“We are trying our best to get IPL (Indian Premier League) team franchise to Indore, but the final decision will be taken by the BCCI and the IPL Committee,” Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) president and union minister of state for commerce and industry Jyotiraditya Scindia said on Friday.
He was talking to media persons after the association's managing committee meeting here at the Holkar Stadium. Indore's name has surfaced among 10 cities for IPL franchises.
Few days back, after terminating Deccan Chargers' contract on September 14, IPL's governing council decided on Saturday to float tenders for a new IPL team and shortlisted 10 cities - including Indore. Nine other cities in the fray include Ahmedabad, Visakhapatnam, Dharamsala, Jamshedpur, Nagpur, Cuttack, Kanpur (Greater Noida), Rajkot and Ranchi. The new IPL team could be based out of any of these cities.
Criticising chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan's stance against IPL in the state, Scindia said that to purchase the IPL franchise or to play the IPL in the state, there is no need of state government support. “If we look at other franchises like Punjab, Delhi or Mumbai there is no involvement of state government anywhere,” he said.
On Chouhan's view over shortest version of game, the MPCA president Scindia said that cricket is an international game and people belonging to every age group are attached with the game. “In each and every format of game whether it is five-day, one-dayers or T20, it provides an opportunity to the youngsters to prove themselves,” he said.
Briefing about the MPCA meeting, Scindia said various important decisions have been taken in the meeting including decision to purchase land in Indore and Jabalpur divisions.
“Land at Super Corridor in Indore is in our priority list. Talk with the Indore Divisional Authority (IDA) is in process and we are hopeful that the state government will cooperate with us. Administration had already allotted around 100 acres land for multi- purpose sports complex at Super Corridor and the MPCA is ready to purchase 25 to 30 acres of land on either subsidised rate or at market rate”, he said. Scindia further said, “There is no dearth of funds with the MPCA for the development of cricket or cricketing activities and we are ready for the deal.” Along with land, managing committee also approved formation of two new divisions including Chambal and Shahdol in the state.
Praising Madhya Pradesh team's performance at South Africa, Scindia said, “Our boys are performing well at South Africa. Similarly, we're also proud of players like Udit Birla, Jalaj Saxena and Naman Ojha, who were selected in national teams for different tours.”