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Largest stadium to stage Asia XI-World XI match

IANS/Ahmedabad
Filed on December 4, 2019
The stadium is expected to be ready by early next year (AFP file)

The Asia XI and World XI game could be played in March next year

A new-look Sardar Patel Cricket Stadium in Motera, Ahmedabad, could stage a high-profile exhibition match between Asia XI and World XI next year. The refurbished stadium is set to become the largest in the world with a capacity of around 1,10,000.

According to a report in The Indian Express, the stadium is expected to be ready by early next year and the BCCI is planning a grand inauguration.

The Asia XI and World XI game could be played in March next year if the International Cricket Council gives its approval.

The Asia XI-World XI matches have been conceived by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) to mark the birth centenary of the country's first Prime Minister Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

The plan is to have three T20Is between the two teams, with the first two in Dhaka and the third at Motera.

The stadium last hosted an international match in 2014 when India faced Sri Lanka in an ODI.

Legendary Indian opener Sunil Gavaskar became the first player in history to score 10,000 Test runs at the Sardar Patel Cricket Stadium in 1987. Iconic Indian all-rounder Kapil Dev also broke Richard Hadlee's record of 431 Test wickets on the same ground in 1994.

The Melbourne Cricket Ground is currently the biggest cricket stadium in the world with a capacity of 90,000. 

 


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