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SCA seek land for own cricket stadium

Published: Monday, December 18, 2000, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Rajkot: Saurashtra Cricket Association has finally decided to construct a new stadium on the outskirts of the city. Mr Niranjan Shah, the honourary secretary has already advertised in the newspapers for the need of 25 acres of land in the city or away from the city.Rajkot has hosted as many as seven One-day Internationals and three three-day games against foreign teams and all these matches were played at the Rajkot Municipal Corporation Cricket ground. But SCA and Mr Niranjan, Shah in particular, were very unhappy with the way the RMC behaved during the last match against Zimbabwe.Rajkot has thus far been unlucky as far as a cricket ground is concerned. First, the state government had decided to build a stadium here in Rajkot. The land was purchased, design prepared, cost finalised and so much so, that to raise the fund the state government launched special lottery tickets in the state, which received very good response too. However, this was not the end of the story.When India came to play a One-day International match against Australia in 1986 the then captain Kapil Dev was invited to lay the foundation stone. At that time it seemed that all was rosy but it was not to be.After nearly 15 years since Kapil Dev laid the foundation stone the very land is still there as it was 15 years ago. Last year even the Rajkot Municipal Corporation, which had given the land free of cost repossessed the land from the state government.Since then, Mr Niranjan Shah and the other officials have approached every Tom, Dick and Harry in the government and the corporation but their pleas to get the ground on lease for at least 20 years has fallen on deaf ears.Mr Niranjan Shah was unhappy by the behaviour and the demand of the RMC people for the VIP tickets on the eve of the matches. This was pure nuisance because most of the officials of the RMC had absolutely no knowledge of the game. Mr Shat met all these demands for years and only now has it dawned on him that a new stadium, a stadium of his own association was needed.Talking about the new stadium, Mr Shah said that he expect Rs 3 crore from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and he will get few sponsorships from the oil companies like Reliance and Essar as letters to both the concerned parties have already been dispatched.There will be boxes galore in the scheme of things of the new stadium. When Mr Shah was in New York last year he visited the National Stadium where the U S Open takes place and he has in mind spectators boxes to that effect. Initially he had a plan to build the stadium with a capacity of 40,000 spectators and once he purchases the land it will take a minimum of three years to see the new stadium standing in front of our eyes.

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