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Monday, November 07, 2005

Cricket Stadium In Mysore

A New Cricket Season has started with quite a big bang coinciding with Deepawali. After all the drama of Chappel- Ganguly and Dalmia- Pawar -Courts tussles, It's nice to see Mr. Wall, Rahul Dravid leading the team with panache, dedication and commitment only he can bring to the job of Indian Captaincy.

The objective of this topic is - When there are cricket stadia in nook and corner of our country, why, why Mysore doesn't have one and doesn't come anywhere in the radar screen of test or even oneday venues. Maharashtra has Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune, Aurangabad. Even Goa has in Panaji and Margaon..Kerala, a predominantly Football Crazy state has venues in Trivandurm, Cochin and Trissore... They play one day Internationals even in Gauwahati, Silguri.... timbaktoo..

Karnataka is happy with one which is in Bangalore. It looks like KSCA does not even want in other places or is not interested as long as Cricket Academy etc all comes to Bangalore!I don't think they are interested in scouting for talent in other districts of Karnataka. When Andhra Pradesh can field two Ranji Trophy teams - Hyderabad and Andhra- Maharashtra Cricket Association sends two teams Mumbai and Maharashtra and even Gujarat Cricket Association fields two teams in the name of Saurashtra and Gujarat!

Mysore was represented by Sunnyside and Mysore Gymkhan even in Sixties in Nassur and Mirza Ismail leagues. A.S . Krishna Swamy , a dynamic batsman from Mysore almost played for India. Javagal Srinath was the fastest Bowler India has ever produced. Yet , Mysore gets neglected by the mandarins of KSCA who only think of promoting cricket in the 22 yards in Chinnaswamy! Even Chinnaswamy, who did so much for promting cricket in Karntaka would not have approved of the way thinga are conducted in KSCA! No wonder, standards are reching new low.

The Umpires from Mysore who had a meeting recently in Mysore should work for the cause of a stadium in Mysore. Even if not a stadium -Feroze Shah Kotla in Delhi never had a stadium in Delhi till recently, but matches, test matches were held there all these years.

It's time to stake a claim to get Mysore one day matches for a start. For this, citizens, Umpires, Cricket clubs, Associations and Javagal Srinath should come together to get matches for Mysore. Side by side efforts for stadium should also be started.

I would like to receive comments, even if they are brickbats . For heaven's sake, let's get moving. If we can organise a 10-day Dasara festival year after year, that too with private companies' participation, one day match shouldn't be much of a sweat. Will Javagal take the lead.Please!

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