Although the apex court had ordered to stop thinking on the note of building a stadium in the capital city, it is apparent that the civic administrators have not lost hope on the dream of bringing the cricket to Islamabad. The administration has plans of building a cricket stadium in the Sector F-9 Park.
Deputy Mayor—Zeeshan Naqvi of the Islamabad Metropolitan Corporation (IMC) said that the Planning and Development Department of the cricket board would be designing the map for the stadium that is to be built in the Sector F-9 park.
He said that once the map is completed it would then be sent to the IMC for approval.
Naqvi added that the stadium once reaches completion would then attract international matches which would then be played in the capital city. Additionally, the cricket academies would be built in 4 new stadiums which are anticipated to be constructed in the sector D-12 of Islamabad.
The youngsters would be given training by the former cricketers.
Back in 2008 and in 2012, the Capital Development Authority (CDA) and the Pakistan Cricket Board had inked an MoU for building a cricket stadium of international standards in the city.
Initially, the plan was to construct the stadium over 35 acres in the area of Shakarparian. This plan experienced trouble when it came out that this area fell under Margalla Hills National Park (MHNP)—which is a protected reserve.
The matter was taken to the court where the apex court dropped the idea since such construction activity could not be done in a protected park.
On the other hand, CDA accused Pakistan Cricket Board of not meeting with the terms and conditions of the signed MoU.
It is pertinent to mention that the current PCB Chairman—Ehsan Mani was among those who disregarded the idea of having a stadium of international standards in the capital city, saying that it would be bad for the green image of the city and would turn the city into a white elephant.
He had suggested investing the designated Rs2 billion for the new stadium on the revamp of the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium.