Guirim in Goa identified as site for new stadium

Published: Saturday, December 10, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Margao:BCCI President and Union Agriculture Minister, Sharad Pawar has proposed Guirim in north Goa as the site to build an international cricket stadium in the State.

Pawar who visited the site yesterday, said it was ideal given its location and area available.

"Now it was with the Chief Minister Pratapsingh Rane, local MLA Wilfred D'Souza and the local panchayat to acquire the land area without any controversy," he said.

Pawar, who was here to attend a prize distribution ceremony organised by Goa Cricket Association (GCA), said the BCCI is firmly behind the new stadium project.

"The BCCI is firmly behind the new project near Mapusa, since the Nehru Stadium at Fatorda is essentially for football. Besides, cricket needs different type of surface and facilities including an indoor academy so that budding cricketers could continue training from May to September during the rainy season," Pawar reasoned out.

"The GCA was not getting proper justice from BCCI for nearly four years. As such, we made a conscious decision in allotting the India Vs England ODI on April 3. It was on our priority list to allot the match to Goa since no ODI was held here for four years," remarked pawar.

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