Guwahati: The Assam Cricket Association (ACA) now has significant infrastructure in its repertoire, including a state-of-the-art fitness center, banquet and grass court and, more importantly, an indoor practice arena to ensure that the elements of nature do not get in the way of professional cricket training during monsoon season.
Assam Prime Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma On Wednesday, the Assam Cricket Association (ACA) Fitness Center, ACA Banquet and Lawn and ACA Indoor Practice Arena were inaugurated, while marking the occasion as momentous for the state cricket club and cricket landscape.
Emphasizing the importance of fitness in the sport, Sarma said the newly developed state-of-the-art ACA fitness center would play a vital role in enhancing the performance of the state’s professional cricketers by improving their overall physical fitness.
The Prime Minister also praised the various cricket infrastructure projects being carried out by the Assam Cricket Association in different parts of the state.
“It is now important to intensify the sports activities in those places so that the novice cricketers can come forward by showing their skills,” he said.
At the same time, Sarma also spoke about the ACA indoor practice arena, and the purpose it would serve to enable the cricketers to practice even during the monsoon season.
On the occasion and in the presence of numerous dignitaries, the Prime Minister also laid the foundation stone of the ACA parking and commercial complex.
At the event, Sarma, former president of Assam Cricket Association handed over a check of Rs 5 lakh to Debolal Gorlosa, the chief executive member, North Cachar Hills Autonomous Council, for the people of North Cachar Hills affected by the vagaries of nature recently.
ACA Secretary Devajit Saikia said in his welcome address that the ACA Fitness Center would fill a long-standing vacuum and strengthen existing infrastructure at ACA Stadium in Barsapara.
Speaking about the ACA Covered Practice Arena, he said it would help players continue their training unabated despite unfriendly weather conditions.
At the same time, Saikia expressed her gratitude to the Assam government for allocating 11 bighas of land adjacent to the ACA Stadium, Barsapara, and said the proposed ACA Parking and Commercial Complex there would be instrumental in making ACA financially self-sufficient to some extent.
Saikia added that the ACA Banquet and Lawn would serve the same purpose of not making the Assam Cricket Association dependent solely on BCCI’s funds.
Addressing the meeting, NCHAC chief executive member Gorlosa thanked ACA for its warm gesture of support and solidarity towards the people in his region who have been battered by natural disasters.
He also praised the ambitious and challenging initiative of the current top council of Assam Cricket Association to develop a new cricket ground, along with a pavilion and all modern facilities in Umrangso, in addition to expanding and upgrading the existing cricket facilities in Haflong.
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