Islamabad Cricket Stadium
Islamabad Cricket Stadium, also known as Shakarparian Cricket Stadium, is a proposed state-of-the-art cricket stadium in Islamabad, Pakistan. From a tourism standpoint, Pakistan’s government has embarked on the development of a new stadium. This venue will not only incorporate a high-performance center but also serve as the host for a variety of international and local tournaments and fixtures. The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has joined hands with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to oversee the project’s completion.
The Shakarparian area received its designation as a Sports Center back in 1960, thanks to the planning expertise of Greek firm Doxiadis Associates, the architects behind Islamabad’s master plan. Since then, this area has been host to various sports facilities, including the Sports Complex, Museum, Lok Virsa, Golf Course, and Islamabad Club. However, in 1979, a significant shift occurred when the federal government incorporated this region into the National Park and Zone III area. Consequently, any construction activities have been strictly prohibited since then.
The stadium’s amenities will extend to include a luxurious five-star hotel, intended for hosting visiting international teams. This strategic addition not only bolsters team security but also alleviates traffic congestion within the entire city. When it comes to selecting the stadium’s location, the CDA has explored several options. Among them, the foothills of the Margalla Mountains emerge as a prime choice owing to their picturesque surroundings and logistical advantages.
Apart from the envisioned cricket stadium, the Capital Development Authority (CDA) also has intentions to establish an eating establishment known as “Capital Street” within the Art and Craft Village situated in the same vicinity. According to their strategy, they intend to hold auctions for restaurant plots and craftsmen’s shops within this village, adhering to the applicable rules and regulations.