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Monday, May 27, 2024

PCB to develop Abbottabad Cricket Stadium

Recognizing the absence of international cricket matches during the summer season, the committee decided to explore opportunities in the northern region of the country.

PCB has announced the development of the Abbottabad Cricket Stadium as the potential cricket venue. The decision has been taken in regards to conducting cricket series in other regions perhaps colder regions in the Summer season.

Zaka Ashraf, the Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), presided over the third meeting of the PCB’s Management Committee, which took place at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore on a Sunday. Among the ten committee members, Mustafa Ramday participated in the meeting remotely.

During the meeting, the Management Committee members were presented with a three-year financial model for the men’s central contracts. Notably, they not only approved this model but also commended Zaka Ashraf for his active involvement in the negotiations, which played a pivotal role in achieving the desired outcome.

In a gesture aimed at honoring the contributions of former cricketers to the sport, the committee unanimously voted to increase the budget for the Player Welfare Scheme by 10 percent.

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Recognizing the absence of international cricket matches during the summer season, the committee decided to explore opportunities in the northern region of the country. In this context, Abbottabad Cricket Stadium was deliberated as a potential venue for hosting international matches in the future. Conceptual plans for the construction of a new pavilion at Abbottabad Cricket Stadium were presented and well-received, ultimately gaining approval.

The infrastructure department also provided an update on proposals discussed in the previous meeting. These proposals encompassed projects such as the installation of solar panels at all four stadiums, the renovation of the National Cricket Academy, and the installation of mist fans in the general enclosures of the stadiums. Additionally, members were briefed on plans for replacing digital screens at all the stadiums.

The development of Abbottabad Cricket Stadium will also promote tourism in these regions as more foreign tourists and players will visit Pakistan and the said venue.