Sourav Ganguly, the former Indian captain and the current president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, returned to Sharjah Cricket Stadium to take stock of the preparations for the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League.
Sharjah is one of three venues where the 13th edition of the cash-rich IPL will be played, the other two being Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Ganguly had landed in Dubai on September 09, following which he completed the mandatory six-day quarantine before heading to Sharjah.
The current BCCI chief was accompanied by IPL chairman Brijesh Patel and Chief Operating Officer Hemang Amin. Sourav Ganguly took to his official social media account to post pictures of his visit to the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. The former Indian captain is likely to travel to the other two venues in Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the upcoming days, as reported by Gulf News.
Sourav Ganguly has a plethora of good memories of his playing days in Sharjah
Sharjah was a major hub of One-day International cricket with the Indian team regularly visiting the Emirates city to participate in triangular and quadrangular tournaments. The former Indian skipper has 700 runs to his name at the venue, which includes five half-centuries and one hundred.
Sharjah Cricket Stadium has undergone a revamp recently which includes setting up of new canopies, an upgraded royal suite, commentary box, and VIP hospitality boxes in accordance with the Covid-related protocols.
Sourav Ganguly added that youngsters would be eager to play at a venue where the likes of Sunil Gavaskar and Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar have had plenty of memorable outings.
Sharjah Cricket Stadium will host a total of 12 matches in IPL 2020.