It looks like things have finally started to speed up after Sourav Ganguly has taken charge as the president of Board of Control for Cricket in India(BCCI). Just days after historically hosting India’s first ever day-night International test match between India and Bangladesh at Eden Gardens, Ganguly has come up with one more wonderful news for cricket fans.
Sardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad which was previously known as Motera stadium will host a promotional game between World XI and Asia XI. The high profile clash is supposed to take place in March 2020.
The Match will not only promote cricket but also serve as the inaugural (Exhibition) match for New Sardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad.
FYI, the stadium has been completely renovated by Australian Company Populus which was the chief constructor of then largest cricket stadium, Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
The renovation cost of the stadium is around 700 cr. INR and has a sitting capacity of 1.10 Lakh people, it is now the world’s largest cricket stadium, previously it was Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) with a sitting capacity of 1,00,024.
Ganguly said on Sunday that, “There will be Asia XI vs World XI game but it will be subject to ICC’s approval,”
The previous stadium at Motera, which had the capacity of 54,000 was demolished in order to accommodate the new stadium. Motera stadium which was built in 1982 holds the honour of hosting the first ever one Day international match played in India.
The new stadium is Built across 64 acres, the Sardar Patel Stadium will boast many distinctive features. The stadium will comprise two academy grounds apart from the main ground and will also have indoor practice facilities. It will also consist of training centres and 55-room clubhouse, Olympic size swimming pool and other sports recreational activities including a 3-D projector theatre.