Shillong, Dec 17: The BCCI today announced the release of a Request for Proposal for the construction of indoor cricket training facilities in Meghalaya and five other North East states and annual maintenance contracts through tender.

It was in 2018 that former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly, who was then the BCCI Technical Committee Chairman, unveiled the foundation stone of an indoor practice facility and gymnasium here at Polo Ground.

However, the venture was severely delayed due to the arrival of the Covid-19 pandemic but it is now likely to be completed by the end of 2023, Meghalaya Cricket Association President Naba Bhattacharjee said today after speaking with the BCCI Honorary Secretary, Jay Shah.

The other five states where such facilities will be built are Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland and Sikkim.

Although several new practice nets have been set up by the MCA in Shillong and throughout Meghalaya in recent years, an indoor facility would be a great boon to cricketers in one of the wettest places in the world. The plans for all six centres are the same – four or five practice pitches, a state-of-the-art swimming pool, gymnasium, office area, etc over a built-up area of around 1,500 square metres.

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