Pawar offers new stadium at Guwahati

Published: Wednesday, February 1, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Guwahati:BCCI President Sharad Pawar today said that a Rs 50-crore cricket stadium of international quality would be set up in Guwahati with financial assistance from the Board.

For the proposed stadium, the BCCI would provide Rs 10 crore, Assam government Rs one crore and the rest would be raised from various quarters, Pawar told reporters here.

The Rs four crore grant from the BCCI to state cricket associations for building stadiums of international standards was also being enhanced to Rs 10 crore.

He further said that state cricket associations would be helped to develop their own cricket grounds with financial support from the BCCI.

The BCCI had also undertaken a plan to boost domestic cricket by targeting grassroot level players and devised a training format at the inter-school district and zonal club levels.

A committee for the purpose was set up under the chairmanship of Kapil Dev, Pawar said.

Referring to the Assam Cricket Association's memorandum for a wing of the National Cricket Academy in Assam, he said, "in view of a cricket academy on a zonal basis already existing here, we will see how we can go about this demand".

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