Islamabad: A local court has ordered the civic agency and the Northern Cricket Association of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) not to prohibit club members from utilising the Diamond Cricket Ground in G-8.

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The Northern Cricket Association was recently granted access to four cricket grounds in Islamabad, including the Diamond Cricket Ground, according to a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the Metropolitan Corporation Islamabad (MCI) and the Capital Development Authority (CDA).

It was formerly only used by the Diamond Cricket Club, which is affiliated with former PCB member Shakil Shaikh. However, the CDA took custody of the ground a few months ago after winning a petition in the Islamabad High Court (IHC) and reached an arrangement with the PCB to utilise it for cricket matches.

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The club, however, filed a civil court case seeking a stay order, which was denied. On September 4, Additional District Judge (Islamabad West) Zafar Iqbal granted the club temporary relief, ordering the PCB, CDA, and MCI not to prevent the appellants from playing in the ground, practising, and engaging in other cricket-related activities.

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