Justice AtharMinallah of the Islamabad High Court on Thursday directed Capital Development Authority (CDA) to let National Cricket Club’s players play cricket at the National Cricket Ground in Sector F-7/3 Islamabad.
The cricketers and the National Cricket Club, including its President Shabbir Ahmad, had filed a constitutional petition 932/2017 through Yasser Latif Advocate and Barrister Omer Azad Malik, Advocate before the Islamabad High Court. They had challenged the CDA’s decision to seal the National Cricket Ground and send the cricket club off the ground.
The petitioners through their counsels argued that the decision of CDA to stop cricketers from playing cricket at a public cricket ground was in violation of the fundamental constitutional rights under Article 9 and Article 26 of the Constitution. They argued that Article 26 of the Constitution allows every member of the public unfettered access to public parks and grounds. They further argued that denying this fundamental right was detrimental to the careers of professional cricketers who were part of the National Cricket Club. The next date of hearing is March 27, 2017.