LAHORE The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Governing Board Tuesday held a marathon meeting under the chairmanship of newly-appointed chief Zaka Ashraf that lasted for more than eight hours here at the National Cricket Academy. The meeting approved 14-point agenda for promotion of cricket in the country. The participants were told that three new cricket academies would be formed in Multan, Karachi and Rawalpindi for the promotion of cricket across the country on grassroots level. According to plans, the PCB will also improve existing infrastructure to boost the game in the country. In this regard the Rawalpindi ground will be renovated while a new ground at Garhi Khuda Bux would be raised to facilitate youngsters from Sindh. The Board also approved the name of Brig. Sajjad as new Cricket Coordinator of the PCB. It was also decided in the meeting that Benevolent fund should be launched for past and present cricketers, including umpires and other stake holders very soon. Chief Operating Officer Subhan Ahmed also informed the meeting about the steps taken by the PCB for return of international cricket in the country, a source confirmed on condition of anonymity. The participants of meeting show satisfaction over the measures taken by the PCB for the early return of cricket in country. Ashraf had earlier said that Pakistan cricket has been badly hurt in the past as no foreign teams toured Pakistan since terrorists attack on Sri Lanka team in 2009 "Bringing back international cricket to Pakistan remains one of my main priorities. It is good that our team is presently doing well and producing positive results but it is equally important that they play at home in front of their people and supporters," he said. He said in order to convince foreign teams to visit Pakistan, the PCB would soon set up a vigilance cell that would monitor the security issues and also matters related to corruption and fixing. "We are willing to work very closely with the ICC on security matters to satisfy them. We are willing to assure foolproof security for visiting teams," he added. Zaka Ashraf expressed the hope that international cricket's return to Pakistan next year, and hoped that neighbours India too would be visiting the strife-torn country sooner than later. Ashraf said he was hopeful that Bangladesh and Sri Lanka would break the ice and tour Pakistan next year. "I am looking forward to seeing the revival of international cricket in Pakistan in 2012," he said. "India till recently had reservations about touring Pakistan due to the conditions. But I would like to see the Indians respond in a positive manner to our offer. We would also like to see the Indians in Pakistan at some stage." Ashraf will visit India and Bangladesh next month on the invitations of the respective boards of two countries to discuss bilateral cricket ties and future tours. No Test playing nation has visited Pakistan since 2009 after the terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team in Lahore. He denied the impression that PCB was trying to strike a deal with the Bangladesh Cricket Board over the issue of nominating a joint candidate for the ICC VP's post. "If we are allowing Bangladesh to nominate their candidate it is because they deserve this right since in 2003 they supported our candidate, Ahsan Mani for the key ICC position. There is no deal involved in this," Ashraf said.