Season’s special: Cricket doesn’t need any introduction. The game, which has a huge following in India, can be about having fun and also getting an extensive exercise. If earlier, Chandigarh used to be one of the major hub for the game, over the years, academies have mushroomed in Panchkula and SAS Nagar. As the game grows, the tricity has emerged as a breeding ground for many talented youngsters . In continuation of the weeklong series, which Hindustan Times started on May 6, we bring you a comprehensive list of major cricket centres spread across the tricity.
Building strong foundation
Like any mofussil, town city or a metro of the country, Chandigarh has seen its fair share of boom in the cricket. The game has a huge following and every school worth its salt in the Tricity which includes- Chandigarh, Panchkula and SAS Nagar-has one.
Chandigarh, which doesn’t have a BCCI affiliated unit of its own but as capital of Haryana and Punjab it serves as a feeding and nurturing ground for both the states who have been running their operations tapping the talent. Even Himachal Pradesh has seen fair share of players training here and then playing for the state.
From flood lights, bowling machines, video analysis, coaching tailored on most modern techniques available the players never had that good. Chandigarh always had a vibrant cricket playing community since it was built in 1950’s. While earlier only Sector 16 Cricket Stadium was the hub, the game steadily progressed as small centres mushroomed around the city. The presence of three cricket stadium’s Sector 16, PCA and Tau Devi Lal, Panchkula, also helps in increasing the profile of the city as a cricketing hub.
As far as tournaments are concerned from JP Atray memorial cricket tournament, which sees first class and India players in action, to Inter-district matches of both Haryana and Chandigarh to inter-academy cricket matches tricity cricket circle is rarely in a lull expect when rain washes a day’s play. Prominent players: Kapil Dev, Yuvraj Singh, Ashok Malhotra, Yograj Singh, Chetan Sharma, Dinesh Mon-gia.
Sector 16 Cricket Stadium
Under Chandigarh administration it also houses UT Cricket Academy
Coaching Timings: 6am to 8 am and 4pm to 7pm
Fees: For students Rs 200 per year, while a non student will have to pay Rs 400 per year.
Contact: Harish Sharma
or visit the stadium
Built on a public-private-partnership model, the academy is run by Leaders in Cricket Club. It is a BCCI approved ground and caters mostly to kids (including girls) of Bapu Dham and that of the school. It also has PCA’s women non-residential academy.
Coaching Timings: 3:30pm to 6:30pm
Fees: Free of cost
Contact: Rajesh Patha
DAV Senior Secondary School-8
The school was one of the pioneers in cricket coaching since its establishment.
Timings: 4pm to 7:30pm
Fees: Rs 17,400 per year
Contact: School number
One of the oldest centres which has seen many first class and international players honing their skills and later making it big. The academy is being run by former cricketer Dinesh Mongia and also houses college academy & academy for poor kids.
Timings: 3:30pm to 7pm
Fees: Free for college students and poor kids, while others will have to shell Rs 1,000 per month.
Contact: Dinesh Mongia
This centre is run by Chandigarh Cricket Association affiliated to Haryana Cricket Association. The academy also hosts various summer cricket tournaments with matches starting early in the morning. Up to 8 years without trials, above that age after trials.
Timings: 6am to 8 am and 4pm to 6:30pm
Fees: Free of cost
Contact: Surinder Singh Baijee
Guru Nanak Public School-36
It’s a Chandigarh Cricket Association centre, which is affiliated to Punjab Cricket Association. The school also has Punjab Cricket Association’s non-residential academy.
Timings: 4pm to 7pm
Fees: For school students Rs 400, while for others Rs 500 plus registration fee of Rs 1,000 one time
Contact: Mohinder Singh
Bharti Vij Cricket Academy-28
The academy is housed in St Soldier School-28, run by ex-Punjab Ranji spinner Bharti Vij.
Timings: 4pm to 6:30pm
Fees: Aprox Rs 1,200 per month
Contact: Bharti Vij (98155-63075)
The academy is run by UT sports department
Timing: 4pm to 6:30pm
Fee: Free of cost
Contact: Nagesh Gupta
KK Cricket Academy at GMSSS-40B
This academy is also being run under public-private partnership
Timing: 3:30pm to 6:30pm
Monthly fee: School students are trained free are cost for others Rs 500.
Contact: Arpinder Singh
Stepping Stones School Cricket Academy, Sector 37
Timing: 3:30pm to 6pm, below the age of 10 the timings are from 4pm to 5:30pm
Monthly fee: Rs 500
Contact: Narinder Kwatra
Vivek High School Cricket Academy, Sector 38
Timing: 4pm to 6pm, during vacations morning sessions will be held between 7am to 9am
Fee: free of costs summer camp (for 15 days) for under-10 under-12 and under-14
Contact: Sutixen Mehta
The Millennium School, Sector 67, SAS Nagar
Timings: 5:50pm to 7pm
Fees: Rs 700 per month for school students and outsiders `900 with no registration fee
Contact: Sanjay Dhul
Mohali Cricket Association (MCA) academy
The academy is run by Mohali District Cricket Association behind PCA stadium
Timings: 6am to 10am and 3:30pm to 6:30pm
Fees: Rs 500 per month
Contact: Sukhwinder Singh Tinku
Yadavindra Public School, SAS Nagar
The academy is affiliated to Mohali Cricket Academy (MCA)
Timings: 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Fees: Rs 500 per month plus a registration fee of `2,000.
St Soldier Academy, Sector 16
The academy also has floodlights and provides coaching in night also
Timings: 4pm to 7pm and 7pm to 8:30pm under floodlights
Fees: Rs 1,100 with R2,000 charged for registration
Contact: Narinder Walia
Hansraj Cricket Academy, Sector 6
Timings: 6:30am to 8 am and 5pm to 7pm
Fees: Rs 1,000 per month
Contact: Amarjit Singh
Doon Public School, Sector 21
A new entrant, this academy is run Tenvic sports, a company of legendary Indian spinner Anil Kumble.
Timings: 4.30pm to 6.30pm
Fees: Rs 1,000 per month taken quarterly
Tau Devi Lal Sports complex
The academy is run by Haryana Government
Timings: 3:30pm to 6pm
Fees: Rs 2,000 per year plus R400 for registration
Contact: Suman Saini