ICC shares a sneak peek into the world’s largest cricket stadium in India — set to open in two months
- India is all set to inaugurate, Sardar Patel Gujarat Stadium in
Motera, Ahmedabad in two months.
- The International
CricketCouncil on Saturday posted a picture of the stadium on social media.
- The cricket stadium will host national and international cricket matches and also help build an indoor cricket academy.
A glimpse of Motera Cricket Stadium under construction in Ahmedabad When complete, it will be the largest in the… https://t.co/KRhT7fD6vr— ICC (@ICC) 1579313881000
The exhibition match between Asia XI and World XI in March 2020 is likely to be the first match played in the stadium. The cricket stadium will not only be utilised for national and international cricket matches but will also constitute an indoor cricket academy.
According to Populous, the company designing the stadium, “A community academy will be housed under the podium in the stadium, with a dormitory for up to 40 athletes, allowing students from across India and the globe to attend. The academy also has access to six indoor practice pitches and three outdoor practice fields,”
Three pitches and a way to soak rain during matches
Apart from being the world’s largest, the stadium will consist of three different kinds of pitches — from bouncy, spin friendly, or a mix of both — to suit the need of fast bowlers and spinners.
“Some pitches will be prepared with red soil, while some will be with black soil and some may have a mix of both. There will be bouncy as well as spin-friendly pitches along with sporting pitches based on the requirement,” Dhanraj Nathwani, vice president of GCA told the Indian Express.
Moreover, it will have advanced drainage facilities that will flush out rain water in 30 minutes. It means fewer matches will be stalled due to rain.
“We have planned a sub-surface drainage system in such a way that the entire ground will dry within 30 minutes after the rain stops. It will help us reduce the chances of cancellation of matches due to rain,” Nathwani added
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