Not Once But Five Times
by G VISWANATH
MUMBAI, Oct 3 (The CONNECT) – In a short span of a little over two and a half years, the Narendra Modi (NaMo) Stadium has become most relevant to Indian cricket.
Willy-nilly, the member units of the BCCI have accepted the change in power centre in the last four years and thereby Ahmedabad has been favoured for many international matches. Renamed in February 2021 as Narendra Modi Stadium inside the Sardar Patel Sports Complex, with the third Test match against Joe Root’s England, the most talked about venue with a capacity to seat exceeding one lakh spectators will stage the final of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup on November 19.
The NaMo Stadium will also stage four round-robin league matches including the inaugural one between the 2019 winner England and runner-up, New Zealand coming Thursday (Oct 5).
The NaMo will also be the venue for the marquee ‘Ashes’ Derby between England and Australia, but NaMo’s biggest match of Titanic proportions will be India-Pakistan on October 14 when the State will be in the midst of Navratri festivities.
India would have played against Australia in Chennai and Afghanistan in New Delhi before arriving in Ahmedabad for the third of the nine league matches.
The news heard on the grapevine is that the fanatics supporting the men in blue are ready to shell out a couple of lakhs of rupees for a single day’s spectacle; all at the NaMo stadium. (By arrangement with www.shortpost.in)