BCCI mulls setting up its own stadium in Delhi to avoid shifting of matches

New Delhi, June 29: In the wake of bitter experience of shifting cricket matches to alternate venues at the last moment during World T20 2016 and IPL, the BCCI is now planning to build its own stadium to avoid the same.

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As per an Indian Express report, the board has planned to buy land and build a cricket stadium, which will be owned and administered by them, and does not belong to any state association.

BCCI mulls setting up own stadium in Delhi to avoid shifting of matches

The stadium will most likely be constructed in Delhi, come up in five years, and the cricket board hopes to host their marquee games such as the finals of IPL and World Cups, added the report.

This will be the first BCCI-owned-and-run stadium.

The idea was, reportedly, proposed by BCCI president Anurag Thakur during the working committee meeting held in Dharmashala, last week.

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The members of the board agreed that time has come for BCCI to have its own stadium, which will be consist all modern and world class facilities.

"Yes we discussed this in the working committee with the members. Members agreed that time has come when BCCI should have its own state-of-the- art stadium where some of the marquee matches could be played, be it IPL finals or World Cup finals," Thakur was quoted by the news daily as saying.

The BCCI had to suffer massive humiliation and tensions during the IPL 9 and World T20 when crucial matches were forced to shift due to objections of state governments.

The India-Pakistan World T20 match was shifted to Kolkata from Dharamsala after state government raised safety concerns at the last moment. Also, the board was forced to shift IPL matches outside drought-hit Maharashtra in May. The DDCA row too posed threat to matches scheduled to be held at Delhi's Feroz Shah Kotla ground.

It seems, the board is clearly fed up of such issues and therefore wants to build its own stadium and host marquee games in its own stadium.

Though talks are still in initial phase, BCCI has zeroed in on Delhi as the venue for BCCI's new stadium, which will probably come up on the outskirts of the national capital.

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