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Soon a Noida home for Afghan cricketers

The newly-constructed Shaheed Vijay Singh Pathik Sports Complex in Greater Noida could soon play ‘home’ to Afghanistan’s cricketers. The arrangement would be subject to clearance from the International Cricket Council (ICC).

ICC Match Referee (for the India-South Africa Test series) and former New Zealand captain Jeff Crowe visited the stadium on Tuesday and reportedly was impressed with what he saw. According to former North Zone captain and noted curator Venkat Sundaram, the Kiwi suggested a few improvements, which the local authorities have promised to deliver in quick time.

The scenic ground, which also came in for praise from former Australian opener Matthew Hayden when he held a three-day camp for the Uttar Pradesh cricketers in October, needs to spruce up its dressing room facilities and install CCTV cameras at specific places to meet the requirements for hosting an ICC-event match.

Nepal also keen

The Afghanistan cricket authorities have expressed their desire to make the venue their ‘home’ ground.

Nepal is also said to be keen to play regularly at this venue.

“Apart from Hayden, cricketers like Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Suresh Raina have told me the stadium is ready to host big matches,” said Sundaram.

The Sports Complex is currently hosting the UP-Baroda Ranji Trophy match and has been allotted the Deodhar Trophy tournament to be held in January.

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