V.V. Subrahmanyam

Bangalore's loss may well be Hyderabad's gain; Academy likely to be set up at Uppal stadium

NCA might be set up at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, UppalHCA to temporarily put on hold its ambitious Club House project Sharad Pawar enhances infrastructure grant from Rs. 4-crore to Rs. 10-crore

HYDERABAD: If everything goes according to plan, the Hyderabad Cricket Association might well realise the dream of housing the National Cricket Academy (NCA) as hectic efforts are on to shift it from Bangalore.

The NCA might be set up at the new Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Uppal.

The Hyderabad Cricket Association has been asked to build an indoor cricket facility and also improve player facilities for the shift to happen, said its secretary and NCA Director N. Shivlal Yadav.

Mr. Yadav said that this was the reason for the HCA to put on hold its ambitious Club House project albeit temporarily.

"NCA is the topmost priority for us as it will directly benefit cricketers. The Club House will be taken care of at a later stage," he said.

Since there will be a minimum of six months of cricketing activity including coaching and conduct of national camps in a year at NCA, the HCA has been asked to be meticulous in its efforts to meet all requirements on this front.

Infrastructure grant

He parried a question on the likely reaction of the current NCA host - Karnataka State Cricket Association.

"It is the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) which will take the final decision," he said.

Mr. Yadav also expressed his gratitude to BCCI president Sharad Pawar for enhancing the infrastructure grant from Rs. 4 crores to Rs.10 crores.

He has indicated that Mr. Pawar is not averse to shift NCA to Hyderabad if the required infrastructure is created. HCA stock value would not only raise if the NCA come here but it would also get the benefit of the estimated annual budget of Rs. 3.5 crores.

"We are hoping that our efforts will bear fruit as we want to showcase our stadium for hosting big international matches," averred Mr. Yadav.