GUWAHATI, Nov 4 – It was indeed a historic day for Assam sports as the ground of Assam Cricket Association’s (ACA) newly built stadium at Barsasapa here was formally inaugurated by State PHE Minister Gautom Roy, who is also the president of ACA.
In a brief function prior to the Assam-Odisha East Zone Senior Women Inter State One-day Championship match, in presence of State Sports Minister Ajit Singh, ACA secretary Bikash Baruah along with a host of ACA officials and former players and former MLA Ramen Kalita, Roy inaugurated the ground. Monikha Das of Assam became the first bowler to bowl on the wicket in a official BCCI match.
Gautom Roy later said that the stadium will be inaugurated by Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi when it will be completed.
Welcoming the gathering, ACA secretary Bikash Baruah hoped that within a year they will be able to host IPL and international matches in the stadium.
The foundation stone of the stadium was laid by Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on June 6, 2004 and he again laid the foundation stone of the club house and stand of the stadium on July 19, 2007 in presence of then BCCI secretary Niranjan Shah.
An area of 59 bighas of land was allotted to ACA by the State Government and after clearing a portion from encroachers, ACA started construction in the year 2006. Finally, today the ACA was been able to host an official match in the stadium which was initially a dumping ground.
ACA officials hoped that within one year they will be able to complete the remaining work of the stadium which will be of an international standard.