The Pakistan Cricket Board is "planning to hold a grand awards ceremony" on the lines of the Int'l Cricket Council annual awards in the country in October this year to attract foreign attention, according to PAKISTAN TODAY. A source said, "The idea is to showcase the positive side of Pakistan cricket and its talent on annual basis and utilise the awards ceremony to invite foreign guests as well." The source added that the PCB "was keen to resume int'l cricket in Pakistan" and believed that "one way toward this was to have dignitaries form the ICC and other boards attending the PCB awards ceremony" (PAKISTAN TODAY, 7/29).
GREEN LIGHT: ZEENEWS.com reported that I-League clubs, under the banner of Indian Professional Football Clubs Association, "have given their green signal to let their players join the national camp," which beings on Aug. 1 to prepare for the Nehru Cup. Earlier the clubs had written to the central administrative body for football stating that "the players would be released only in accordance to the FIFA regulations wherein a player must join the national camp 14 days prior to the tournament's kick-off." The Nehru Cup will be played at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium and starts on Aug. 22 (ZEENEWS.com, 7/26).