Baroda Cricket Association has sought land to build an indoor cricket stadium in the city. BCA president Pranav Amin has revealed that the cricket body has requested the Gujarat Government to allocate land for construction of an indoor stadium.
The BCA is also reportedly considering a T20 tournament on the lines of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
“It is necessary to construct this stadium as it is time to prepare for the future. We thought of it after the poor performance of the Ranji team,” Amin had told reporters in Vadodara. “This is to ensure interruptions due to the weather are minimized and the game can be played throughout the year.
“Given how the climate is becoming unpredictable these days with unseasonal rains and extremely high temperatures during the summer, it isn’t a bad idea to invest in an indoor cricket stadium in Vadodara,” he said.
“This indoor stadium project will be in addition to the stadium project undertaken at Kotambi on the outskirts of the city, where infrastructure is being created for hosting national level matches for which 11 pitches and nine practice pitches are being prepared,” Amin added.
Amin said that the association was also looking to host international matches again.
The last one-day international (ODI) match be held in the city was in 2010 when India had faced New Zealand at the Reliance Stadium. The city has not hosted any men’s ODI match after this
The details of the proposed stadium at Kotambi were also being worked out, the BCA president had revealed. “I will be meeting BCCI secretary Jay Shah in this regard. They have the experience of building the Gujarat Cricket Association stadium. We can also consider giving the project to a good company on a turnkey basis,” he added.
According to the BCA president, the process of holding four AGMs will be made faster to get entire due amount of ₹135 crore from the BCCI.
“The BCCI has released a grant of ₹17 crore to BCA for the year 2013-14,” Amin said, adding he met BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and discussed several plans for development of cricket.
A senior BCA official on condition of anonymity told PTI that a written communication for seeking land for the indoor academy has been made to the concerned authorities
The association is looking for a slot in consultation with the BCCI for a T20 league, Times of India has reported. The plan is to start Baroda Premier League (BPL) in the city and an agency has also prepared a concept note for the tournament and submitted it to the association. The note will be shared with the BCA functionaries for further action.
“We are looking for a window in the cricketing calendar to hold the tournament win consultation with the BCCI. Two slots have been identified for now,” Amin is reported as saying by the national daily.