Former India cricket captain and national coach Anil Kumble on Tuesday said Col. C.K. Nayudu had laid the foundation for Indian cricket and his legacy still continued. He unveiled the statue of India’s first Test captain (1932-34) on Wild Forest Road here on Tuesday.
Addressing the gathering, Mr. Kumble said he was delighted to have been given the opportunity to unveil the statue. “We are indebted to Nayudu for his contribution to Indian cricket. The statue will serve as an inspiration to youngsters and children to take up not only cricket but all other sports,” he said.
On the Andhra Pradesh State government’s initiatives, Mr. Kumble said Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu had taken steps to ensure access to sports and training for each child from rural areas to be nurtured professionally.
Referring to the Machilipatnam Sports Complex, for which he laid the foundation stone on a 13-acre campus at Goshala, he hoped that “some day, someone from this ground (Machilipatnam) will bring laurels to Indian sports.”
In an interaction with Mr. Kumble, Machilipatnam Cricket Association (MCA) founder secretary Ayyagari Subba Rao and founder of the Krishna District Cricket Association Srimanth Prasad explained the contributions of Nayudu, and introduction of the Col. C.K. Nayudu memorial tournament in 1973 by the MCA. Mr. Kumble felicitated Mr. Subba Rao in the presence of Superintendent of Police Sarvasresth Tripathy.
Kollu unveils plans
Addressing the gathering, Sports Minister Kollu Ravindra said Rs. 15 crore would be spent for developing the sports complex at Goshala and the mini stadium near the statue.
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