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India to gift Maldives a cricket stadium

Indian PM Narendra Modi, in occasion of his visit to Maldives, said India will help promote cricket in the island nation.

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India to gift Maldives a cricket stadium
Indian PM Modi gifted a cricket bat signed by Indian team to PM of Maldives. Photo: Twitter

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in occasion of his visit to Maldives after being re-elected as Prime Minister, said India will help promote cricket in the island nation.

After finishing bilateral talks, Modi gifted a cricket bat to Solih signed by the Indian cricket team.

“Connected by cricket! My friend, President Solih is an ardent cricket fan, so I presented him a cricket bat that has been signed by Team India playing at the CWC2019,” Modi twitted.

Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale briefed that the Ministry of External Affairs is working with the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) to train Maldivian cricketers in order to develop the sport in the country.

“One of the focus in our ties with the Maldives is on people-to-people relationship and in looking at ways to strengthen it…

Among the requests, which are under examination, is a cricket stadium in the Maldives. We expect to build it under the line of credit that we plan to give,” Gokhale told Indian media.

“These are the first foreign visits that the Prime Minister is undertaking after the general elections and the choice of two neighboring countries the Maldives and Sri Lanka underlines the continuous emphasis the government lays on the ‘Neighborhood First’ policy,” he said.

Solih attended an IPL match in Bengaluru last April and lately expressed his keen interest to develop a cricket team in his own country and asked for India’s assistance.

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