The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Secretary Jay Shah on Sunday stated that the board will soon make an international cricket ground in Uttarakhand. Jay Shah said that the board will work closely with Uttarakhand Cricket Association for building world-class infrastructure.
With this initiative, BCCI will also help in taking up the game among the youth of the state for future prospects in the state team. Speaking at the Annual Awards Ceremony of the Cricket Association of Uttarakhand, Jay Shah said, “We are in a phase where Indian sports is thriving. Be it the cricket team winning at Lord’s or the athletes winning seven medals in the Tokyo Olympics or the para-athletes winning 19 medals in the Tokyo Paralympics. It has been a great effort from everyone. On August 13, 2019, Cricket Association of Uttarakhand was recognised by the BCCI. Uttarakhand cricket’s 19-year wait ended.”
Cricket Association of Uttarakhand Secretary Mahim Verma alongside BCCI Vice President Rajeev Shukla were also present at the event. Jay Shah recalled the time when Mahim Verma was serving as Vice President of BCCI.
“I remember getting a call from Mahim Verma and him telling me that he wants to resign from the post of BCCI VP as Uttarakhand cricket needs him.
“He is the first person I saw who wanted to leave the BCCI post to serve the state body. We will look to make an international level stadium here and make Uttarakhand Cricket self-reliant. With support from all of you, we will put in all possible effort to make Uttarakhand the land of cricket.” Shah said.
BCCI’s generous gesture towards other sports
Recently, BCCI generously rewarded the Tokyo Olympic winners of India the cash prize of Rs. 10 crores. They also announced cash prizes for athletes who won medals at the marquee event.
“PM Narendra Modi has said the revenue generated from cricket should help other sports also prosper in the country and as you know, the Narendra Modi Stadium has the facility to organize 40 Olympic sport events.
“Inspired by PM sir, we also contributed Rs. 10 crore to help the athletes prepare for the Olympics. This apart, we announced Rs. 1 crore to Gold medallist Neeraj Chopra, Rs. 50 lakh to the silver medal winners, Rs. 25 lakh to the bronze medal winners and Rs. 1.25 crore for the hockey team,” he concluded.
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