Sports: Cricket: Upbeat with PSL success, PCB gears up to upgrade infrastructure

Karachi: PCB’s Board of Governors has put their weight behind the board’s plans of developing infrastructure for PSL and international matches around the country in the years ahead during 48th PCB BoG meeting that took place at a local hotel here in Karachi.

The meeting, which was chaired by Chairman PCB Najam Sethi, discussed various methods pertaining to Domestic, International and Women’s cricket.

The BoG appreciated and congratulated the PCB for the outstanding success of the HBL Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2018 that concluded with a historic final at Karachi’s National Stadium on Sunday.

The BoG acknowledged the tireless efforts of the Chairman and PCB team that delivered a hugely successful third edition of the league with an unprecedented three matches being staged in the country following the league stage in Dubai and Sharjah.

The BoG members unanimously backed the PCB in the efforts of building the PSL brand that has now become a leading Pakistani brand acknowledged around the world.

The BoG also backed PCB’s plans of developing an infrastructure for PSL and international matches around the country in the years ahead. Stadiums would be upgraded and brought to international standards for the upcoming editions of the PSL as well as international tours by teams from around the world.

The BoG was also briefed about the plans and preparations for the three match T20I series against the West Indies that will be staged at the National Stadium in Karachi next week.

The Chairman also briefed the BoG about cricket development at the Domestic level, it was decided by the members that the National A Team should be revived and team’s home and away tours should be arranged with teams from around the world in the coming months.

The BoG was also briefed about PCB plans of further improving Domestic cricket.

The PCB has requested the Departments to play an active role in improving and capacity building of Regions across the country and elaborate plans would be soon shared with them.

Women’s Cricket team performance in Sri Lanka was also appreciated by the BoG following their success in the ODI series there.

The Chairman apprised the BoG of the plan of setting-up five Women’s Cricket Academies around the country, details of the venues and development plan for these academies would be announced soon.