The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government has approved a major project for constructing an International Cricket Stadium in Kalam Valley also called “The Switzerland of Pakistan”.
Kalam is a valley located at a distance of 99 kilometres (62 mi) from Mingora in the northern reaches of Swat valley, along the bank of Swat River in KP. It is also the hometown of Chief Minister KP Mahmood Khan.
This international cricket stadium will have the capacity to accomodate 50,000 spectators. Mahmood Khan, the Chief Minister of Khyber- Pakhtunkhwa has approved the project which is said to cost around PKR 607 million.
Earlier in August, Director General Sports in KP, Asfandyar Khan Khattak, had told media that the government is in talks with Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to develop a stadium in Kalam. The stadium will have a National Cricket Academy (NCA)-style training facility, a swimming pool, multi-purpose gymnasium for indoor games, Tartan Track for Athletics, and seven-star hotel facilities.
Sources said that work has been expedited for the early completion of the project. The stadium will be ready to host international matches by 2022. A five-star hotel is also being constructed for players.