Jammu will soon host int’l cricket match: Anurag Thakur

Union Minister Anurag Thakur and BCCI member Ranjit Kalra during interaction at Jammu on Sunday.
Union Minister Anurag Thakur and BCCI member Ranjit Kalra during interaction at Jammu on Sunday.

Excelsior Sports Correspondent
JAMMU, Jan 19: Union Minister Anurag Thakur said that Jammu will soon host an international level cricket match at upcoming international level Maulana Azad Cricket stadium.
“If every good thing is happening to Jammu and Kashmir–Jammu should be hopeful of hosting an international match and why not?”, Thakur said in his reply to a question during media interaction at Jammu airport after attending public outreach programme at Nagrota.
As many as 38 Ministers visiting Jammu and Kashmir to make people aware on developments post Abrogation of Article 370. “We always wanted International level cricket stadium here but understand the challenges faced by the JKCA by their office bearers due to what they have done in the past and I don’t want to go into details,” said the former BCCI president. “But, the time has gone. We have to move ahead and look at hosting International level cricket match soon in Jammu and Kashmir,” he added.
BCCI member Ranjit Kalra who called on Union Minister Anurag Thakur while welcoming his statement said, “it is great that the Union Minister and former BCCI head announced that Jammu is fit to host an international level cricket match especially after inauguration of Maulana Azad Stadium by the LG Girish Chandra Murmu built out of Prime Minister’s package.”
“The stadium has been refurbished upto international standards and on our request, Thakur will also be visiting to the stadium,” he said and added that the Minister has agreed to the request while Jammu is eagerly waiting for hosting IPL and International level cricket match.
Advisor to Lieutenant Governor Girish Chandra Mur-mu, Farooq Khan, who is also holding the portfolio of youth services and sports, said, “we are happy and thankful to Anurag Thakur that he has supported the cause of Jammu cricketers and the sporting fraternity.”
“We are delighted to know that we will be hosting an IPL and International matches,” said Khan adding that it was the very purpose of having state of art cricket stadium.
“We are happy that with the help of Thakur, in 2020 we will surely host matches,” he said adding that MoU is already signed with the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association and after January 26, the process of stadium’s pending work will be expedited. “We are sure that Thakur will take up the matter with the BCCI and consideration for hosting International cricket match in Jammu,” said the Advisor.