Although I spent most of my childhood in Abu Dhabi but I do remember spending a few Ramadan’s here in Karachi as a child. The best thing about Ramadan in Karachi used to be night cricket in our mohallah. It was fun putting up extra lights to play those ‘five-a-side’ matches. Ofcourse, not to forget the inter mohalla rivalry. As I only used to be here for my vacations, it would be something completely unusual for me. I still remember how one of our neighbours, a retired army major, gave everyone the nastiest possible looks on making so much noise and his car was usually one of the favourite targets 😉
Although, Ramadan nights street cricket remains the norm in a lot of mohallas, things have changed drastically for our mohalla, mainly after the development of Asghar Ali Shah Cricket Stadium. The road which was used to play cricket, now serves as the main parking area for the stadium. The 100 Watt light bulbs have been replaced by flood lights. The mohalla teams have been replaced by club teams and people in our mohalla have become mere spectators. And the funniest is that our very irritating neighbour who would complain on literally every ball seems to be helpless now.
I took these two pics last night when a match was in full swing. Notice how the dearth of ‘entertainment’ opportunities in Karachi makes sooo many people come just to see club cricket. Also, in the second picture, notice the Geo Super crew standing on top of the pavillion.