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#TrendingToday: World's largest cricket stadium to be inaugurated at Ahmedabad in March


NP1550 02/12/2019 10:51 AM
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New Delhi. The largest cricket stadium of the world with a strength to host 1.10 lakh fans is all ready at Ahmedabad, to host its first match next March. An exhibition game between Asia XI and World XI could be the inaugural game, provided the International Cricket Council (ICC) agrees to Indian cricket board’s request. The new Sardar Patel stadium has been built after demolishing the old structure at Motera. The stadium costed Rs 700 crores and can seat more fans than Australia’s Melbourne Cricket Ground, which has capacity of just over a lakh. 

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Jay Shah, the current secretary of the BCCI and the son of Union Home Minister Amit Shah has been talking up the stadium as the contrivance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Meanwhile, the PM is expected to be at the inauguration of the new stadium. Since he has now received confirmation from the Gujarat Cricket Association of the stadium’s readiness, Sourav Ganguly, BCCI’s President, said he will seek ICC’s approval for the opening game in March. "There will be Asia XI vs World XI game but it will be subject to ICC’s approval," affirmed Ganguly to the media sources, post BCCI’s annual general body meet held in Mumbai on Sunday. 

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The Board and the GCA intends the presence of world's stalwart under a single roof. The stadium at Motera will more than double the capacity of the old structure that hosted 54,000 spectators. It will be spread over 63 acres, with a clubhouse that will feature at least 50 rooms and an Olympic-size swimming pool and 73 corporate boxes. It will also have an indoor cricket academy and three practice grounds for the players. The stadium’s construction began in January 2017. The venue is close to the metro station, a distance of just 300 metres. The structure is also reputed be earthquake-proof and will have LED lights instead of normal floodlights as seen in other stadiums. 

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