The Ghana Cricket Association (GCA) in the quest of improving the playing standard of the game in Ghana, is constructing an improved practice net at the Achimota Cricket Oval, to replace the existing one which was 2-bay.
The now ‘3-bay Practice Net’ which is sponsored by Ghana Gas, is expected to be completed in a month’s time as it started on August 21, 2020.
The New practice nets, has its concrete base lifted above ground level. Other benefits the New Nets will offer include: flood lights for night practice; grass around the concrete to prevent the balls from getting worn out; roofing the top to keep the balls within; and the use of Green nylon nets to prevent balls from bouncing back to batsmen during practice.
It will have a length of 40feet by 45feet width and 12feet height nets covering area with 6ft each pitch area. There will also be green grass covering a large area outside the Nets about 55ft.
Speaking to TalksenseSports, Emmanuel Asare, President of the GCA reveals his intention to construct another Practice net on the campus of the University of Ghana, Legon, to motivate the growing of the sport there.
“Yes, the construction of the Nets is ongoing. I was thinking about doing it 4 but we’ll do 1 at University of Ghana, so that If we can then get a proper MOU with the University, it will help us to grow the game better. Because if they have that infrastructure, it will help us a lot. We got funding from Ghana Gas and want to channel all into the construction of the Nets.”
The New 3-bay practice net is being constructed by one of the Senior national Team players, Samson Awe, who has expertise in construction, having worked with Real Estate Agencies who built apartments.
Samson is being supported by Moses Anafie, Coach and team player Obed Harvey, and Coach Rajinder Pasad Sharma.
It is obvious, that development of sports cannot be complete without the availability of Infrastructure and thus, the practice Nets construction is a great step by the Ghana Cricket Association.