LAHORE - Lahore City Cricket Association (LCCA) president Khawaja Nadeem Ahmad has said that the holding of the National Twenty20 Cup will help in getting necessary preparations and experience to organise international cricket in the city in due course of time.

Talking to this scribe, Kh Nadeem said: “It is going to be a very significant event in terms of getting needed preparations to organise international cricket which will return to Pakistan soon as Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is making sincere efforts in this regard.”

He said the Twenty20 Cup would bring back crowds to the home of cricket in Pakistan, Gaddafi Stadium and other venues like LCCA and Lahore Gymkhana Bagh-e-Jinnah ground during the week-long thrilling competition.

“This tournament is being played in Lahore after two years and I anticipate full house at Gaddafi Stadium and other venues and this event is going to create cricket festivity in the beginning of winter season and people will love to watch the cricket stars drawn in different games,” said the LCCA Chief, who himself a former first class cricket and die hard supporter of the game.

Nadeem said the LCCA’s full support was with PCB in its endeavor for the resumption of international cricket in the country and it stood besides the cricket board in every thick and thin. “It is the result of devoted effort of the PCB chairman Chaudhry Zaka Ashraf that Pakistan is at the threshold of staging international cricket and Zaka’s vision of holding Pakistan Premier League will support Pakistan’s case of organising international cricket,” he added.

He said special arrangements had been made at LCCA for holding the matches in a smooth manner by meeting all the requirements. “We are thankful to the PCB for extending help in this regard.”

Kh Nadeem said efforts had been made to turn the LCCA in a model regional cricket association by setting up its website and now they were in process of hiring marketing and financial experts to make it an organisation having sound organisational infrastructure. “We are focusing on the revival of grass root cricket and we are confident that in a year or so, we will be able to set new bench marks for the betterment of club cricket,” he concluded.