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Thatscricket - News - NCA's infrastructure plans put in place

Published: Monday, June 11, 2001, 0:44 [IST]
 
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Bangalore: The grand plans for its own infrastructure for the fledgling National Cricket Academy (NCA) has been finalised and is likely to be approved in the Working Committee meeting of the Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) in India to be held here on June 18. "The plans for the NCA had been worked out and needs to be approved by the BCCI. The next Working Committee meeting may clear the proposal," NCA director and Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) secretary Brijesh Patel told UNI on Sunday. "With this the rumours of the NCA being shifted out of Bangalore will be set at rest. It will be difficult to get such a nice weather in other parts of the country," he added. "Already we have bought 30 acres of land on the outskirts of the city for Rs 60 lakhs from the Karnataka government. The procedures for transferring the land to the BCCI were on. We have already prepared the plan for the infrastructure," he said. Right now, the NCA, just in its second year, has been functioning from the facilities of the KSCA at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium. The land located opposite the Hilton Golden Palms Resorts and Spa on the outskirts of the city would have one of the finest infrastructures in place. It would have a couple of grounds and six to eight lanes indoor stadium, a well-equipped gym and a swimming pool. Besides, facilities for the trainees to stay would be created.A conference room and lecture halls would also be added.On the estimates made for the infrastructure, Brijesh said that it would depend on what the BCCI would approve. The land was sufficient for the NCA as the Chinnaswamy Stadium was just 16 acres. He said the NCA would have a maximum of 24 trainees. It would be difficult to manage more than 24 boys, he added and pointed out that zonal academies had also been established. He said the existing facilities at the KSCA would continue to be used by the state cricketers. The grand plan to ensure steady supply of talented players for the national team started with the launching of the academy in May last year. The second batch had commenced from May 1 this year. UNI

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