In an unfortunate incident in Pakistan, eight first-class cricketers were taken to the hospital after bugs bit them during a Quaid-e-Azam Trophy match.
It is very disheartening to see a premier first-class competition in Pakistan getting faced with such a scenario. There were as many as six Test players in the match between Lahore Whites and Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL).
A horrible condition of the dressing room
Eight cricketers were left sick due to the terrible condition of the dressing room and the playing field at the Lahore City Cricket Association Ground.
Former Pakistan opening batsman, Imran Farhat was furious on the present situation, as he expressed his disappointment over it on his Twitter handle.
Going to hospital from the ground after horrible attack by bugs during the match pic.twitter.com/ups0oj3djm
— Imran Farhat (@imranfarhat1982) September 4, 2018
Farhat also showed the bug bites by posting photos. Farhat represents the Habib Bank Limited in the first-class format.
“Going to the hospital from ground after a horrible attack by bugs during the match,” he wrote as a caption with the pictures.
Imran Farhat said all the Pakistan first-class players fell ill
“Everyone is feeling sick and struggling because of the ground conditions and all the players are on antibiotics,” he further added.
Meanwhile, Misbah-ul-Haq posted a video on his Twitter handle where he showed the pathetic condition of the dressing room. The toilets were filthy with tiling also wearing out. There was no air-condition inside the dressing room as well.
The former 44-year-old batsman said Pakistan Cricket Board needs to improve the facility provided to the cricketers for domestic games.
This is not a storeroom.This is LCCA ground's dressing room currently hosting first class match between SNGPL&Lahore whites.Six test players are playing in this match.I think players deserve better than this.Outfield and pitch is also not encouraging for cricket. pic.twitter.com/xpJ8RMSkkF
— Misbah Ul Haq (@captainmisbahpk) September 2, 2018
“If we want to improve the standards of first-class cricket PCB should take notice of this and don’t let this happen. Imagine around 20 people in this room with lonely fan in this heat and a sluggish outfield,” he wrote.
Given the abilities of any Pakistan team over the years, it is regrettable to see these top-class players getting treated to this type of negligence.