Hailakandi, Feb. 24: The Satindra Mohan Dev Stadium in Silchar is all set to wear a new look, thanks to a sanction of Rs 10 crore in the Rs 1,000-crore package for the welfare of the Barak Valley announced by chief minister Tarun Gogoi in Silchar on February 21.
Silchar DSA secretary Babul Hore said state PHED minister and Assam Cricket Association president Gautam Roy moved Gogoi for the funds to develop the stadium, which boasts one of the best grounds in the state.
“Roy apprised the chief minister that the construction of a state-of-the-art stadium in Silchar was the dream of former Union minister Santosh Mohan Dev and he (Roy) wanted to fulfil it,” Hore said, adding that DSA president Badal Dey and Roy had met Gogoi with the plea.
Hore said most of the construction of the stadium has been completed and the stadium would now be modernised with the new funds.
Apart from Roy, sports minister Ajit Singh is also keen to develop the infrastructure.
The stadium has hosted an India-England women’s ODI, an Indo-Pak veteran match and two other international charity matches involving players like Sachin Tendulkar, Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev and Saurav Ganguly, among others.
Nuruddin Trophy: Bongaigaon were sitting pretty piling up a modest first innings total of 248 runs till the end of the first day’s play against Lakhimpur in the Plate Group semi-final of the Nuruddin Ahmed Trophy Senior Inter District Cricket Tournament at Barsapara Stadium here today.
Opener Fazlur Rahman topscored with 65 runs off 183 balls.