BCCI gears up for 2011 World Cup May 6, 2006

Indian board plans its own stadium in Delhi

Cricinfo staff

Burgeoning ambitions: Sharad Pawar wants BCCI's own stadium in Delhi © Getty Images

The BCCI is moving ahead with the plan to construct its own stadium in Delhi to host matches for the 2011 World Cup. The plan has been on paper for four years now. "The land was allotted when Arun Jaitley was a Union Minister in the BJP government," Sharad Pawar, the BCCI chief, said at a press conference in Delhi on Friday.

The Board has been allotted 30 acres of land by the Delhi Development Authority to build the stadium. "It will be of international standards having an indoor academy, a club house and residential arrangements among other facilities," said Pawar.

ICC regulations require a stadium hosting the World Cup to be free of all corporate logos. The Feroze Shah Kotla stadium under the Delhi & District Association has corporate insignia all around the ground, as does Wankhede in Mumbai. The BCCI will appeal to the corporates not to insist on the display of their logos during ICC events, but it will simultaneously carry forward its plans to build the stadium, which, when constructed will be the first one in the country to be owned by the board.

On the issue of player burnout due to an increase in the number of matches Pawar said, "Whatever we are going to play, these are as per ICC norms, which allows for a maximum of 105 days out of the 365 days in a year.

"The accepted norm is 12 Tests and 30 one-day internationals, and we are accommodating the planned matches (at neutral venues) within this limit."

Pawar announced a schedule of 25 one-day matches over a period of five years, played at neutral venues. He cited India's short cricket season as the reason for seeking such venues. "Our season is limited when compared to the others because of the monsoon and summer," he said. "To concentrate the matches in this main period is difficult."