LAHORE

Punjab Chief Minister M Shahbaz Sharif Tuesday hosted a reception in honour of Pakistan’s women cricket team which won gold medal for the country in the Asian Games women cricket event. Congratulating the captain of women’s cricket team, Sana Mir, coach, Chairperson Women Cricket Team Bushara Aitizaz and Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board Shehryar Khan on winning the gold medal, Shahbaz announced cash prize of Rs500,000 each for all players and officials of team.

The Chief Minister said women cricket team has won laurels for the country by winning the gold medal in Asian Games. He said the whole nation is proud of the splendid performance of the women cricket players. He said that women players are ambassadors of Pakistan and they have proved this fact through excellent team work on and off the field. He said that Pakistan is a great country and there is a need to make collective efforts for putting it on the road to progress and prosperity. He said that it is the duty of every citizen to rise above himself and think only of the nation.

He said that collective efforts should be made to ensure that maximum number of foreign teams should come to Pakistan so that sports could be promoted in the country.  The Chief Minister said that he wants to construct cricket grounds especially for women in every division of the province. Sharif while allocating Model Town cricket ground for women on the demand of players of women cricket team directed concerned officials that this ground should be handed over to PCB by tomorrow.

 so that women players could start practice and play matches there.

Addressing the function, women cricket team captain Sana Mir said that Chief Minister has always encouraged them. She said that Shahbaz had earlier also invited them and encouraged them and today he also honoured them for which they are thankful to him. Chairman PCB Shehryar Khan and Chairperson Bushara Aitazaz also thanked Chief Minister over the encouragement of players.

MNA Shaista Pervaiz Malik, Assembly Members Mian Naseer Ahmed, Tahia Noon, Hina Pervaiz, Secretary Information, Secretary Sports, DG Sports, players of Kabaddi team and players of various other games were present in large numbers.