KP Govt to make efforts for bringing some matches of PSL 2021 in Peshawar: CM

Special Correspondent

PESHAWAR: Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Mahmood Khan has said the provincial government will make all out efforts to make it possible that some of the matches of Pakistan Super League (PSL) Cricket Tournament 2021 are held in the Provincial Capital Peshawar adding that civil work is in progress on the upgradation of Arbab Niaz Cricket Stadium Peshawar to develop it up to the required standard, and all the preparations to this effect will be completed well in time provided that situations in corona context were favorable. He was chairing a meeting of the Sports Department here on Monday to review the possibilities of holding some of the next PSL matches in Peshawar. The meeting also reviewed the progress so far made on the upgradation projects of Arbab Niaz Cricket Stadium for the possible holding of the PSL matches. The meeting was informed that civil work on the upgradation of the stadium and work on the provision of the required facilities in the stadium is in progress however, the pace of work has been effected due to the prevailing corona situation; and a period of six to seven month will be required to complete all the necessary arrangements in the stadium. Besides Advisor to CM on Information, Ajmal Wazir, Secretary Tourism and Sports, Khushal Khan, Secretary Communication and Works, Ijaz Hussain Ansaari, Special Secretary to CM, Masood Younas, Director General Sports, Asfandyar Khattak, representatives of Finance and Planning Department and other relevant authorities attended the meeting. Addressing the meeting, the Chief Minister said that promotion of sports activities in the province was one of the top priorities of the incumbent provincial government further stating that the government was taking result oriented steps under a comprehensive strategy devised in this regard. The Chief Minister directed the relevant authorities of Sports and C&W Departments to make all out efforts to complete the civil work on the upgradation of stadium and provision of other allied facilities well in time, so that holding of some of the PSL matches in the stadium could be possible. Mahmood Khan also directed the concerned authorities to ensure uninterrupted provision of the required funds to accelerate the pace of civil work at Arbab Niaz Cricket Stadium Peshawar.