The Noida authority said on Monday that it has decided to rope in former international cricketers Kapil Dev or Madan Lal to help lay the pitch for the cricket stadium being built inside the Sector 21A sports facility also known as the Noida stadium. It also aims to host Indian Premier League (IPL) matches at the stadium, once it is completed.
The cricket stadium is to be built at an estimated cost of Rs. 80 crore. With a seating capacity of 25,000 people, it is capable of hosting international cricket matches once it is completed, according to officials. It is expected to be completed in July this year and Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and International Cricket Council (ICC) certification will be sought for it soon.
“We hope that in the next 15 days or so the authority will rope in Kapil Dev, Madan Lal or some other international cricketer who will set up an academy inside the Noida cricket stadium and also help in laying the pitch. Discussions with all these players are at an advanced stage,” said Saumya Srivastava, deputy chief executive officer (DCEO), Noida authority.
“We have decided to host international, national and state-level matches at this stadium. Our objective is to make it a hub for budding cricketers. The authority wants to create state-of-the-art sports facilities here to groom talented players, who will be coached here,” he added.
The Noida authority plans to follow the Greater Noida Stadium, with a seating capacity of 15,000, which has hosted many matches between the Afghanistan and Zimbabwe national cricket teams, apart from other international events.
“Our stadium is bigger than the Greater Noida cricket stadium as it will have a seating capacity of 25,000 people. We aim to host IPL cricket matches at this facility,” said a Noida authority official.
The authority had decided to upgrade the Noida stadium in 2012 and started work on a cricket stadium in 2013. It had promised to complete the work by the end of March this year. At present, the stadium is being given finishing touches and the deadline for its completion has been extended to July.