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Indoor facility gets first touch

The government today gave first touch to the construction of the indoor facility at the TU Stadium.

Youth and Sports Minister Ram Kumar Shrestha laid the foundation stone of the construction site on Thursday.


The indoor facility, which will have two practice pitches in a surface made of astro -turf, will also be a first step of government’s involvement in the development of Nepali cricket.


Nepali cricketers will now atleast minimise the tensions of keeping themselves busy at the pitch during monsoon. However for a nation that has recently qualified for the ICC World Twenty20, is no doubt inadequate. 


The indoor facility project comes under a short-term plan the government has asked from Youth and Sports Ministry, National Sports Council and Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) for the World Twenty20 which will be held in Bangaldesh this year in March. 


Coach Pubudu Dassanayake has asked the NSC Member Secretary to have it prepared by the beginning of February after national team returns from the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers. National team is currently playing practice matches in New Zealand ahead of the Qualifiers and will return after its conclusion on February 1.


A committee that was assigned to come up with the short term plans for the World Twenty20 has prepared a budget of 7.4 million for the indoor facility. An approximate total of 40 million rupees has been asked from the government to complete the short term plans.


The other short-term plans include expansion of the gymnasium, further work on the existing practice pitches in front of the National Cricket Academy in TU Stadium along with foreign-based plans ahead of the Qualifiers.


The committee will also submite a long-term plan shorty. The long term plan includes facilitating the state with cricket stadiums, commencement of two-day cricket among others.

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