India news May 27, 2012

Nagaland gets new stadium

ESPNcricinfo staff

The Nagaland state government has built a new cricket stadium in Dimapur. The Sovima Cricket Stadium, built at a cost of Rs. 10.33 crores, is the second cricket ground in the north-east region of India after Guwahati in Assam.

"We are happy that finally our stadium is ready. I believe that cricket is going to go a long way because now we have good facilities," Athasie Angami, the head coach of the Nagaland Cricket Academy, told ANI.

The stadium, which took eight months to build, will allow young players to train in Nagaland, as opposed to having to travel to Guwahati and other places for matches and coaching camps.

"Now, our boys will not have to go out from Nagaland to practice. They can learn here and we will be able to better quality players from here," A Rehman, secretary, Nagaland Cricket Academy, said. "And hopefully more and more Naga boys will come out with flying colors in the field of cricket."

The stadium recently hosted a match between the Under-16 Dimapur district team and the Sovima Youth Cricket Club.