BCCI manages to get extra land for renovation of NCA

BCCI manages to get extra land for renovation of NCA

"Our centre of excellence, as we will eventually know it, should be second to none," conceded the BCCI Secretary.

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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has managed to get an additional 15 acres of land in Karnataka for the proposed Center of Excellence (COE). The COE will be the renovated NCA – the National Cricket Academy. The NCA is renowned to be the breeding ground for the young Indian cricketers and the fitness training center. There have been talks about extending the same over the last few years.

However, there was no motion to be seen in the same when it came to the course of action. The BCCI was waiting for a few clearances. Now, as per the quotes in Sportskeeda, the acting Secretary of the Indian board has confirmed that the COE will be constructed soon. Also, he revealed that they have been given an extra portion of land. The payments for the same were made way back in the year 2005.

“For the last 12 years we had been waiting for a separate parcel of land for NCA and the BCCI had even paid 50 crore for this purpose way back in 2005. While the original parcel of land was aimed at the Nandi Hills area, we this time around started focusing on Devanahalli aerospace park and I am happy to tell you that not only the first 25 acres were registered against the amount which had been paid by the BCCI 12 years ago,” quoted Amitabh Choudhary.

“In addition to these 25 acres, we had asked for another 25. I am grateful to the government of Karnataka that they have agreed and have finally given us another 15 acres in the same plot. I intend to draft a mail this evening itself, sending it to members of the NCA committee, important functionaries in the BCCI and also the COA,” he added.

Course of action

When asked to comment on the course of action that the board will be taking to, Amitabh Choudhary remarked that they will be having a meeting for the NCA soon. They will be discussing all the prospects in the meeting. The aim of the board is to come up with the finest academy which would match the standards of the best in the business.

“Once we identify our requirements, we’ll have an NCA meeting, which will consider and approve that, on the basis of which we will start the appointment of a consultant. I would love it to be one of the finest in the world. Our centre of excellence, as we will eventually know it, should be second to none,” conceded the BCCI Secretary.