PCB plan to construct stadium in Islamabad
Pakistan hasn’t hosted international cricket since 2009 © Getty Images (Representational Image)
Jul 3, 2014
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) are now in the process of constructing a cricket stadium in the city of Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan. Islamabad does not currently have an international venue and the major stadiums in the country are in Rawalpindi, Karachi, Peshawar, Faisalabad, Multan and Lahore.
The newspaper Dawn, quoted PCB chief Najam Sethi, “We will restart construction within six months and will try to complete the stadium quickly.” PCB had got the land for free and they are planning to build a stadium that will accommodate 50,000 spectators.
However, international cricket taking place in Pakistan anytime soon looks doubtful. No international team has toured Pakistan after the 2009 attacks on the Sri Lankan team bus. Afghanistan did play a short series against Pakistan A in 2011 and an International XI played a couple of exhibition encounters in 2012. The recent attacks on Karachi airport are a setback on their plans to host cricket again.