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BCCI bails out MPCA on stadium issue

Published: Friday, November 10, 2000, 18:25 [IST]
 
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Indore: There is good news for the cricket fans of Indore. Soon they will get a new cricket stadium and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have taken first positive step in this direction by announcing a huge incentive to the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA).Currently the match between Zimbabwe and the NCA XI is being played at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, which belongs to the municipal corporation. This being a multi-purpose stadium, the MPCA had often faced problems in getting the venue for conduct of cricket matches.MPCA decided to have their own stadium adjacent to corporation stadium, but construction work could not proceed due to a severe financial crunch. Now with the BCCI bailing them out on this issue, MPCA are likely to go ahead soon and Indore can boast of its own cricket stadium.Indore had also earned a black mark following the abandonment of a match against Sri Lanka due to the "fiasco" of under prepared wicket. But, things appear to changing for MPCA now. The association will get Rs one crore to construct the stadium and an additional Rs two crore to put up the floodlights from the BCCI.Madhya Pradesh chief minister Digvijay Singh, who was present at the venue between the Zimbabwe versus National Cricket Academy XI match, announced that the state government was also very open and willing to help a lending hand in every possible way.However, the biggest news for MPCA was the assurance from the BCCI that they would be allotted a One-day International against Australia when they tour India early next year.Meanwhile, former BCCI president and NCA chairman Raj Singh Dungarpur, urged the concerned persons to name the proposed cricket stadium after Col. C K Nayudu.

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