To nesure that Green Park Stadium in Kanpur can host international and commercial cricket matches, including IPL, the state cabinet on Tuesday decided to hand over the stadium to Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association (UPCA) for 30 years. The last international match that the stadium had hosted was in November, 2013.
“We have cleared a proposal to sign an MoU with the UPCA for Green Park Stadium to hold national and international matches. Same procedure will also be followed for under-construction stadiums as well,” said Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav after the cabinet meeting.
Around three years ago, the BCCI had introduced a clause that the state cricket associations will be allotted international matches either if they have their own stadium or long-term license to use one. In UP, the UPCA had neither. As a result, the state did not get any international match since November, 2013.
According to the MoU, UPCA will be given the stadium for 30 years but on set conditions. While it will have to pay Rs 1 crore annually to the state exchequer, it will also have to pay Rs 5,000 daily if it fails to make the annual payment. This Rs 1 crore will be the license fee, which will be raised by 25 per cent every five year.
Moreover, as per the conditions of the license, UPCA will charge Rs 25 lakh for holding commercial matches like IPL and Rs 15 lakh for T-20, one-day international matches and test matches.
Even these will be increased by 25 per cent every five year. While the ownership of the stadium and its administration will remain with the state government, UPCA will only be allowed to use the cricket ground and its facilities for holding matches.
“First of all, I must make it clear that we have not given the stadium to UPCA. They have only been given the license to use it, while the administration and ownership remains with us,” said Bhuvnesh Kumar Principal Secretary (Sports). “Since 2013, we have not got any international matches. Under the new arrangement, UP will get to hold international matches as well now,” he added.