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Women’s player’s names before Qutta stadium

In the honors of Sana Mir and Kiran Baluch, PCB placed the name before Quetta stadium. Sana Mir and Kiran Baluch are the two female cricketers on the list of ten players finalized by the PCB.   

The first stadium in Pakistan to have stands named after women’s players, as PCB looks to develop the ground into a venue for high-profile cricket.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is set to honor former Women’s Test cricketer Kiran Baluch and former skipper Sana Mir by having enclosures at the Bugti Stadium in Quetta named after them.

From a list of 10, additional players who will have their names on enclosures at the stadium are Misbah-ul-Haq, Shahid Afridi, and Younis Khan, all of whom have led the national side previously.

For the first time in Pakistan, stands at a stadium will have the names of female cricket players. The remaining five players- Mohammad Yousuf, Saeed Ajmal, Saqlain Mushtaq, Shoaib Khan, and Shoaib Malik- complete the list of the players who will receive this honor. Notably, Shoaib Khan is the only male international player to have represented the nation from Balochistan province.

Najam Sethi stated that “The contributions of these 10 cricketers are meritorious and it is important that we recognize their achievements and accomplishments by naming Bugti Stadium stands in their names. This will be PCB’s small token of appreciation to these players, which will also help in creating awareness about Pakistan stars and game development in the Balochistan province. These 10 cricketers are household names and, admired and followed by all generations of cricket lovers,”

Sethi also said that the goal of naming the stands after women cricketers were to encourage girls in the area to take up the sport and significantly boost its popularity.

“The inclusion of Kiran Baluch and Sana Mir reflects the PCB’s vision and endeavors for women’s empowerment and attracting young girls to take up this great game and represent their country on the international stage. I am sure we will get to see more girls taking up this sport in Balochistan and the PCB will leave no stone unturned to develop the women’s game in this region,” he added.

The ODI contest between Pakistan and Zimbabwe back in 1996 remains to be the only international game played at the Bugti Stadium.

The stadium is owned by the local government, but it was given to the PCB in 2001 as part of a deal that the board would take care of upkeeping and renovations to the facility. There are two large built-up stands, two pavilions, and open stands on the north and south sides of the arena.

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