In an unwelcome news for the Indian cricket fans BCCI has refused to organise the World XI vs Asia XI match. The marquee clash was supposed to be take place in the newly renewed Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad. But for everyone’s disappointment the stadium is not yet match ready for the clash in the upcoming month of March.
Sardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad which was previously known as Motera stadium was expected to host the promotional game between World XI and Asia XI. The high profile clash was scheduled to take place on 22 March 2020.
FYI, the previous stadium at Motera, which had the capacity of 54,000 was demolished in order to accommodate the new stadium. 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.
The series between the World XI and Asia XI was supposed to be co-hosted by India and Bangladesh. But due to the unavailability of stadium it looks like Bangladesh Cricket board will organise both the matches to mark the 100th birth anniversary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
In a recent media interaction, BCB CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury quipped that the construction of the Sardar Patel stadium will take time to complete and now Bangladesh will host both the matches on 18 and 22 March respectively.
“A match was expected to be played in India as they were expected to inaugurate a big stadium but now, they [BCCI] are not ready to do it and both matches will be hosted here,” Chowdhury quipped.
BCB has been trying to make the occasion as grand as possible to mark the birth anniversary of their father of the nation. According to Chowdhury BCB has also invited ICC dignitaries along with every legend of the game that is available to take part in the ceremony.
“We are open to inviting everyone. We will definitely invite the high-ups of the cricket world, dignitaries who are in the ICC and other important positions. Also, we will try to bring cricketing legends of different eras. We will try to make all the necessary measurements to make the event colourful.
“We are communicating with almost everyone. As I said, we are contacting every player in our list. There are a few complications that we need to work on. There are some cases where there is a series starting during or right after the event. In those cases, we are working on how we can ensure their participation,” Chowdhury said.