Panchkula Stadium readies for ICL Twenty-20 inaugural match

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Chandigarh, Nov 5 (UNI) The Tau Devi Lal Cricket Stadium in Sector three of Panchkula is readying for the inaugural Indian Cricket League event -- ICL Twenty20 Cricket Championship -- featuring top cricketers from major Test playing countries from November 30 to December 16.

The bold and controversial venture, a production of the Essel Group, is offering a prize money of one million US dollars for the slam-bang version of cricket, which has got a further boost after India won the inaugural World Cup in South Africa recently. Renovation and upgradation work is continuing at a war footing.

The teams rooms, dressing rooms and VVIP area are being extended. A separate full-fledged media box, adjacent to the right of the pavilion, is being constructed. Steps with chairs are being constructed to accommodate spectators.

Due care is being taken to prepare a 22-yard strip which should be full of runs and provide non-stop entertainment to the spectators.

The organisers were expecting full house for all the matches.

The ICL, headed by cricket legend Kapil Dev, has appointed RP Chopra, Haryana Sports Department cricket coach, as incharge of the ground.

The pitch is being prepared under the overall instructions of South African curators Phillip Russell and Nadeem Mamon from Mumbai.

Work on installation of floodlights is also in progress simultaneously. Complete work on renovation, new installations, new seating arrangements and all other related works are scheduled to be completed by November 15.

As many as 15 league matches will be played among six teams before the classification matches. The final will be played on December 16.

The stadium belongs to Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) which has leased it to the ICL for a period of 10 years. ICL will pay Rs 6.75 lakh per month when matches are played it will use the stalium for 50 days in one year.

The HUDA will also get a 15 per cent share in the proceeds from tickets sale of and eatables. Expenses on installation of floodlights and renovation work etc will borne by the ICL.

UNI

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