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Cricket Fiji gets own ground

Good news for local cricketers. They have a new playing ground which they can call their own instead of being bulldozed around by other sports because of lack of playing
13 Mar 2014 14:50

Good news for local cricketers. They have a new playing ground which they can call their own instead of being bulldozed around by other sports because of lack of playing venues.
Cricket Fiji has secured a ground which will host all their local competition, especially in Suva and also likely to be the venue of their local annual highlights starting with the Easter Tournament.
The ground has been leased to them by the Fiji Sports Council and Cricket Fiji is happy to have their own ground which will house their headquarters also.
Cricket Fiji general manager Inoke Lesuma said the availability of the ground throughout the year would help promote and develop the sport here.
“It is an unprecedented development for cricketers in Fiji to have access to their own facility for 12 months of the year,” Lesuma said.
“I can’t stress enough what it will mean for our players to have access to a facility every week for 12 months of the year. We will be in walking distance from the national gymnasium and all other facilities in the sporting precinct, which aligns well with our aim for our high performance programme.
“Having access to a ground year round with international-standard changing room facilities, full-time groundsmen and 24/7 security, will help us in luring international teams to tour here.”
The ground is behind the ANZ Stadium and adjacent to the National Hockey Centre and Bidesi Park.
It is leased by Cricket Fiji from the Fiji Sports Council, along with the vacant property adjacent to the ground, which will serve as Cricket Fiji’s new headquarters.
Lesuma said the ground should be ready for use by the end of the month. It hosts the Easter Tournament alongside Albert Park.
Lesuma will sign the Memorandum of Understanding and Memorandum of Agreement with the Council before the end of the week.
Meanwhile, Cricket Fiji’s High Performance manager Joe Rika is pleased with the results of their Junior High Performance (JHP) programme.
Twenty young cricketers, aged between 14 and 19, were selected to take part in specific skills training sessions for about nine months.




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