OUR STAFF REPORTER LAHORE - The inaugural Punjab Chief Minister Summer Cricket League will roll into action from April 18 at 15 grounds of the city simultaneously, a rare-guard effort by the Lahore City Cricket Association to revive club cricket on the pattern of summer leagues organised in the past. President Lahore City Cricket Association Khawaja Nadeem Ahmad said that National Gymkhana will meet Pindi Gymkhana in the opening match here at the LCCA ground. He said a heavy activity programme of matches would go through in the league and in all, 550 matches will be played during three to five months time. The main objective of this league is to revive club cricket and to motivate youth to take up cricket as sport, he said this adding: Lahore was once known as the hub of cricket activities at grass root level and the league is being revived after a lapse of 28 years to boost Lahores cricket which was the nursery of cricket. Kh Nadeem was of the view that the league will help in identifying talented player besides formulating performance-based criteria for the selection of Lahores team to take part in the PCB domestic tournaments. He said the affiliated three zone of the LCCA have different pools to accommodate their respective teams in the league. East Zone teams have been placed in six pools, West in six pools while North in five. From each zone, six top teams will qualify to play in the 'super league of the event and 40 players will be selected to form two Lahores teams to get LCCA central contracts for which the PCB will extend financial assistance in three categories of Rs 20,000, Rs 15,000 and Rs 10,000. LCCA Chief said Rs three million are required to organise CM summer league and they will be approaching the Punjab Government to extend financial assistance besides seeking sponsorship from private sector on the same pattern of organising recently concluded Lahore Premier League . Kh Nadim observed that Lahores club cricket was badly neglected in the past owing to various reasons and they have come forward to lift it out of present gloom. In our so far one year performance, we have done a lot to put Lahores cricket right at the track of success. He said: Our sole objective is to launch collective efforts for the betterment of Lahore cricket and I am delighted that all the three zones are extending full support and cooperation in this regard, said LCCA President. He said the LCCA has announced a panel of umpires to supervise the matches and has barred the umpires of their respective zones to supervise their own zone matches. We will be maintaining the performance record of the players to consider them for selection in Lahore teams to feature in domestic tournaments, LCCA President concluded.