On the far west of India, in the city of Ahmedabad, the world’s largest cricket stadium is under construction.
The new Sardar Patel stadium, built at a cost of $100 million, will be spread over 63 acres, with a clubhouse that includes 50 rooms and an Olympic-size swimming pool and 73 corporate boxes.
Building began on the stadium in January 2017 and it will house an indoor cricket academy and three practice grounds.
Once completed, it is estimated that this venue would have a capacity to host 110,000 fans and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) hopes that the stadium would be ready to host its first match by March 2020.
The BCCI also has plans to host an exhibition match between Asia XI and World XI as the inaugural game at the stadium if the International Cricket Council (ICC) gives the go-ahead for such a match.
After receiving confirmation from the Gujarat Cricket Association on the progress of the stadium’s construction, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has stated that 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,” Ganguly confirmed to The Indian Express after BCCI’s annual general body meeting held in Mumbai on Sunday.
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