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BCCI releases Rs 3 cr for Usha Raje stadium

The BCCI has released Rs 3 crore for completion of the cricket stadium at Usha Raje grounds which would be hosting the India England One Day match here on April 15.

india Updated: Feb 20, 2006 14:31 IST

The BCCI has released Rs 3 crore for completion of the cricket stadium at Usha Raje grounds which would be hosting the India England One Day match here on April 15.

Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) secretary Sanjay Jagdale told reporters here today that in the recently concluded BCCI meeting at New Delhi, Sharad Pawar immediately accepted his request to release the funds and Jagdale was surprised when BCCI released Rs 3 core immediately.

As MPCA has given full audited expenses and architect report to the BCCI for the expenses incurred in time, the BCCI had released 50 per cent of the total estimate for the stadium, as sanctioned by it.

MPCA joint secretaries Subhash Bais and Vasu Gangwani said it was because of the efforts of Sanjay Jagdale that Rs 3 crore could be obtained in advance and this is the first time that BCCI has released such an amount to the association.

Briefing about the India England One Day match to be held here on April 15, Jagdale said that enormous changes have been made in the rules and regulations for the conduct of a One Day match. Previously the BCCI was involved in handling international matches but now ICC has stepped in and the conduct of an international match is as per their guidelines.

Informing about the arrangements for the One Day match, Jagdale said the arrangements in Press Box would be one of the best in the country with a seating capacity of 120 press persons. A media committee would be also be constituted and they would be here three days before the match.

He further said according to the agreement between BCCI and the broadcasters, local channel would not be allowed to relay the match and would not be allowed in the stadium.

But he said separate arrangements would be made for press photographers and local electronic media during the practice session. There will be tight security arrangements in and around the stadium.

MPCA treasurer Dilip Chudgar said that 85 per cent the stadium work will be completed before the match and the remaining would be completed by September 2006. Jagdale said that they would be seeking the help of Sudhir Naik of Mumbai who has done good job in Mumbai in respect of the wicket and would be visiting Indore to inspect the pitch.

Jadgale said that hosting the Deodhar Trophy would be trial before the One Dayer and said that the same wicket would be prepared for the One Day match so that they would have nearly 45 days for any changes to be made in the wicket.

First Published: Feb 20, 2006 14:31 IST