The National Cricket Academy chairman Niranjan Shah said that BCCI wanted to set up cricket academy in Bengaluru, and it would be shifted to some other state only if the Karnataka Government could not provide the land by June 30, 2016.
"BCCI always has been keen on having academy set up in Bengaluru as the weather in Bengaluru is favourable all through the year and that suits all sports and training," Shah said in a press release issued by the Saurashtra Cricket Association (SCA). On May 29, an NCA board meeting was held in Bengaluru where the NCA indicated shifting of the academy from Bengaluru as the Karnataka Government had not taken decision on the BCCI's demand for land. "It has been decided that the secretary (Ajay Shirke) will write to all state associations and if any of them can get us 30 to 40 acres land with necessary permission from the state government, there is a good chance of NCA being shifted there," Shah had said after the NCA meeting. "NCA can remain in Bengaluru if Karnataka Government provides land by June 30, 2016," Shah was quoted as saying in the release issued today.
Shah also welcomed the Karnataka Government's recent action. "It's a positive sign that the state government is coming forward to allot land for the academy after making academy wait for more than six years"