Both groups again promise completing Kotambi stadium project
VADODARA: It was in 2001 that Baroda Cricket Association (BCA) management had promised to build an international cricket stadium during a closely fought election between an all-powerful former BCCI secretary late Jaywant Lele and a group of ex-cricketers.
Eighteen years on, while management has changed, poll promise remains same. Both Groups, Revival and Royal have the project right on the top of their agenda.
The Royal Group led by Samarjitsinh Gaekwad said on Monday that they will build a stadium as early as possible. “If elected to power, my aim is to construct the stadium within two-and-half years and then host Ranji matches followed by international cricket matches,” said Jatin Vakil, Royal Group’s presidential candidate.
Revival Group’s presidential candidate, Pranav Amin too has said that if elected to power, he will speed up the cricket stadium that is being planned at Kotambi on the outskirts of the city. Amin had told TOI that he is eyeing to host some 2023 ODI world cup matches in the stadium. The stadium project has been hanging fire since years as the association failed to buy even a proper piece of land.
When BCA finally bought a piece of land in Kotambi, the project got delayed due to NA permissions. The Royal Group on Monday accused the Revival Group of delaying the project. “They couldn’t even buy a proper office for BCA then how do you think will they build a stadium?” questioned Samarjitsinh Gaekwad of Royal Group.
Former India players, Anshuman Gaekwad and Nayan Mongia too accused the Revival Group of treating them badly. “I wasn’t allowed to function properly as the secretary so I quit,” Gaekwad said. Mongia, who was made mentor of the junior cricket earlier this year, too accused the office-bearers of not treating him as well as the junior cricketers properly. “We will give membership to first-class players and also start local school tournaments. We want to bring back the golden days of BCA,” Gaekwad said.