City District government of Rawalpindi has delegated the control Pindi Cricket Stadium to Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for 30 years on lease. As, in 2008, matches of international cricket champions trophy will be held, so in order to uplift the standard of Pindi Cricket Stadium, this step was taken by the district government, in the greater interest of the game.
The pact was signed yesterday in the presence of the government and PCB officials. From the government side, district coordinator officer Rawalpindi Irfan Elahi, city district nazim Raja Javed Ikhlas and from the PCB side Chief operating officer Shafqat Naghmi took part in the meeting. They signed the 30 year pact and exchanged the documents. PCB has got a comprehensive plan to renovate the stadium, and make it with par of international excellence, which is a very welcome sign for the intensely cricket loving people of Rawalpindi/Islamabad and the suburbs.
PCB plans to complete work in stadium uptill December 2008. They have planned to redesign the stadium from scratch. The seats for the spectators will be increased considerably, and the designing and decoration will be done professionally with thorough consultation and strict supervision. PCB has earmarked 2.5 billion rupees for this purpose. Currently the capacity of Pindi Cricket Stadium is 19,000, which is pathetically low by keeping mind the population of twin cities and the suburbs. Now they are planning to enhance it upto 30,000 at the end of the next year.
PCB has also shown a good gesture by announcing that though they have taken the Pindi Cricket Stadium on lease from the city district government, they would allow the matches which will be arranged by the district government, and will also facilitate them. This will surely boost the quality level of the local cricket. As PCB has got lots and lots of money, they have generously allowed district government to keep the shops and offices outside the stadium.
It’s a commendable thing that PCB has started the preparations for the upcoming cricket champions trophy next year. They have planned to provide free mineral water to the spectators in the ground, and they have also planned to increase the number of washrooms too. It has also been said that PCB has hired a company for Rs. 2 million for the provision of free mineral water in the ground. PCB has also contracted some good companies with reasonable rates to provide food items during the matches. Along with this, PCB should also put more focus on the national team, and find new and real talent for the team to save the Pakistani fans from recurring disappointments.More on:PCB, Rawalpindi, Shafqat Naghmi
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