The National Cricket Academy chairman Niranjan Shah today said BCCI is very keen to set up the academy in Bangalore and it would be shifted to some other state only if the Karnataka Government could not provide the land by June 30, 2016.

A few months back, the NCA board was contemplating shifting the academy to Pune or Dharamsala. But Shah said that Bengaluru remains the preferred city because of weather and other factors.

“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) here today.

The NCA meeting on May 29, chaired by Niranjan Shah, discussed the idea of shifting the academy from Bengaluru as the Karnataka Government had not taken decision on the BCCI’s demand for land.

Bangalore’s Chinnaswamy stadium has been the home to the academy since its establishment in the city in 2000. Previously in 2010, BCCI purchased 49 acres of land from Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Board (KIADB) for Rs 50 crore. But the High Court called it illegal after a string of public interest litigations in 2013.

“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,” Shah added.

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