Najam Sethi, the newly appointed chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), presided over the first meeting of the PCB’s Management Committee at the National High Performance Centre.
After hearing a thorough presentation on the upcoming HBL Pakistan Super League (PSL) season 8, the PCB Management Committee decided to include Quetta as the fifth location for the eighth instalment of the PCB’s annual tournament, which will take place between February 13 and March 19.
There will be separate discussions between PCB security experts and local authorities to ensure the safety and security of all the participants, officials, and spectators for the HBL PSL 8 matches, and the Committee agreed that PCB will work closely with the local government for upgrading and renovating the Bugti Stadium.
Najam Sethi said that Bugti Stadium in Quetta will be the fifth location. Bugti Stadium is the home field of the Quetta Gladiators, and we will never forget the fantastic atmosphere when the 2019 champions visited the city.
“I’m happy that we’ll be able to bring HBL PSL matches to the doorsteps of the cricket-loving people of Quetta, who have been yearning for long to see high-profile cricket in their backyard. I have already met with high-ranking authorities in the province of Balochistan, and they have given me their complete support from the standpoint of event execution,” he said.
The Committee also discussed the possibility of holding HBL PSL and international matches in the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Peshawar, and decided to do so if there are no restrictions imposed by the provincial and federal governments and the stadiums have cricket, broadcast, spectator, and media facilities up to international standards.
There were also early talks about The Women’s League held by the Management Committee, with more in-depth discussions to follow at a later date.
Under the PCB Constitution 2014, the conference also examined the domestic cricket system and resolved to let the Pakistan Cup end on January 3 in the best interest of the players and event.
It was decided that Mr. Najam Sethi, Mr. Shakil Sheikh, and Mr. Haroon Rashid would prepare a preliminary draft of the domestic structure that would reflect the PCB Constitution 2014, and that this document would then be shared with the Committee for further debate.