Mumbai, November 2: Sourav Ganguly has been on over-drive since taking over as the BCCI president in October. He was the mastermind behind India's first-ever Day-Night Test against Bangladesh at the Eden Gardens a couple of weeks ago.
Now, the former Indian captain could bring another masterstroke - an Asia XI vs World XI match to open the Sardar Patel stadium, touted to be the largest cricket stadium in the world. Ganguly wants to host the match in March ahead of the IPL 2020 that could be another landmark in his administrative career.
Ganguly was quoted as saying by the Indian Express that the BCCI was waiting for the approval from ICC to go ahead with the preparations for the match.
The new-look Motera will have a seating capacity of 1.16 lakh, a few thousands more than the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Australia. Eden Gardens in Kolkata too had boasted of a seating capacity over a lakh but has come down to a little over 80000 after the renovation work ahead of the ICC World Cup in 2011.
Main points about Sardar Patel stadium
1. The project which is estimated to cost Rs 700 crore is being constructed by Larson and Toubro (L&T). It has been designed by M/s Populace a renowned architecting firm which has also designed the MCG.
2. The Motera stadium in its new life will be spread over 63 acres and will have a club house with over 50 rooms, 76 corporate boxes, four dressing rooms, three practice grounds, an indoor cricket training academy, an Olympic size swimming pool, a parking area that can accommodate about 3,000 four wheelers and over 10,000 two-wheelers.
3. The project has been a brainchild of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was once seated as the President of Gujarat Cricket Association, and has full support of Home Minister Amit Shah.
4. In order to utilise sustainable power at all levels, a solar power plant is under construction in the stadium premises. Lubi Solar, which is a division of Lubi Electronics, will be responsible for the supply and commissioning of this rooftop solar power plant.
5. The GCA official said once completed the stadium will be a sight to behold and would host some crucial matches in future including some of the ICC 50-over World Cup 2023 ties.