PCA purchases land for new stadium

Chandigarh: Faced with parking constraints and being surrounded by residential areas, the Punjab Cricket Association would build a modern cricket stadium in Mullanpur on the outskirts of Chandigarh.

The PCA has purchased 41.95 acre land in and around Mullanpur in Punjab, about six kilometre from here, to build a modern and more spacious cricket stadium with adequate parking space and other amenities as per the norms laid by the ICC for holding international matches.

PCA Secretary M P Pandove informed this at the 61st Annual General Meeting of the Association held at PCA Stadium, Mohali today.

The meeting was held under the chairmanship of PCA President I S Bindra.

According to PCA spokesman Sushil Kapoor, the members were informed by Pandove, who is also a senior BCCI functionary, that the present stadium at Mohali, about 15km from here, was being found inadequate.

The PCA Stadium at Mohali has hosted many international and domestic matches besides the IPL during the past two decades of its existence.

Recently, the PCA has also put two proposals before the Punjab government, under which the Association is ready to give up the existing stadium if the government was ready to pay for it, which would help the PCA plough the money to build the Mullanpur facility.

PCA sources, however, said that things were at a very nascent stage and modalities were being worked out with the government.

Meanwhile, the AGM approved the annual report of the Association which highlighted the various salient achievements of the body for the period 2009-2010.

The House also approved the audited Balance Sheet of the Association as on March 31, 2010, presented by Viswajeet Khanna, treasurer of the PCA.

The House authorised the President and Honorary Secretary to nominate the Executive Committee members for the year 2010-2011.

The members applauded the achievement of the Association in the cricketing achievements during the year. PCA had contributed 16 players to different franchisee team in IPL 2010.

On the occasion, several players were awarded with cash and other prizes for their outstanding performances in different tournaments.


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