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Ludhiana Cricket Scenario

This Ludhiana city has produced many cricketers like Yash Pal Sharma, Chaman Lal, Bharti Vij, Satish Mangal, Girdhari Lal Joshi, Dharam Raj (senior and junior), Vinod Sharma, Rakesh Mehra, Dharmveer, Shyam Lal and many others. But Ludhiana is lacking proper infrastructure for the game, as there is no cricket stadium in the town.

All the players who represent the district & the other enrolled by the Ludhiana District Cricket Association (LDCA) have to practice at the Arya College ground because there is no cricket stadium in this industrial town. The other cites like Jalandhar, Patiala, Mohali and Amritsar are having a cricket stadium. Ludhiana is the largest, most populated city of the state with the maximum number of cricket players and sports lovers. But the government appears to be ignorant about the promotion of the game in the city.

Initially for Ludhiana cricket players, city had a permanent Rakh Bagh grounds where all the matches were played, including Ranji matches. But the Rakh Bagh cricket grounds were shifted to the Guru Nanak Stadium. Later on it became a permanent venue for other games and the authorities never kept their promise that they will provide a full-fledged cricket stadium. There was a time when people came to Ludhiana to participate in different tournaments on weekends. Even teams from Haryana and Delhi were regular in weekend fixtures and players like Mohinder Amarnath, Surinder Amarnath, Kapil Dev, Ashok Malhotra, Navjot Sidhu, Vijay Mehra, Chaman Lal and Yash Pal Sharma were groomed here playing at Ludhiana cricket grounds. Now Ludhiana itself got hundreds of cricket players in the city but no cricket stadium.

All the cricket lovers are of the view that the city must have a full-fledged cricket stadium so that talent could be groomed properly. Newly elected Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal should give the land to build this stadium so that Ludhiana players do not have to suffer due to lack of infrastructure.