LAHORE Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif said on Friday that Punjab government is committed to promote women cricket while establishing a modern cricket academy will help to achieve this objective. The CM said this while inaugurating the Punjab Women Cricket Ground and Academy here at Model Town ground. PCB Women Wing chairperson Bushara Aitazaz, former PCB chairman Khalid Mahmood, LCCA president Khawaja Nadeem Ahmad and PCB officials Zakir Khan and Intikhab Alam were also present on the occasion. Shahbaz reiterated his pledge to give sports top priority saying cricket was the sport in which Pakistan has achieved a number of milestones and there was dire need to broaden the base of the game by providing more infrastructure and facilities. "Today is a special day for women cricket as female cricketers finally got a centre which is equipped with all modern facilities which will help them to polish their skills and talent," he said. He said the facility had been created at a cost of Rs 9.5 million which will cater the ever growing needs of women cricket. The pick and drop facility to budding cricketers will be also be provided in due course of time, he asserted. "When our national women cricket team returned from China after winning the Asian Games women cricket title, I promised them to provide exclusive women cricket ground having an academy and today I am glad that I have fulfilled my promise," he said. He praised the contribution of women wing of the PCB in improving the women cricket standards in cricket and assured it the full cooperation of Punjab government in its future endeavour. An exhibition match was also played between Punjab Reds and Blacks to mark the opening of the ground which Blacks won by six wickets.