BCCI Secretary Jay Shah said Uttarakhand could become the “land of cricket”.© BCCI
The secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Jay Shah, has said the board will work closely with the Cricket Association of Uttarakhand to build an international cricket stadium in the state and bring the game to every home in to bring the region. Speaking at the annual awards ceremony of the Cricket Association of Uttarakhand, the BCCI secretary said: “We are in a phase where Indian sport is thriving. Be it the cricket team winning at Lord’s or the athletes winning seven medals at the Olympics in Tokyo or the para athletes who won 19 medals at the Tokyo Paralympic Games.It was a great effort from everyone.On August 13, 2019, Cricket Association of Uttarakhand was recognized by the BCCI.The 19-year waiting period of Uttarakhand cricket ended. “
BCCI Vice President Rajeev Shukla and Cricket Association of Uttarakhand Secretary Mahim Verma also attended the award ceremony.
Jay said in a conversation that the BCCI secretary had with Verma: “I remember getting a call from Mahim Verma and he told me he wanted to resign from the position of BCCI VP because Uttarakhand cricket needs him.
“He is the first person I saw who wanted to leave the BCCI post to serve the state agency. We will try to make an international level stadium here and make Uttarakhand Cricket self-reliant. With the support of all of you, we will commit ourselves every possible effort to make Uttarakhand the country of cricket.”
The BCCI secretary added: “You all know that cricket is in every Indian’s blood. When there was no television, people followed the game on the radio. But thanks to technology, people can now follow the game everywhere. Kids play trench cricket also dream of playing the IPL now.”
He also cited Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a source of inspiration for the BCCI. “PM Narendra Modi has said that the income from cricket should help other sports in the country thrive and as you know Narendra Modi stadium has the capacity to host 40 Olympic sporting events.
“Inspired by Prime Minister sir, we also contributed Rs. 10 crore to help the athletes prepare for the Olympics. Apart from that, we announced Rs. 1 crore to gold medalist Neeraj Chopra, Rs 50 lakh to the winners of the silver medalist, Rs.25 lakh to the bronze medalists and Rs.1.25 crore to the hockey team,” he said.
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