Chandigarh: Looking at the future needs, the UT Sports Department is now upgrading and renovating the Cricket Stadium-16. Significantly, the importance of Cricket Stadium-16 has increased significantly after the UT Cricket Association got recognition from the BCCI. The temporary office of the UT Cricket Association is also in this stadium. UTCA players also practice in the stadium itself. Tejdeep Singh Saini, director of UT Sports Department, said that the first pitch in the renovation will be elevated to six inches. Apart from this, an additional 15 nets will be placed for players to practice. Right there In the upgrade, the electronic score board installed in the stadium will be replaced and a new and latest model score board will be replaced. Along with this, electronic score board will be installed in Hockey Stadium-42. For this, written orders have been given to the engineer wig of the administration. It will be installed soon. There is a lot of ground to upgrade infrastructure
Sports Director Tejdeep Singh Saini said that Cricket Stadium-16 is an international level infrastructure at present. The stadium has facilities such as changing rooms, media centers, TV towers, practice nets, multi-specialty gyms for the players. There is a good place for parking around the stadium. Apart from this, flood lights were installed in the stadium in May 2013, after which a day-night match is being organized in the stadium. Despite this, there is still much to be done, so that international matches can be held in this stadium. The cricket academy of the UT Sports Department already runs in the stadium. In such a situation, we cannot close the stadium completely and will gradually make the stadium hi-tech. No international event in the stadium since 13 years
The cricket stadium of Sector-16 was constructed in the year 1960 on 10 acres of land. A Test, two ODIs and two practice matches have been played in this stadium with a capacity of 20 thousand spectators. The first Test at the stadium was played on 23 November 1990 between India and Sri Lanka. At the same time, the first ODI in the stadium was played on 27 January 1985 between India and England. At the same time, the second and final ODI match was played between India and Australia on 8 October 2007. Apart from this, there was a practice match between Punjab State XI with Sri Lanka on October 4, 2006 and with Bangladesh on October 5. But behind 13 years there has been no international event in the cricket stadium of Sector-16. Cricket fans are hopeful that cricket stadium-16 will also have IPL and International level matches after UTCA gets recognition from BCCI.