Indian cricket February 16, 2005

Waugh to set up cricket township

Cricinfo staff

Waugh's love affair with the city continues © Getty Images

Steve Waugh will further strengthen his ties with the city of Kolkata by setting up a Cricket City in Rajarhat New Town, on the outskirts of the metropolis. Waugh's plan has met with the approval of Asok Bhattacharya, West Bengal's minister for urban development.

Though Waugh had expressed his desire to set up the township in the innards of the bustling city, Bhattacharya informed him that it wouldn't be possible to set aside 150 acres of land within city limits. With West Howrah, Dankuni and Rajarhat being the options, Waugh plumped for the latter after taking a look around.

Waugh's plan involves a township and an academy equipped with a training centre. Waugh also informed the minister of his wish to set up a golf course, and also a school for children with impaired vision. With Sourav Ganguly also setting up a cricket academy, the future appears bright for the willow game in a state that was once a football fiefdom.