Budding cricketers in Thane have nowhere to play, as the popular Dadoji Konddev stadium has been shut since the monsoon. However, in an irony of sorts, the stadium was given out for an advertising film shoot featuring Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni yesterday.
According to coaches of clubs that use the stadium, practice at the ground has stopped since the monsoon began and players have not been allowed to make use of the facility even now, despite the rains having receded a month ago. Coaches and players said the ground is being primarily used as a venue for gatherings like award functions and music concerts.
On Wednesday, the ground was home to an ad shoot featuring Dhoni. Kiran Salgaonkar, a coach at one of the clubs that use the stadium, said, "Usually, every year, the authorities allow practice sessions to resume after Dussehra (which was on October 4 this year). However, budding cricketers are not being permitted to use the ground even now.