PCB hopes to host major ICC events in next phase

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has aimed on hosting rights of major events of International Cricket Council (ICC) in near future.

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Following their meeting with the game’s governing body, PCB officials are hoping to receive positive outcomes.

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PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani and Chief Executive Wasim Khan accompanied ICC Chief Executive Manu Sawhney and ICC General Manager – Commercial, Campbell Jamieson, to a meeting with Fahmida Mirza, Federal Minister for Inter Provincial Coordination, in Islamabad on Wednesday.

Sawhney’s visit was part of the ICC’s initiative to meet all Members in order to make them know the process to be adopted for the allocation of ICC Events in between 2023-2031 cycle that will comprise of eight men’s events, eight women’s events, four men’s U19 events and four Women’s U19 events.

PCB chief executive Wasim Khan said, “We had positive, constructive and wide-ranging meetings with the ICC in relation to the 2023-2031 event cycle. As part of our vision, we want to push on and host a number of ICC global events during the next rights cycle.

“So, from that perspective, it was excellent to get an insight into the ICC’s expectations and requirements so that we can accordingly plan and prepare our bid document.

The ICC officials earlier visited the Lahore Safe City Project.

Wasim Khan further said, “We now have a clearer idea of what will be required from us and so we will now go away from this meeting and think through our strategy for approaching the bid process.

“We are determined and keen to host ICC Events in the next events cycle and understand this will not be a straightforward project. We will require a lot of support from the government as well all stakeholders,” he added.

The much speculated bilateral series between Bangladesh and Pakistan is all set to begin on Friday at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore with the first of the three match T20I series.

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