Naming Sec 16 stadium after Kapil Dev: Chandigarh Administration turned down DP Azad's 2007 proposal

Naming Sec 16 stadium after Kapil Dev: Chandigarh Administration turned down DP Azad's 2007 proposal

Tribune News Service

Deepankar Sharda

Chandigarh, August 4

Way before the Union Territory Cricket Association (UTCA), Chandigarh, got the BCCI’s affiliation, it was Desh Prem Azad, nation’s first cricket coach to be conferred with the Dronacharya Award, who had approached the UT Administration to name the Sector 16 cricket after India’s first 1983 cricket World Cup winning captain Kapil Dev.

While the UTCA got the BCCI’s provisional affiliation in 2019, it was in 2007 when Azad had approached the UT Administration for naming the Sector 16 cricket stadium after Dev, who learned the initial lessons of cricket under the supervision of Azad.

However, the then finance secretary SK Sandhu had turned down the proposal by citing policy matters. As per the media reports of 2007, the UT Administration mentioned to have a policy to not to name anything after anyone within the ‘grid sectors’.

The former cricket coach, who remained posted at the Sector 16 cricket stadium for over three decades, had also demanded to dedicate pavilions or stands after the names of other international cricketers from Chandigarh and also stood firm on naming the media centre at the Sector 16 cricket stadium after late sports journalist Samuel Banerjee. As per news clippings, Azad had also mentioned the announcement made by the then Union Minister in the Congress Government (1994) Arjun Singh, who reportedly announced to name the Sector 16 cricket stadium after Dev, who emerged as the highest wicket taker in Test cricket.

On Wednesday, the UTCA had submitted a memorandum to the UT Administrator proposing to name the government-owned Sector 16 cricket stadium after Dev. Despites having collaboration with private grounds, the UTCA is keen to name the Sector 16 stadium after Kapil Dev.

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