The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is planning to open five regional cricket academies in India,Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) president Anurag Thakur said today. He said that HPCA has urged BCCI to set up academy for North Zone in Dharamsala.
Thakur,who is also the BCCI joint secretary,exuded confidence that the Indian board shall granted the permission to Dharamsala as it fulfills all requirements. Talking to reporters here,Thakur said: “Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh have already expressed to open their academies in Himachal and we have also requested the BCCI to set up one of the five proposed regional cricket academies at Dharamsala.” Thakur also said that HPCA has proposed to hold training camps for Indian team in the Dharamsala stadium and hoped that BCCI will grant the permission soon.
Referring to the present tug of war between the state government and HPCA over the so called irregularities regarding the land and registration issue,Thakur said: “I have done everything according to law and so I’m not afraid of any thing.” When asked if an Indian Premium League (IPL) match will be allowed at Dharamsala cricket stadium in future,the BJP MP said political leaders can’t decide whether there should be a match or not.
He also refuted the charges against HPCA of encroaching over 720 square meter government land and demolishing a building. “During the congress governments’ previous turn too we successfully hosted international matches in Dharamsala. We are not afraid of anyone and will host matches,as earlier we have done,” said Thakur.
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