PCB making Huge investment to deliver successful CT

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Lahore, Aug 3 (UNI) Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official has assured that they are putting their ''best foot forward'' to deliver a ''successful Champions Trophy'' to the cricket world.

Mansur Sohail, PCB's media chief told 'The News' yesterday that efforts have been stepped up to ensure that stadiums in Karachi, Lahore and Rawalpindi are fully ready ahead of the start of the ICC Champions Trophy to be played from September 12 to 28 at the three venues.

''We are putting our best foot forward,'' Sohail said.

''Whether its security arrangements or upgrading the facilities, nothing is being left to chance. We are confident of delivering a successful Champions Trophy to the cricket world and all possible steps are being taken to ensure it,'' he added.

Mansur said the PCB will be spending more than Rs 500 million on the renovation and facelift carried out at the three venues.

''We are making massive investments to make the Champions Trophy a memorable event,'' said Mansur.

According to details, a total of Rs 240 million will be spent on the upgrading of the Rawalpindi Stadium. Though a Test venue, Rawalpindi hasn't staged much international cricket in recent times and now the PCB wants to bring back top-class actions to the city by holding the Champions Trophy matches there.

At the Gaddafi Stadium here, the Board will be spending Rs 210 million to upgrade and expand the stadium.

''The Gaddafi Stadium's seating capacity will be raised by 6500 seats for the Champions Trophy,'' said Mansur.

The PCB had given six months to the contractors to finish work at the two venues and is now expecting the facilities to be fully ready at least ten days before the start of the CT.

''We are very excited about the Champions Trophy,'' Mansur said.

''Pakistan have not hosted many major teams since the home series against South Africa (last October) so naturally every one is looking forward to seeing top players in action in the Champions trophy,'' he added.

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