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Published: Friday, April 6, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Shimla: The Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) plans to set up a state-level cricket Academy at Una next month to provide training to budding cricketers for junior-level tournament. Disclosing this at a press conference on Friday, association president Anurag Thakur said 16 players in the age group of 14 to 19 years would be admitted to the academy and given coaching by renowned coaches. Trials will be held later in April.He said the academy would have facility of indoor wicket and automatic bowling machines to train the players. The coaching will be given to the players for minimum of two years which can be extended upto the maximum of three years depending on their performance.Mr Thakur said the HPCA had asked the district cricket association to start cricket academies in their respective districts. He said the association planned to build state-level cricket stadia at Una and Bilaspur. Work on the Una stadium was likely to start in July. The association also planned to construct a cricket stadium of international standard at Anandale Grounds in Shimla once the ground was restored to the state government. At present the ground was in the possession of the army. Mr Thakur said an over Rs.30 lakh grant, due to the association from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), was pending for three years because of lack of infrastructure in the state. The BCCI has laid certain conditions like establishing pavillion, commentators box etc and fulfillment of these conditions would make the association eligible for the grant. The association was trying to create infrastructure at Una for the purpose, he added. UNI

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