BCCI plans new ₹ 500 crore Centre of Excellence in Bengaluru

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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has planned a ₹ 500 crore project to upgrade the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru into a Centre of Excellence.

BCCI President Sourav Ganguly and NCA director Rahul Dravid, former Team India teammates and key figures who inspired the team to win overseas, have reportedly discussed the roadmap for the Centre of Excellence. The high-tech, state of the art elite training and rehabilitation facility will come at a cost of ₹ 500 crores, national daily Times of India has reported.

The Centre of Excellent is the idea of Dravid, who had reportedly given a presentation at the board meeting. The facility will have age-group programs, rehabilitation and a roadmap for junior cricket in the country.

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The center may become fully functional in two years’ time.

“There can’t be any specific amount assigned to the project. There will be tenders issued for each work. But going by the initial blueprint that’s in place, it is estimated that the project will cost minimally around ₹500 crores. There will be improvisations to the blueprint. The project is running six months late but with the new BCCI regime in place, work has begun in full swing. BCCI expects the CoE to be functional in another two years. NCA director Rahul Dravid is actively involved,” the daily has quoted a BCCI senior official as saying.

“There is a lot of work put into the nature of pitches. Various types of clay and soil will be used for these hybrid pitches to mimic those found in countries like Australia, New Zealand, and England. There are zonal games. Touring teams also play warm-up matches and there are other preparatory games organized by the board organizes.

“The grounds can also be used for domestic tournaments if grounds across the country are not available at any point. There is also an idea to have an NCA team.”

The board has reportedly also got 15 acres of land for the Centre of Excellence. This is in addition to a 25-acre deal the BCCI has had with Karnataka Government. The Centre of Excellence will come up near the Bengaluru international airport.

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