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PCB’s Mohsin Naqvi: Stadiums will be ready

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The 72nd Board of Governors meeting (BoG) of the Pakistan Cricket Board convened at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore on Saturday.

Top of the agenda at the meeting was ongoing planning for the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy 2025.

PCB Chairman Mohsin Naqvi reiterated: “The upgradation work of the three major venues will be completed well in time and the PCB will arrange world class facilities for the showpiece event. The PCB is consistently working to explore new venues for the domestic tournaments which are to take place in the upcoming season.”

The meeting was led by Chairman PCB Mohsin Naqvi while COO PCB, Salman Naseer, Chief financial officer, Javed Murtaza, Director Domestic PCB, Abdullah Khurram Niazi and members of the BOG including Zahid Akhtar Zaman, Sajjad Ali Khokhar, Zafarullah Jadgal, Tanvir Ahmed, Tariq Sarwar, Dr Anwar Ahmed Khan, Mohammad Ismail Qureshi, Mairaj Mehmood and Usama Azhar were present in the meeting. 

PCB’s budget for the fiscal year 2024-25 was approved in the meeting while a development budget of 12.8 billion rupees were also approved for the upgradation of the Gaddafi stadium, Lahore, Rawalpindi Stadium and National Bank Stadium, Karachi. A total of 4.5 billion has been set aside for the upcoming 2024-25 domestic season. The Women’s Cricket budget has also been increased from PKR 70 million to 240 million. Moreover, an increase in the remuneration in the central contracts of the women players was also approved.

In the meeting it was decided that the PCB will look after 12 cricket grounds besides the major venues that are set to host domestic cricket in the 2024-25 season. Meanwhile, it was also decided that the PCB will provide funds to ground staff working in 100 different grounds across the country.

Members of the meeting also discussed strategies to improve the quality of domestic cricket in the country. Chairman PCB also briefed the members regarding the steps taken to promote and improve the women’s game in the country.

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