World class cricket stadium in rural Haryana

Published: Friday, September 3, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Sirsa:Cricket is gaining 'ground' in rural areas in record time, literally. A recently built cricket stadium in this rural township not only boasts of "world class facilities", but the developers also claim it to be the fastest built complex ever.

Called Parampita Shah Satnamji Cricket Stadium, the complex, built in about 100-acre area with a seating capacity of about 30,000 people, has been completed in just 45 days, including the 12 days of civil construction, said Dr Aditya Arora, spokesman of the society which has built the stadium.

The stadium, built on a waste landfill, has state-of-the-art infrastructure, complete with 16 digital cameras fixed at various points in the ground, a special lawn mower from Canada, a digital control room and a well thought out drainage system.

The facilities at the stadium have also got a thumbs-up from Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) officials including Rajiv Shukla, treasurer Jyoti Bajpai and chairman of senior selection committee Syed Kirmani, who visited the town during the inaugural One-day tournament organised at the ground on Thursday.

Though the society is upbeat about hosting domestic and even international matches in future, there are certain teething problems which need to be sorted out.

Shukla said if the ground was to host domestic matches, the Society would have to co-ordinate with the Haryana Cricket Association, which is responsible for allotting matches in the state.

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