BCCI to build its own stadium due to repeated shifts in venues
BCCI had nine matches in the IPL 2016 shifted from Mumbai due to drought problems.
Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)’s days of having to shift crucial games for different reasons might finally come to an. The BCCI is planning to build a new high-tech state-of-the-art cricket stadium in New Delhi. The board hopes to hold important matches like World Cup finals, IPL finals, matches of India against its major rivals. This stadium will be solely owned and operated by the board themselves.
Due to the bad experiences that BCCI have had to put up with lately, including incidents with the shifting of the India versus Pakistan match in the World Twenty20 from Dharamshala due to security reasons or the Delhi & District Cricket Association or the shifting of matches from Maharashtra due to the drought problems, BCCI has decided to end all this by making a stadium of their own.
The board’s president Anurag Thakur had proposed this idea at the recently concluded meeting. He said: “Yes we discussed this in the working committee with the members. Members agreed that time has come when BCCI should have its own state-of-the-art stadium where some of the marquee matches could be played, be it the IPL finals or World Cup finals.”
“We will try to make it all weather stadium where we will have outstanding indoor and outdoor practice facilities. It will have a museum. Our vision would be to make it one of the best stadiums in the world,” he further added.
BCCI have chosen Delhi as a location to build their new stadium in, but they might have to be content with the prospect of only being able to erect the stadium at the outskirts of Delhi. The city will also get another stadium as the DDCA are also planning to replace the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium with a new one.
The DDCA ran into legal issues as they have to pay a fine of Rs 1 crore for raising an unauthorized structure at the Feroz Shah Kotla ground.