Zaheer wants England as neutral venue for Pakistan home series

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ISLAMABAD, Feb 6 (APP): Asian Bradman Zaheer Abbas on Monday
advised the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) that England must be used
as a neutral venue for Pakistan to host their home series.
Talking to media at the inauguration ceremony of the Women
Cricket Academy at Government Viqar un Nisa College for Women,
Rawalpindi, Zaheer said we have seen the national team’s play in the
United Arab Emirates (UAE). “The team’s performance is not improving
playing in the UAE especially of our bowlers,” he said.
He suggested the PCB that instead of hosting our matches in
the UAE we can go for England as a neutral venue. “We have got a lot
of Pakistani crowd in England and playing in England would result in
better performance of the team,” he said.
He also urged PCB to take inputs from local former cricketers
in order to bring improvement in the game of cricket.
Responding to a question regarding the PCB to host a round
table conference next month, Zaheer said if the inputs given by the
cricketers in the round table conference are implemented then
cricket will surely improve.
Returning to the inauguration ceremony of the Women Cricket
Academy, Zaheer said he was very happy to see the sports spirit in
the Viqar un Nisa College. He also praised the Sport Board Punjab
for supporting the youth especially women in the field of sports.
“Hopefully we will soon be seeing players making it from Viqar
un Nisa College to the national women’s team,” he said.
Speaking on the occasion, Pakistan Muslim League- Nawaz (PML-
N) leader Muhammad Hanif Abbasi said Zaheer Abbas is a great name of
our country and every cricketer wants to be like him.
“We are working under the vision of Chief Minister Punjab,
Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif to develop sports facilities,” he said.
He said we will also be laying the first blue astro-turf at
Viqar un Nisa College. “Sports grounds for Hockey, Cricket,
synthetic football grounds and others sports are also being
developed,” he said.
“Our main agenda is promotion of sports in the province and we
will utilize all recourses and energies to complete the development
plans as soon as possible.”
He said Chief Minister Punjab will also be inaugurating a
project on March 23 in Lahore. “No other province can compete with
us by means of the record development work being done in the Punjab
province,” he said.