PESHAWAR, Jun 23 (APP): Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Shah Farman Wednesday said that cricket was the most popular game in Pakistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa secures the honor of producing world class cricketers.
He said this while addressing the prize distribution ceremony of the 30th Governor Gold Cup Cricket Tournament here at Governor House.
Players from the winners Hankers Club and runners-up team Northern Sports besides members trustees Malik Saad Shaheed Sports Trust including former International athlete Bahre Karam, Ex-MPA Dr. Zakir Shah, Shakeer ur Rehman, Mazar Ul Haq, Imtiaz Ahmad Ali, Organizing Secretary Syed Hashmat Shah, Imran Ullah Khattak, umpires Muhammad Tanveer, Khurram Shehzad, Qari Ihsan Ullah, Senior journalists Amjad Aziz Malik, President Pakistan Sports Writers Association, Arshad Aziz Malik, former President Khyber Union of Journalist, and Ijaz Ahmad Khan, President KP Sports Writers Association and players of both the teams were also present.
Shah Farman appreciated the organizing committee for holding 30th edition of the Governor Gold Club, a tournament started in the 80s which has been a key contribution as far as ensuring competitive exposure to the players.
It is heartening to see the interest of the youth of our province in the game of cricket and the representation of young players in the field of cricket at national and international levels, Shah Farman added.
He said that practical steps were being taken for its promotion and soon the people of the province would be able to watch international cricket matches in Peshawar as the government was working on some mega projects including construction of two International standard Cricket Stadium – Arbab Niaz Cricket Stadium and Hayatabad Cricket Stadium besides having another world class Stadium in scenic Kalam.
Governor Shah Farman said that he also plays cricket and has a keen interest in the game. He said after the completion of the two world class Stadiums it would help in bringing international cricket to Peshawar.
He said, it is very encouraging that Chief Minister KP is monitoring the ongoing construction works on these Stadium besides taking steps for the development of having Playground facilities under Prime Minister 1000 Playground Projects in each of the Union Council in both Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and merged tribal areas.
The Governor awarded gold and silver medals to the players of winners team Hankers Club and runners-up team Northern Sports.
He also gave away trophies and cash prizes of Rs. 100,000 cash to the winners and Rs. 50,000. The Organizing Committee headed by Amjad Aziz Malik, Chairman Malik Saad Shaheed Sports Trust, also announced Rs. 100,000 and Rs. 50,000 to both winners and runners-up teams.
A trophy and cash prizes was also awarded to Shahibzada Farman who made 130 runs in the final. He was not there besides playing for Islamabad United in the PSL-6 matches.
Shields were also distributed among eminent personalities on the occasion. In addition, a commemorative shield was presented to Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Shah Farman by Arshad Aziz Malik on behalf of Malik Saad Shaheed Sports Trust.