BCCI board secy visits International Cricket Stadium in Mullanpur

Deepankar Sharda

Tribune News Service

Mullanpur (Mohali), December 1

In a low-key affair, Jay Shah, secretary, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), visited the new International Cricket Stadium in Mullanpur on Tuesday.

Rajinder Gupta, president, Punjab Cricket Association (PCA), and secretary Puneet Bali accompanied him on the tour of the under-construction stadium.

Shah’s visit was a low-key affair considering the ongoing farmers’ agitation.

Earlier on Monday evening, he had visited the Sector 16 Cricket Stadium in Chandigarh, which is under the UT Sports Department.

He interacted with UTCA president Sanjay Tandon along with other officials.

He was also scheduled to visit UTCA’s another ground — Mahajan Cricket Ground — on Tuesday morning. However, he failed to turn up at the venue and kept the media waiting.

A UTCA spokesperson said his visit to MCG was tentative.

Meanwhile, Shah’s visit was kept a secret by the state associations (PCA and UTCA), which usually awaits such opportunities to gain publicity.

Sources claimed that the BCCI secretary visited these stadiums in order to see the possibility of creating a bio-bubble for conducting tournaments here from January 2021.

“Various discussions were held with the stakeholders and suggestions were welcomed by the BCCI secretary.  The associations were aware of Shah’s visit but everyone was asked to keep it a low affair which is the reason the media or other office bearers were not involved,” said a source.

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