| Syed Kirmani in Guwahati on Sunday. Picture by UB Photos |
Guwahati, March 25: Former India captain Syed Kirmani today suggested that Assam Cricket Association could have gone for earthen galleries instead of the east and west stands at Barsapara cricket stadium to retain the natural beauty of the hilly backdrop and given it the ambience of stadia in Australia and South Africa.
The former Test cap was here since last afternoon for the closing ceremony of the 36th annual convention and JK Bose cricket tournament of the Sports Journalists Federation of India.
He visited the under-construction stadium this morning and was “more than overwhelmed” by the quality of the infrastructure.
“This is going to be one of the best in the country. I am more than overwhelmed by the quality and the site of the stadium. It could have been the first of its kind in the country if the east and west galleries were made earthen galleries like in other countries,” the 1983 World Cup champion team member said. “The backdrop of the hills on either side is going to be blocked by the concrete construction,” he said. The construction of concrete galleries for the two stands is under way and expected to be complete early next year.
On the wickets and outfield, the wicket-keeper-batsman was all praise for the technology used by Klorophyll (India) Sports Turf Technology and Construction Pvt Ltd.
He also discussed it with ACA president Gautam Roy over phone and proposed to offer his technical expertise to the ACA as consultant for the cricket teams and coaching programmes.
“I have talked to Roy and offered all possible help from my side to the ACA in technical matters,” Kirmani said.
Kirmani also appreciated the ACA for the guesthouse in the stadium complex to accommodate teams during matches as well as coaching camps.
Hosts Needs drubbed Dare Devils by 69 runs while Udayan Coaching Centre defeated Ankurjyoti Cricket Coaching Centre by three wickets in the 19th Needs T-20 day-night cricket tournament at Latasil playground yesterday.