Lahore, Nov 23 (UNI) The first day of the first test between India and Pakistan at Feroz Shah Kotla saw some shoddy facilities being provided to journalists from Pakistan.
Though the stadium has been renovated and the sitting capacity has been raised from 27,000 to 46,000, but the facilities in the media box are still very poor.
The Pakistani media suffered as they arrived here yesterday for the coverage of the match and could not find seats allocated for them. They had to make efforts to get a seat for them.
Some of the journalists were not aware of the playing eleven even 20 minutes after the toss.
Adding to their woes, internet connection was a major problem about which most of the journalists complained. For more than one and a half hours there wasn't any internet connection in the stadium. Later an individual came in the media box to sell the Wi-Fi day card for Rs 250.
Speaking to 'Daily Times', an English journalist said, ''In Pakistan the facilities provided to media are akin to facilities in England. We are expecting that we will not face such problems in the coming Test matches in Calcutta and Bangalore. Let's hope for the best.'' Though BCCI is the richest cricket board in the world but the facilities they provided were worse than what the poorest cricket nations would provide. The poor facilities provided by DDCA reflect the kind of management that BCCI has.