Our Sports Reporter
GUWAHATI: Assam Cricket Association (ACA) expressed shock on the construction of helipad and a pebbled road traversing through the ground by District administration at the centre of the Zhagrapara Stadium, Dhubri. The ACA officials assured the Dhubri District Sports Association to take up the matter to the Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal who himself is on a mission to create maximum sports infrastructure in the State.
In order to assess the existing cricket infrastructure and its shortfall in Dhubri, a team of Assam Cricket Association led by its Secretary Devajit Saikia, visited the city on Friday. During the visit the ACA officials were deeply astonished to find a helipad constructed with concrete and paver blocks right on top of 3 cricket pitches at the centre of the ground by the Dhubri District Administration. The ACA officials were equally shocked to find a pebbled road traversing through the ground to the center pitch area where the helipad is located. As a result the outfield has also been substantially damaged.
Later in a meeting held at the ground in presence of the officials and players of the Dhubri District Sports Association, Devajit Saikia expressed deep anguish over the anti-sports act of the District Administration that has, over the last several months, not only caused major damage to the only cricket ground in Dhubri but also stopped the chances of resumption of cricket activities in the district, which has produced numerous State Cricketers including Zaved Zaman.
Saikia in the meeting also expressed hope that the District Administration would soon remove the helipad along with the pebbled road besides restoring the cricket ground to its original condition by repairing the damages so that the cricketing activities can be started as soon as possible.