Bhopal: With the Bhopal fast emerging as a major sports centre in the country, the city will soon boast of having an international level cricket stadium as announced by Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

"As per the announcement of the Chief Minister we have identified land at four places near Bhopal for the construction of the international level cricket stadium,"Bhopal Collector, Nikunj Shrivastava said.

"We have identified nearly 50 acre of land each at Mugalia Chaap, Mugalia Kot, Barkheda Nathu and Fatehpur Dogra villages for the construction of the stadium and a proposal in this regard has been sent to the Sports Directorate for selecting the suitable land at any of the above places," the Collector said.

"Once they identify the suitable land, the district administration will allot it to the concerned agency for the development of the international level cricket stadium," he said.

After India won the World Cup Cricket Tournament, Chouhan had announced to construct an international level cricket stadium in the state capital in memory of the Team India's historic victory, led by captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

At present international level cricket matches in the state are held at Indore and Gwalior.

Bhopal also boasts of having National Sailing School at the famous Upper Lake here where national level sailing and other water sports have become a regular feature.

Bhopal also has Sports Authority of India (SAI's) Uddhav Das Mehta Central Regional Centre at Gora Bishankhedi village spread in an area of 100 acre land.

The Centre has world class sports infrastructure and it hosts the conditioning camp for the national men and women hockey team of the country.

Bhopal is also known as the nursery of hockey in the country and the city regularly holds Obaidullah Khan Gold Cup Hockey Tournament.

The State's Sports Director, Sanjay Choudhry said that keeping in mind the state's sports potential, the State Government has raised the sports budget to Rs 32 crore which is Rs six crore more than the previous year.

Not only Bhopal, but Indore and Gwalior too have emerged as a major sports centre in the state.

Indore not only hosts international level cricket tournaments, but also national and international level tennis, basketball, table tennis and shooting championships.

The city also has world class sports infrastructure Abhay Prashal for Table Tennis, Basketball Complex, Indore Tennis Club, Yeshwant Club for Billiards and Snooker, Holkar Cricket Stadium and BSF's elite Reoti Range for shooting.

Gwalior also has major sports facilities which included Captain Roop Singh Stadium for cricket matches and Laxmibai National University of Physical Education.

(Agencies)