In March, Australia will return to Pakistan after an almost 25-year hiatus. While the trip is crucial for Pakistani cricket, the local economy is hurting because Rawalpindi’s Food Street has already been blocked.
Food Street, a popular hangout for foodies from Rawalpindi and Islamabad, was closed on Wednesday, February 23rd, claiming security concerns related to the Australia series.
. To ensure the smooth running of the mega-series, the Food Street in Rawalpindi was blocked before to the high-profile tour. The series’ opening Test match is set to begin on March 4th at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, with the Australian team likely to arrive on February 27th. However, the well-known Food Street, as well as other surrounding shops, have already closed.
All neighbouring businesses, including Allama Iqbal Park (formerly known as Nawaz Sharif Park), Food Street, and Stadium Road (formerly known as Double Road), would be closed during the series, according to our sources.
The decision to close local businesses around the stadium many days before the arrival of the Australian squad is controversial because it has a negative influence on local economic activity and causes challenges for company owners. The historic series will undoubtedly boost Pakistani cricket, but the negative effects on local companies should be reduced by taking appropriate measures.
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