Tral Cricket stadium craves for government attention

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February 24, 2017 CITY 339 Views

The sole cricket stadium at Bajwani, Tral in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district is lying in dilapidated condition, with government doing least to repair it for sports lovers.
As per Brighter Kashmir Correspondent, the existing stadium has irregular surface on the turf and also lacks proper sitting arrangements.
Moreover, there is no proper fencing around the stadium and no dressing room constructed for the players.
The players complained that they are facing troubles while playing due to the presence of numerous trees within the stadium.
“Due to the presence of trees in the middle of the stadium which sometimes leads injuries to the players and disturbance to the games,” said a Cricketer Zahid Wani from Tral while talking to Brighter Kashmir.
“There is no dressing room for the players and there are mulberry trees, which is posing trouble to fielders . When it rains, we are not able to play for five to six days. We all want renovation of the stadium.”
The dilapidated condition of the ground, local cricketers say, is a major hindrance for themselves as quality professional sportsmen.
“We always come to this stadium to practice and hone our skills but the condition of the play field is so bad that we face the danger of injuring ourselves in this dilapidated stadium , said a group of local youth.
“We approached the concerned authorities several times and urged them to repair and renovate the playfield. We too want to make it big but owing to the lack of proper infrastructure our efforts always go waste. Besides, persistent attempts of bringing the matter into the notice of the authorities proved futile ,” said the cricketers.
Due to the callousness by the government, many skillful and talented cricketers are now lacking interest in this game .“The Tral should have separate sports fields for football, cricket, Basket ball and other indoor games. It is dangerous even to walk through the playground as it is full of potholes and filth while parts of it often remain submerged in rain-water. Foul smell makes the ambience stinky and we hardly can concentrate on the game.”, they lamented.
According to locals, the repairing work on the stadium has been initiated so many times in order to make it worth playing “but the work remained incomplete all the time.”
“The work on the stadium started so many times but due to some unknown reasons, authorities always stopped the work on it and the situation of stadium remains constant till now “, a cricketer from Tral said.
The players while talking to Brighter Kashmir urged the authorities to improve the condition of the ground on immediate basis.

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