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PCB told not to organise night matches due to power crisis

Karachi: Pakistan Cricket Board and other sports federations have been told by the country`s biggest power providers to stop organising matches and events under floodlights as part of the power conservation drive in Pakistan.

"We have already informed the Cricket Board and all other sports bodies that the country is facing a severe power crisis and they should not hold matches under floodlights to conserve energy," Pakistan Electric Power Company the Chairman Muhammad Khalid told reporters.

"Pakistan is facing an overall energy crisis and everyone needs to contribute to help overcome this problem," Khalid added.

A PCB official, however, said the Board would implement the PEPCO directions from next season.

"We had received the PEPCO letter but was already using generators to run the floodlights. We will implement the PEPCO directions from our next season because this year the domestic season ends tomorrow," the official said.

Sports Minister Ijaz Jakhrani advised sports federations to try to organize their events during daytime but said all scheduled events under lights would be held as planned.

"Sports is essential for any country and we must continue to have sports events so we will try to find a resolution but for the moment all scheduled events under lights would be held as planned," he said.

The directions from PEPCO would be a big blow to PCB and other sports bodies who have been holding their events under floodlights.

Hot weather conditions, office hours and other issues have led to more and more sports bodies in Pakistan opting to organise events under lights with even local cricket matches being held under floodlights in Karachi.

At present, PCB is organising its national one-day championship at the national stadium under lights.

The government recently announced radical steps to tackle power and energy crisis including implementation of a two-day weekly off for government offices, banks and institutions and have ordered shopkeepers to shut down shutters by 8 pm.

The government has also ordered CNG stations all over the country to observe a weekly off-day.

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