Sourav Ganguly has been doing wonders as BCCI president. The former India captain took charge of the board in October and has been working tirelessly since then. He has already made Team India play the day-night Test after their long resistance to it. While the first day-night Test was played way back in 2015, Team India did not look too keen to play it.
But last month, the Virat Kohli-led side finally made its bow in day-night Tests, taking on Bangladesh in the historic game at the Eden Gardens. It was a debut to remember for Team India as they thrashed the visitors by an innings to clinch the series. Ganguly has also confirmed that the first-class players will get contracts and the state associations have already started working on it.
Asia XI vs World XI to be played in Ahmedabad:
Just days after the success of day-night Test, Sourav Ganguly has confirmed another bumper game for the fans. The legendary cricketer, on Sunday, confirmed that the fans would watch an exhibition game between Asia XI and World XI at the new Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad in March.
The new stadium is built at cost of Rs 700 crores is set to become the biggest cricket stadium in the world with a capacity of 1.10 lakh. The Stadium will be ready in March and the idea of the exhibition match has been flouted as its inaugural match.
“There will be Asia XI vs World XI game but it will be subject to ICC’s approval,” Ganguly told The Indian Express. Ganguly also said would seek ICC’s approval for the opening game in the coming days.
The Sardar Patel Stadium, meanwhile, will replace Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) as the largest cricket stadium in the world. The previous stadium was demolished in order to create a theatre-like stadium with a seating capacity more than that of the MCG. Australian company Populous, who are also the architect of the MCG, are the principal architect of the Sardar Patel Stadium too.