PCB to change Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium name: Here’s why

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If things go as per plan, the international cricket stadium in Lahore will not be called Gaddafi Stadium as the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) plans to change its name. The name will be changed for the first time in 50 years.

The iconic stadium was named after former Libyan president Muammar Gaddafi. Although, there have been calls to change the name of the stadium in the past but the reasons were totally political. This is not the case this time.

Chairman PCB Ramiz Raja confirmed to ESPNcricinfo that they are in ‘advanced negotiations’ with a number of sponsors. One of these sponsors will have the stadium renamed after it, once the deal is finalised.

Its not just the Gaddafi Stadium but other stadiums in the country will also have new names after the cricket board reaches agreement with sponsors. “We acquired the services of YouGov to estimate the brand worth of our stadia, and how much sponsorship deals would be worth,” Ramiz said.

“That’s not just true of the Gaddafi Stadium, but also the NSK and others. We’ve been working towards this for a while, and the response from sponsors has been satisfactory. Once we finalise a deal [for Lahore], the name Gaddafi will go completely, with a sponsor’s name replacing it.”

Brief history of the stadium:

After being built in 1959, it was named as Lahore Stadium. In 1974, it was named in honour of former Libyan president by the then prime minister of Pakistan, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, after he spoke in favour of Pakistan’s right to pursue nuclear weapons at the Organisation of Islamic Conference during his visit to Lahore.

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