It’s yet another jewel in Vizag’s crown. What can be said as a piece of good news for the Cricket lovers of the city is that the office of the Andhra Cricket Association (ACA) has been shifted to Vizag as per the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) rules. The reason for the shifting is due to Vizag is having all the requisite infrastructural facilities at Dr. YSR ACA-VDCA international Cricket stadium at PM Palem. It is the only one in the state that is having test status and had been holding a number of international matches, including in the floodlights.
The stadium which is on the outskirts of Visakhapatnam amidst picturesque scenic hill has hosted just one international match between Indian and Pakistan in 2005. The infrastructure of the stadium consists of 25,000 seats although there are plans to increase its capacity to more to accommodate more spectators with more tiers to the stands. It is here that Virat Kohli mesmerized by Vizag’s beauty and couldn’t resist taking a selfie with the ‘City Of Destiny’ in the background. And It was here that India’s most successful ODI captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni burst onto the scene in spectacular fashion.
Speaking during the inauguration of the new office at the Dr. YSR ACA-VDCA International Cricket stadium at PM Palem here on Thursday, the president of the ACA Sarat Chandra Reddy said that the main idea behind shifting had nothing to do with the state government declaring Visakhapatnam as the Executive capital and special focus would be on developing district teams and club cricket. Our aim is to produce a good number of players which is inherent in Andhra Pradesh. Towards this end, we should be exclusively paying attention to district teams and club tournaments. In the future, we are planning to have more matches, leagues, and tournaments, so that we can have quality cricket all through the year,” he said. With 14 working staff, all the day-to-day administrative work would now be done from Visakhapatnam, said the treasurer of ACA Gopinath Reddy. Earlier it’s was operating from Guntur and Vijayawada, since its inception in 1953. ACA is probably the only sports body that has shifted its base to Visakhapatnam, ever since the city was declared as the proposed Executive Capital of the state.
Speaking to Hello Vizag, Y Venugopal, Director of cricket operations of ACA said our association is primarily responsible for overall growth in the state, and shifting to Vizag will have a positive impact on the long term as the city is logistically well connected with rail, sea, road and air connectivity to conduct more international test matches and ODIs. During the inaugural program, the former Andhra Ranji players T. Vijay Kumar, A.G. Pradeep, and M. Suresh were felicitated. Durga Prasad, secretary of ACA, C.R. Mohan, and office bearers of the VDCA such as K. Parthasarathi, D.S. Varma, T.S.R. Prasad, and P.R. Narayanswami were among those present.
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