Chandigarh: Sector-16 stadium has not witnessed any action for the last three Ranji Trophy season. The last Ranji game played at the stadium was way back in 2013 between Pu8njab and Mumbai. In last five years only one match has taken place.
The home cricket, in the city has also seen dearth of other domestic circuit matches.
Not even a single match of Irani Trophy, C K Nayadu Trophy, Duleep Trophy etc. has taken place on the venue. Now, the stadium is only used for under-16 or under-19 matches. Some matches of the invitational trophies organised by Punjab Cricket Association are still organised but only when the association is not able to find any other venues. PCA this year is organising most if its domestic matches at Pandove Stadium, Patiala. Even, plans to include stadium of Amritsar and Jalandhar is in pipeline.
The spokesperson of PCA, Sushil Kapoor blames the desertion on the ownership of the cricket ground. The cricket stadium is owned by the sports department of Chandigarh. Sushil Kapoor said that though the rent of stadium is meagre Rs 2500 per day but the employees are all government and the capacity of government employees is well known.
“The stadiums at Amritsar, Patiala, Mohali are owned by PCA. PCA is responsible for any kind of controversy if take place at that stadium during the play. But since, Sector-16 stadium is owned by government hence government employees take control of creating the pitch, recording the score and all other play related things therefore we refrain from hosting matches at the stadium” said Kapoor.
Harish Sharma, head coach of cricket at the stadium said that stadium has to face the challenges as Chandigarh Cricket Association is not affiliated to Board Control of Cricket in India.
“We are organising matches at the under-16 and under-19 level but for more important matches the Chandigarh Cricket Association needs affiliation from BCCI” said Sharma.
Sector-16 stadium was home of cricket for tri-city for almost three decades. It has hosted one test and seven one day matches.
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