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Next International Match in Goa On GCA Grounds: GCA

Goa Cricket Association President Dayanand Narvekar on Sunday declared that the GCA will not host any international cricket match in Goa until its own stadium is ready.

“The BCCI had granted us one match and we failed to conduct it because of the stadium that was government owned. Now we shall not host any matches till we have our own stadium,” he said.

He said that the October 24 match between India and Australia at Margao was cancelled because of the soggy condition of the ground which happened due to lack of proper drainage for the stadium.

Besides, he said the policies change with every new sports minister who sets a different agenda due to his attitude towards sports.

The GCA has acquired land for a cricket stadium at Tivim and the work is expected to commence by December 2010 and the stadium is expected to be ready in two years, he said.

The stadium with 45,000 seating capacity is expected to cost a total  150 crore of which the BCCI will provide a subsidy of 50 crore, he said adding that the government has been paid  1.6 crore for the land.

Dayanand Narvekar asserted that the GCA did not need any financial help from the government to construct the stadium but only wanted its co-operation to complete the project.

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