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International cricket stadium to come up in Haryana

With the new stadium, the Haryana body hopes to bring matches to the state.

Written by Nitin Sharma | Chandigarh |
May 18, 2016 11:56:51 am

The Haryana Cricket Association (HCA) is planning an international stadium in Jhajjar district near the state border with Delhi. The last time that state hosted an international cricket match was in 2007 when India took on Australia in an ODI at Sector-16 in Chandigarh.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), that governs the sport in the country, requires state associations to have their own stadiums or at least lease them for long periods to be eligible to host international matches. With the new stadium, the Haryana body hopes to bring matches to the state.

“We have already acquired the land near the Badsa village in the Jhajjar district and all the formalities will be completed in the next few months,” said Anirudh Chaudhary, president, HCA. “We have set a time frame of three years for the stadium. We want it as per international standards. We have visited some of the stadiums in England for this purpose. It will be 25,000-30,000 capacity stadium with modern infrastructure.”

The state president also backed Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association president Anurag Thakur the post of chief of BCCI after the resignation of Shashank Manohar resigned last week. “I will be happy if Anurag Thakur becomes the BCCI president. He has worked hard for the BCCI and he will do the same in the future also,” said Chaudhary.

The BCCI will elect its president at a Special General Body Meeting on May 22.

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