PM announces Rs10m for each player

Published: June 21, 2017
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Information minister says encouragement will help promote sports. PHOTO: REUTERS

Information minister says encouragement will help promote sports. PHOTO: REUTERS

Information minister says encouragement will help promote sports. PHOTO: REUTERS Pakistan need to start preparing for the 2015 World Cup. PHOTO: REUTERS

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has announced Rs10 million for each member of the Pakistan cricket team in acknowledgement of their historic performance in the ICC Champions Trophy.

Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Marriyum Aurangzeb said on Tuesday that the Pakistan team made the nation proud by becoming the champions.

“The national cricket team showed excellent performance while batting, bowling and fielding in the tournament and it fully deserves the appreciation and patronage of the nation and the government,” she said, adding that encouraging young players would help promote sports in the country.

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Meanwhile talking to The Express Tribune, Marriyum said that every province should follow Punjab CM’s model for revival of domestic cricket through construction of more than 150 state-of–the-art cricket grounds, of which more than 60 had been completed and the rest were under construction.

“Unprecedented and historic budget has been allocated for sports in Punjab during the coming fiscal year,” she said.

Meanwhile, Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani has invited the Pakistan cricket team to visit Parliament House after Eid.

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In a letter to Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Shaharyar Khan, Rabbani extended congratulations to the cricket team on behalf of the Senate over their victory in the ICC Champions Trophy final against India.

The letter invites the cricket team to the Parliament House at a convenient date and time during the coming session of the Senate, from July 10 to 21, according to a press release.

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Reader Comments (2)

  • Haji Atiya
    Jun 21, 2017 - 10:36AM

    And what about allocating a 1000x that collective amount for a greatly revamped sports infrastructure and training facilities, etc. ?Recommend

  • Sexton
    Jun 22, 2017 - 1:57PM

    The PM is being very generous with taxpayer money. I cannot say I agree with this decision. Cricketers are well paid anyway.Recommend

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