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7 Multipurpose pitches at Bandra-Kurla: MCA

The Mumbai Cricket Association installs seven multipurpose practice pitches at its new Bandra-Kurla Complex while President Sharad Pawar seeks new land from Chief Minister.

india Updated: Dec 15, 2007 17:05 IST

The state-of-art indoor cricket facility at the Mumbai Cricket Association's Bandra-Kurla complex here has seven multi-purpose practice pitches.

Three pitches are for spin, three others for seam bowling while the seventh is a normal wicket.

The temperature in the 37x27x8 metre hall, having the seven practice wickets, can be adjusted to keep it between 14 degree and 40 degree celsius.

The playing surface is not synthetic grass but is made of PVC material (no foam) with a deep embossed surface finish, as per the MCA brochure released at the inaugural function held last evening.

Recent technical innovations help in cushioning the follow-through strides of the bowlers and enable adjustments to be made in the pace and bounce of the ball to enhance the capabilities of both seam and spin bowlers.

The indoor facility also has bowling machines and removable nets to enable full game simulation or outdoor fielding drills.

The facility is also equipped with 2D motion analysis software for biomechanical assessments and a virtual e-learning lab for sports.

There's also a gym exclusively for the cricketers' use.

Recreational facilities for playing other sports like tennis, squash and badminton would be added in a few months' time, it was announced at the unveiling function.

Additionally, The Mumbai Cricket Association, headed by BCCI President Sharad Pawar, has requested the Maharashtra government to allot it a plot of land in the city to build a bigger arena than Wankhede Stadium in the southern part of the metropolis.

The request was conveyed to the state Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh at the inauguration of the MCA's state-of-art indoor cricket facility at its Bandra-Kurla complex here last evening presided over by the CM.

Pawar, in his address, said that though Mumbai has been allotted the final of the 2011 World Cup, to be jointly hosted by India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, the Wankhede Stadium, in its present state, would not pass muster with the International Cricket Council.

"It's difficult to see the ICC accepting the Wankhede Stadium under its present condition to host the World Cup final," Pawar, who is also the Union minister for Agriculture, told the audience comprising representatives of the various clubs affiliated to the MCA.

The Wankhede Stadium is set to undergo a renovation soon to improve its facilities in time for hosting 2011 World Cup ties.

MCA treasurer Ratnakar Shetty, in his turn, requested the Maharashtra CM to allot a ground to the MCA for building a new stadium.

Deshmukh, on his part, said the government would consider the request after saying a free plot of land was a commodity that was very scarce in Mumbai.