The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to conduct a final review of the playing conditions, facilities and arrangements at Jaipur’s Sawai Mansingh Stadium before giving a go-ahead so as to enable the stadium to host Rajasthan Royals’ home matches the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
In a bid to clear the decks for the historic stadium to host IPL games this year, a BCCI team is presently in Jaipur, touring every nook and corner of the ground, with specific emphasis being also laid on the seating arrangements available for the spectators, players’ dressing rooms and the pavilions et al.
The reviewing team has further listed down their requirements and compiled a checklist which has been given to the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) honorary secretary RS Nandhu told IANS. Nandhu also stated that the main motive behind the review is to ensure that the stadium is able to adhere to international standards for hosting the Rajasthan Royals this year.
Sounding quite confident of his associations’ ability to meet the required standards, Nandhu said that the Rajasthan Cricket Association has the funds required to accomplish all the tasks on hand within the stipulated time period. He said that Rajasthan Cricket Association stands united to see the stadium hosting the cheering crowd again after a break of almost four years.
“We will be more than happy to see IPL coming back to Jaipur and hence will be working with the best of our capacity to accomplish the task with the given deadline,” Nandhu said.
Elaborating on the kind of tasks that have been handed over to the Rajasthan Cricket Association by the BCCI’s review team, Nandhu explained that they are not that exhaustive and includes levelling the tiles, repairing the chairs and other similar tasks which will be completed by the given deadline. Rajasthan Royals vice-president Rajeev Khanna confirmed that a task list has been given to RCA.
“We are keen to play in Jaipur and hopefully we should if all goes well,” Nandhu added. Tejraj Singh, PRO, SMS Stadium was also optimistic when asked about the prospects of the stadium hosting IPL after four years.
“The stadium was used to be packed during the IPL matches. With a strength to accommodate around 25,000 people, the stadium, it seems, will be ready again to host IPL this time,” Tejraj concluded.