Helipad at stadium irks cricketers

The construction of a helipad at Chowk Stadium here has irked the cricket fraternity. The move is understood to have been taken place to felicitate the arrival of a “political personality” for the Brahim Sammelan of the BSP on Friday at the Jyotiba Phule park located nearby.

Written by Express News Service | Lucknow | Published: February 27, 2009 4:01 am

The construction of a helipad at Chowk Stadium here has irked the cricket fraternity. The move is understood to have been taken place to felicitate the arrival of a “political personality” for the Brahim Sammelan of the BSP on Friday at the Jyotiba Phule park located nearby.

On Thursday,the players and organisers of the Ajuba Khatoon Cricket Tournament were taken by surprise when the district administration officials arrived all of a sudden at the stadium around 10.00 am with the intention of constructing a helipad right “on the pitch”.

Talking to The Indian Express,honorary secretary CAL KM Khan said,“The officials wanted the helipad to be made right on the pitch but we resented the move. We expressed our inability to have the ground vacated by players as the match was in progress. When the match was over,they constructed the same a few meters away from the wicket.” “I have no knowledge about the ‘neta’ for whom the helipad is being constructed but one thing that I would like to say as a sportsperson is that construction of helipads for political purpose like arrival of VIPs and organisation of oath-taking ceremonies at stadia should be stopped once and for all. The players are the real sufferers due to such moves,” he added.

Joint secretary CAL ML Mishra too said that disturbing the sports field for any reason was not justified as it damages the ground greatly. Cricketers who came to know about the move too expressed displeasure about the move. When contacted District Magistrate Chandra Bhanu however said that “administration had only provided technical input in the construction of the helipad as we do monitor the safety measures but the construction has been done by the BSP men to felicitate the arrival of BSP general secretary SC Mishra.” The sports department officials interestingly expressed ignorance on the matter!

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