Cuttack: The Odisha Cricket Association (OCA) will set up an international standard cricket academy by acquiring a land of 20-40 acres near Cuttack–Bhubaneswar. This was known from the Apex Council Meeting of OCA held on August 31st through a virtual platform.
Mr. Pankaj Lochan Mohanty (President), Mr. Sanjay Behera (Secretary), Mr. Akshya Kumar Samant(Vice President), Mr. Mehtab Khan (Joint Secretary), Mr. Bikash Pradhan (Treasurer), Mr. Suvasish Senapati (Elected Member- Apex Council) Mr. Deepak Raghu (Nominated Member, CAG Odisha) Mr. Abakash Khatua ( Nominated Member, Male, ICA) Ms. Rashmita Mohanty (Nominated Member, Female, ICA), Mr. Subrat Kumar Behera(CEO) participated in the meeting. Mr. Pankaj Lochan Mohanty (President) presided in this meeting.
In this meeting, it was decided that the OCA will set up an international standard cricket academy which will have 2-3 Cricket fields and all other modern amenities required for an academy (like practice wickets, match fields, swimming pool, sandpit, gym, rehab room, residential complexes recreation room, etc. ). The proposed budget for this academy is Rs 50 Cr approx. This proposal was highly appreciated and was resolved that it has to be done on a priority basis for the larger interest of Cricket of our state.
Also, it was decided that the Barabati Stadium will be renovated. The infrastructures like Gallery No-7 will be repaired, the Club House, Sachin Tendulkar Indoor Hall, OCA academy, Barabati Stadium Ground & other infrastructures will also be repaired and renovated and landscaping will be done in major areas of Barabati Stadium. This proposal was appreciated & was resolved that this work may start as soon as possible.
Besides, it was decided that OCA will develop the infrastructure of its affiliated units, and regarding this OCA has already circulated letters to all its affiliated units and has received many responses. The affiliated units, where OCA will develop infrastructure, OCA will also provide equipment and also will appoint a Coach for the development of Cricketers at the Grass root level. In this regard, it may be noted that OCA is planning to develop turf wickets across the state which will immensely benefit the Cricketers. This proposal was highly appreciated and was approved.
It was also resolved that if the situation improves then OCA will start its domestic cricket activity subject to the condition of BCCI guideline and approval of State Govt. Also, it may be noted that if situation permits then the OCA will again start the VISION@2024.
Moreover, it was resolved that if the BCCI conducts its Domestic Season then appropriate measures will be taken up as per BCCI SOP and Govt of Odisha guidelines and the Secretary has been empowered to do so.
This apart, in near future OCA is going to start the Coach development program for the existing coaches and also for those who aspire to become a cricket coach through a virtual platform & is also planning to start players strengthening & conditioning program through the virtual platform in order to keep our players fit and match ready.