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Hyderabad on ICL's search list

A top SAI official tells HT that the ICL has approached the Sports Authority of Andhra Pradesh for the Fateh Maidan in Hyderabad, reports Anam Arsalan.

cricket Updated: Jul 27, 2007 17:45 IST
Anam Arsalan
Anam Arsalan
Hindustan Times

With the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) having blacklisted the Indian Cricket League (ICL) and given clear instructions to its affiliates to not provide stadiums under their jurisdiction, the League is trying to seek new pastures.

A top Sports Authority of India (SAI) official told Hindustan Times on condition of anonymity that the ICL has approached the Sports Authority of Andhra Pradesh (SAAP) for the Fateh Maidan (now Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium) in Hyderabad.

"As far as I am aware they (ICL officials) have approached the Sports Authority officials in Andhra Pradesh," the official said. A senior SAAP official too admitted to having being approached by League officials.

"They had come to us for the Fateh Maidan Stadium recently, but there were no detailed negotiations on the matter," said CH Ramesh, deputy director fair play who is also looking after the administration of the World Military Games, in October.

Also on the ICL radar are Mumbai and Chandigarh. The Chandigarh UT Administration has denied ICL the use of the Sector 16 Stadium so they are looking out for other venues in the city. The outskirts of Mumbai too are being explored for the proposed Twenty20 tournament. The DY Patil Academy in Neru1 near Mumbai was sounded out by the ICL for their state-of-the-art stadium which can hold 60,000 people.

"ICL officials had visited our facility in Nerul and were keen on conducting their tournament here, but, as is our procedure, we asked them to get a NOC from the BCCI," said Avinash Salvi, the academy secretary Academy president Vijay Patil is a member of the Special Infrastructure Committee of the Mumbai Cricket Association.

Earlier, Gauray Seth, vice-president of ICL said the search for a stadium was on in full swing. "We are in a process of identifying stadiums through out India."

First Published: Jul 27, 2007 15:11 IST