Streets of an upcoming housing estate in Melbourne have been named after cricketers, including some legendary names from Pakistan like Imran Khan, Wasim Akram, Inzamamul Haq, Javed Miandad and Shoaib Akhtar. The streets are situated in the Rockbank Suburb of Melton City Council.
Property Developer Varun Sharma, while speaking to SBS Hindi, said that inquiries doubled after the announcement.
“As soon as we announced street names after cricketers, the inquiries doubled,” Mr Sharma told SBS Hindi.
“Who would not like to live on Kohli crescent? You never know Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli might drive by the street when he is in Melbourne this December,” Mr Sharma added.
The streets covered a variety cricketing greats including names such as Akram Way, Hadlee Street, Tendulkar Drive, Akhtar Avenue, Inzamam Street, Kohli Crescent, Sobers Drive and Dev Terrace.
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City of Melton Mayor Cr Lara Carli was delighted with the overwhelming response to the move.
“Street names in our City are usually submitted by developers and approved by Council if they meet Office of Geographic Names guidelines. It seems these cricket-themed names are already popular with cricket fans in our community and beyond. It’s great to see a positive response to these names, and it’s something I’m sure the developer and surrounding residents can be proud of.” he said.
Melbourne-based property consultant Vivek Handa, however, believed that the street names were not enough to convince people to buy properties in the housing estate.
“In my opinion, it doesn’t matter what the name of the street is. When people plan to buy land or house they check many other parameters. One should always look at how close the schools, transport, hospitals, and supermarkets are rather than gushing over the street name,” Mr Handa said.