KARNATAKA

It will be a peach of a cricket ground

PICTURE PERFECT: The sprawling Gangotri Glades, which will be developed into a cricket venue.

PICTURE PERFECT: The sprawling Gangotri Glades, which will be developed into a cricket venue.  

Sharath S. Srivatsa

MYSORE: Cricket lovers in city have good news to cheer, with Mysore likely to find a place in the national cricketing scene. Shortly, this Heritage City will have state of the art facilities to host Ranji Trophy games, as the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) has planned to upgrade Gangotri Glades, which will make it a venue for premier league matches.

The KSCA will initially invest Rs. 30 lakhs on the construction of a lounge at Gangotri Glades. The decision to upgrade the grounds was taken recently and the foundation stone will be laid next week. The KSCA signed a memorandum of understanding in June 2001 with the University of Mysore, which owns Gangotri Glades, to develop and upgrade the facility. The Mysore University has leased the grounds to KSCA for development for 20 years. KSCA Zonal Convener Balachander told The Hindu that the first phase of expansion of Gangotri Glades include construction of a lounge comprising two players' room, one umpires' room and an office room for KSCA besides the provision for toilets and showers. Mysore has so far hosted only two Ranji Trophy matches. While the Karnataka-Andhra Pradesh Ranji game was hosted at Maharaja's College grounds in 1974, the Karnataka-Hyderabad game was hosted at Chamundi Vihar grounds in 1988. According to Director of Department of Physical Education at the University of Mysore C. Krishna, the development of Gangotri Glades will not only help the city to host national-level matches, but also provide upcoming cricketers to hone their skills on the turf wicket.

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