Chandigarh, May 15 (PTI) The Punjab Cricket Association is developing a second international cricket stadium to add to the I S Bindra PCA ground in Mohali. The facility is being developed in Mullanpur near Mohali and the PCA claims that it might even host its first international match in 2020. The I S Bindra PCA Stadium was built in 1992 and is a Test center. In the year 2011, PCAs Executive Committee had met under the Chairmanship of its then President I S Bindra and decided to build a modern cricket stadium at Mullanpur, which will be three times bigger than the existing one. “We had acquired nearly 40 acres of free hold land at Mullanpur in the demarcated Sports and leisure area, which is having wide roads and very good connectivity from Chandigarh and even from various places in Punjab. “The new stadium at Mullanpur, also called New Chandigarh, is going to be ready in next three years or even before that,” PCAs Chief Executive Officer, Brigadier G S Sandhu (retd) told reporters today at the site where the new stadium is coming up. The new stadia will also have a state-of-the-art cricket academy which would attract trainees from associate and affiliated members of the ICC, said PCAs Chief Operating Officer, Deepak Sharma. At the site of the new stadium, which will be built in two phases, work is going on in full swing and the boundary wall has already come up. The total cost for building the first phase of the stadium, which is coming up in Togan and Tira villages, is approximately Rs 150 crore, Honorary Project Director of the Mullanpur stadium project, B K Bassi said. As against Mohali stadiums seating capacity of nearly 27,000, the Mullanpur facility would be able to accommodate 38,000 spectators, Bassi said. PTI SUN PM PMadvertisement
West Indies coach Stuart Law said that he his happy about the fact that his team’s batsmen have fared well so far in the ODI series and have been able to “manufacture” changes in the Indian squad for the next three ODIs.India had included Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav and Khaleel Ahmed for the first two ODIs but the selectors brought back Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah for the last three games while Shami was dropped.The Indian bowlers have conceded 320 plus scores on both ODIs in batting friendly conditions with both Umesh and Shami failing to impress and Law believes that his batsmen have done enough to force India bring back their best bowlers.”Yeah I would like to think so (on their comeback). That’s probably the reason why they’ve (India) called back their two most experienced one-day bowlers. To our credit, we haven’t shied away from it,” Law said on the eve of the third ODI.Also read – Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar back for last 3 ODIs vs West Indies, Shami left outThe 50-year-old Australian added that overall he is pleased with his team’s performance so far in the series as the Indians haven’t had a free run at them like the Test series.”So yeah, hopefully we are getting the Indians to ask questions to themselves. They are giving us plenty of questions to ask ourselves but at this stage, we are coming up with pretty good answers,” added Law.Team India Virat Kohli however, has been a thorn in their flesh and scored two centuries in two matches but Law is expecting the Indian captain to falter.advertisement”How do you get Virat out? He gave us chance at 40. He is a wonderful player. I just love the way he goes about compiling an innings. Looks like he is working very hard but he’s doing it very easy. So we do have plans to him.”At the moment, he is coming up a lot of good answers, so we have to just keep asking questions about his technique and his abilities. In the end, he is only human. But when we get an opportunity, we have got to grab hold of it,” Law said.Also read – Was difficult to bowl to Shimron Hetmyer, says Kuldeep YadavThe coach also heaped praise on Shimron Hetmyer, who has been bulldozing the Indian bowlers, especially the spinners.Law also heaped praise on 21-year-old Shimron Hetmyer, who has been India’s wrecker-in-chief so far in the series.”Hetmyer has been outstanding. (Shai) Hope got a hundred in the second game, all in all for an inexperienced side, that we have, they can hold their heads very high,” said Law.The third ODI will be played at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune on Saturday.