ALLAHABAD UNIVERSITY (AU) has forwarded an ambitious proposal of Rs 13.65 crore to the Inter-University Sports Board of India, a body of Association of Indian Universities (AIU), for promotion of cricket on the varsity as well as college campuses of the city.
The proposal will be considered under a special Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) Infrastructure Subsidy Scheme that the BCCI plans to implement in 10 universities, two from each zone, for promotion of cricket in universities and colleges of India.
Highlighting the cricketing achievements of Allahabad and the lack of requisite infrastructure, the proposal— finalised by AU CPIO and international cricket commentator Prof Amrendra Singh, secretary of AU Athletics Association Prof RK Upadhyaya and AU Cricket Coach Devesh Mishra and despatched through e-mail and fax on Friday late evening—consists of construction of a double storey cricket stadium complex which will include dressing rooms for players, officials and umpires, pavilion stands, conference rooms, cafeteria, press box, table-tennis room, weight training stand, office and toilets.
After consultation with the varsity engineer AU has proposed an estimate budget of Rs 9.35 crore for the complex.
The 85x50 metre open land situated between the existing cricket ground and Nehru Science Complex has been earmarked for the complex.
The varsity has also proposed that three pitches (turf wickets) be constructed in the centre of the ground for matches besides two pitches on the left and right corner of the proposed complex for practice.
AU authorities have cited Rs 0.03 crore for this.
Similarly Rs 0.23 crore has been earmarked for installation of an underground sprinkle system, tubewell and backup power besides Rs 0.16 crore for heavy mechanical roller and maintenance equipment, Rs 0.15 crore for training equipment and Rs 0.30 crore for renovation of the existing gymnasium-cum-multipurpose hall for Indoor Games.
If accepted, the university will also have proper seating arrangements at the cricket ground having the capacity to accommodate around 5000 people.
In its proposal, AU has conceded that its existing sports and cricket infrastructure is in a shambles and that out of the 32 games approved by AIU for inter-university games, the varsity is able to organised just 15 games.
The proposal sent by AU is the result of a letter dated August 22, 2006 from the member-secretary of AIU's Inter-University Sports Board of India Dr Gurdeep Singh informing the secretaries of the Sports Committees/Council of varsities that the BCCI has put forth a proposal for promotion of cricket in universities.
The letter informed that BCCI in the proposal, put forth in the meeting of the Association of Indian University's Inter-University Sports Board of India officials held at the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) between May 18-19, 2006, has come forward to promote and support cricket on campuses of 10 universities of the country in the first phase of the initiative.
The letter invited interested universities to submit their proposals by September 30, 2006.