When it hosts the second game of the India-New Zealand white-ball series on Saturday, this majestic Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Cricket Stadium in Raipur will become the 50th host stadium in India. This stadium’s inaugural international game will take place there, and it can hold an astonishing 49,000 spectators.
It was opened in 2008, making it the fourth-largest stadium in the world and the third-largest in India. Veer Narayan Singh Binjhwar, a landowner from Sonakhan who led the 1857 war for India’s freedom in Chhattisgarh, is honored by having the stadium bear his name.
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“It’s a proud moment for us, and we are geared up for it. There’s a tremendous craze for cricket here. This can be gauged by the fact that when we opened the ticket sales for this match at a ticketing platform, all the tickets were sold within 6 hours of us doing that. Still, people are queuing up outside the stadium, hoping to get tickets.
We’ve reserved around 4,000 seats for schoolchildren at a price of Rs 300 per ticket,” Mukul Tiwari, the secretary of Chhattisgarh State Cricket Sangh (Association), told TOI on Thursday.
“Our preparations for this match have been very good. We have a world-class stadium that can accommodate almost 50,000 spectators. The outfield is lush green and the pitch is sporting. Our aim is to bid to become one of the cities which stages one of the games of the ODI World Cup later this year, and we want to put up a grand show which will enable us to do that,” he added.
As the home of the Delhi Daredevils (now the Delhi Capitals), Raipur hosted two IPL games each in 2013 and 2015, and in 2014, it hosted eight games of the CLT20, which is no longer played. It has also been a well-liked location for a cricket tournament with seasoned players. However, hosting a foreign match places Chhattisgarh in the new league, and the regional organization wants to mark the event in a big way.
“This is one of the biggest sporting events of our state. We’ll have a laser show after the match, which will showcase the culture of Chhattisgarh. We’ve invited the presidents and secretaries of all the associations in India to watch the match. Jay Shah BCCI secretary) was supposed to be here as well, but he won’t be able to make it due to personal commitments,” informed Tiwari.
Indeed, it’s a significant advancement for an organization that only joined the BCCI as a full member in 2016. “The police department of Raipur too has been extremely supportive. We will have 1600 cops stationed at the stadium,” he concluded.