Bab-e-Aali Stadium gets facelift
THE BAB-E-AALI Stadium is getting a facelift. The preparations are being made for the 31st Udai-Iftekhar All India Cricket Tournament to be organised from March 27.
Iftekhar cricket tournament is the oldest tournament of the Capital. Giving a new look to the tournament, the organising committee has announced Rs 1 lakh cash prize money and invited various national and international-level cricketers like V V S Laxman, Vijay Dahiya and Nikhil Chopra in the tournament.
According to the organising committee secretary Rajat Mohan Verma, the committee is all set to organise the tournament according the expectations. “Presence of Laxman and other internationals will definitely bring the cricket fans to the ground”, said Verma.
Senior office-bearers of the Bhopal Divisional Cricket Association (BDCA) including vice-president Aruneshwar Singhdeo, secretary Dr Shafquat Mohammad Khan, treasurer Hamidullah Khan ‘Mamu’, Rajat Mohan Verma and others are often present at the ground overlooking watering of the wicket and directing labourers to work properly.
“Cricket at Bab-e-Aali Stadium is a religion and our objective will be to organise best of cricket”, said secretary Dr Khan.
Hamidullah Khan ‘Mamu’ said that the tournament was started in the memory of the late Syed Iftekhar Ali, an outstanding cricketer and coach of Bhopal, who died very young. “We want to perpetuate his memory and also to keep the good tradition of cricket in the City”, he added.
The capacity of the stadium has been enhanced after the construction of two stands. “We will try to cover one of the stands to provide shelter so that spectators may enjoy the entire match without any problem”, said Vijesh Lunawat of Udai Sports, Educational and Cultural Society.