International cricket stadium at Mullanpur to be named after Patiala’s last ruler-PCA
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The Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) has decided to name its new stadium in Mullanpur in village of Mohali district, located next to Chandigarh, after the last ruler of erstwhile princely state of Patiala, late Maharaja Yadavindra Singh.
This was decided in a meeting attended by PCA president Rajinder Gupta and secretary Puneet Bali apart from other office bearers of the association. PCA president Rajinder Gupta proposed the name of its new 38.2 acre stadium in Mullanpur to be named after Maharaja Yadwaindra Singh and it was given approval by the committee.
Maharaja Yadavindra Singh, was the father of Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh and the last ruler of Patiala state, before independence. Yadavindra Singh played a Test match for India in 1934.He was also the president of BCCI.
Meanwhile, PCA has also started the process of renovating the existing ISBindra Stadium in Mohali to turn it into an international cricket academy. The facilities to be upgraded include grounds, swimming pools, gyms and other infrastructure, Bali said.The 38.2 acre stadium in Mullanpur was conceptualised by former PCA president I S Bindra, due to its proximity to Chandigarh and Panchkula, it is for people to reaching there easy and the crowd management will be simpler.
“During the meeting the council also took the decision to increase the cricketers under scholarship scheme from 30 to 40, including 10 women cricketers, besides finalising the name of the new cricket stadium. “One of the main agenda of the apex council meeting was regarding the approval for the scholarship scheme and it was decided that a total of 40 cricketers including 30 men and ten women cricketers will be offered the contracts under this scheme” said Bali.
As per the available information, the council has also approved the proposal to implement the district development scheme under which all the 18 district associations in Punjab will first submit the agenda for development and the PCA inspection committee will inspect the plan.