Sunday, October 25, 2009

"Gujarat can become cricket hub"

Chief Minister and GCA president Narendra Modi said he wants Gujarat to emerge as the hub of cricket in the country.
Modi said it is the only state in the country to have three associations of the game.

Gujrat is the lone state in India to possess three cricket bodies in Gujrat Cricket Association, Baroda Cricket Association and Saurasthra Cricket Association.

"Gujarat is only state in the entire country where three cricket associatins exist and so there is every scope for developing it as a hub of cricket," Modi said while discussing cricket related matters with BCCI vice-president and BCA chief Chirayu Amin, SCA secretary Niranjan Shah and vice-president of GCA Amit Shah in the backdrop of the first ODI between India and Australia on Sunday.

Incidentally, it was for the firs time Modi witnessed an ODI in the city, which has been hosting international matches since 1983.

After becoming the GCA president last month, Modi has started taking keen interest in the development of the game in the state and stressed the need for representation from Gujrat in the national team.

He also suggested to celebrate the golden jubilee year of Gujarat in 2010, state level cricket tournaments should be orgainsed jointly by the GCA, BCA and SCA and it should be made an annual feature to give opportunity to the players to showcase their talents.

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