Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) President, Sourav Ganguly recently revealed that they are planning to build a new stadium which will be 10-15 minutes away from the historic Eden Gardens Stadium in Kolkata.
Meanwhile, Ganguly also revealed that the work to build the new stadium will start within a few months time.
Eden Gardens have always been the centre of attraction, however, this will help them to expand their youth development programmes.
“We are building a new stadium as well. Hopefully, I remain there to build it. I don’t know what’s going to happen. It will start work in about 6-7 months. And this stadium will be 10 minutes away from Eden Gardens,” Ganguly said to Cricbuzz.
The former India skipper Ganguly also revealed that it will have the maximum of 30,000 capacity.
Furthermore, it will also host Test fixtures. He also admitted that it will have schools and indoors and people will only play cricket over there.
However, the army owns the Eden Gardens ground and there are certain restrictions on it. And Sourav Ganguly, who enjoys his stint as a top-brass, focused on the development.
“We’ll build a stadium which is about 25-30 thousand (seating) capacity and maybe play Test cricket. But we want to make it a cricket centre for Bengal with all the facilities and indoor schools because the Eden Gardens is an Army ground so we are very restricted in what we do. It is better we put in money and build a new ground and let the players play cricket,” he added.
This is a very good initiative by CAB to maintain the balance of the number of games hosted at the Eden Gardens.
Well, with Eden hosting seven Indian Premier League (IPL) matches every year and a couple of One-day Internationals and Twenty20 Internationals almost every year, the main aim to build a new ground is to focus on the longest format and garner a genuine public for it.