New Agartala stadium could boost cricket in Indian region

A new $200m (£155m/€170m) cricket stadium planned for a site close to the city of Agartala could be used as a new home for the Indian national team.

The 25,000-capacity stadium, in the Tripura state, would be the second biggest arena in the northeastern region of India.

According to Tripura Cricket Association (TCA) secretary Tapas Dey, Indian cricket’s regulatory body, the BBCI, would reimburse 50 per cent cost of the stadium.

The stadium is to be constructed at Narshingarh, around 20km north of Agartala. Officials said a New Delhi-based construction company would build the stadium.

“In the under-construction international standard cricket stadium, all latest modern facilities would be available so that international cricket matches could be held here (Agartala). The seven-storeyed club house, modern lift, and electronic score board are the other features of the stadium,” Dey said, according to the First Cricket website.

Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar said the new stadium would help to develop cricket further in the region. The Nehru Stadium in Guwahati, the major stadium closest to Tripura, has not staged an Indian international match since 2010.

“There is a huge reservoir of sports talent in Tripura and other northeastern states. They must get the scope to highlight their talent, skill and abilities,” Sarkar said.

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