Patna: The renovation and beautification work of Moin-ul-Haq Stadium has started.
As per the agreement between the state government and Bihar Cricket Association (BCA) which is the associate member of BCCI, the state government has handed over the stadium to the BCA from April 1.
BCA general-secretary Ravi Shankar Prasad Singh said: “On April 1, we received the stadium from the state government. The next process is signing an MoU with the state government for its construction and revamp.”
Singh claimed renovation and construction work at the stadium will be carried out once the MoU is signed. However, the BCA has started the beautification work. Cutting of grasses and levelling of the ground has started.
An official of the BCA supervising the renovation work said: “There are overgrown grasses. We are cutting the grasses. Due to poor maintenance of the stadium, the ground is uneven which is dangerous for the players.”
The official said: “Once the MoU is signed, the next step will be construction work of the stadium.”
As per the BCA plan, the main pitch will be developed along with 10 practice pitches. Also the pavilion will be developed along with facilities such as electronic scoreboard, floodlights and others. The swimming pool located on the premises will be developed for players and accommodation facilities of international standard will be created.
On April 25, the BCA will start the selection trial of players from different age groups – Under-17, Under-19 and Under-23 for the state team.
Saket Kumar, an Under-23 player, said: “We are waiting for the selection trials as it is being carried out by an official body of the BCCI after decades.”
Courtesy: The Telegraph