PCB to give Balochistan representation at international level

Updated July 27, 2019

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Wasim says it was suggested commercial complexes should be built around the Nawab Akbar Bugti Cricket Stadium. — 2014 Neville Chadwick
Wasim says it was suggested commercial complexes should be built around the Nawab Akbar Bugti Cricket Stadium. — 2014 Neville Chadwick

QUETTA: The Pakistan Cricket Board is planning to give representation to Balochistan at the international level through promoting the sport at commercial level and providing solid infrastructure across the province, PCB managing director Wasim Khan said on Friday.

Wasim said this while speaking at a press conference here at the Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti Cricket Stadium after presiding over a meeting.

PCB chief operating officer Subhan Ahmed and Federal Secretary for Inter-provincial Affairs Akbar Khan Durrani were also present on the occasion.

Wasim said that it was suggested in the meeting that the commercial complexes should be built around the Nawab Akbar Bugti Cricket Stadium, where commercial activities can be launched on the pattern of Fortress and Gaddafi Stadiums in Lahore.

“All [possible] measures will be taken to provide better infrastructure in and around the [Nawab Bugti] stadium that will generate income for the stadium besides helping in starting international cricket in Quetta,” Wasim said at the presser.

“Developing proper infrastructure and solid commercial base will benefit cricket in Balochistan,” Wasim said, adding that Quetta could host some matches of the next Pakistan Super League T20 event.

Speaking on the occasion, Subhan said the PCB will make all-out efforts for promoting cricket and giving representation to Balochistan in national and international cricket. “Balochistan cricket will be included in the PCB review plan,” the official stated and added that after developing new infrastructure Quetta will be able to hold international matches.

He said the PCB was providing assistance to other districts of Balochistan also for bringing improvement to their cricket venues.

Responding to a query, Wasim said no decision has been taken yet regarding the future of national captain Sarfraz Ahmed and head coach Mickey Arthur.

Published in Dawn, July 27th, 2019