India will not be hosting a Asia XI vs World XI matche this year
Cricketing fans across the country suffered a major blow recently when BCCI President Sourav Ganguly announced that they had decided against hosting the much-awaited match between Asia XI and World XI at Ahmedabad (h/t Times Now).
The game was set to be held at the Sardar Patel Stadium, or more popularly known as the Motera Stadium in March.
However, the stadium, which is at present still undergoing construction work, will take a longer time to be completed, forcing the authorities to take such a decision.
India was supposed to host one of the two matches between the two heavyweights, organised by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) to mark the 100th birth anniversary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
However, now with the BCCI opting against it, Bangladesh will be hosting the matches scheduled to be on March 18 and 22 respectively.
Earlier, the BCCI was looking forward to inaugurating the stadium by hosting the blockbuster clash between the two star-studded sides.
With the match in India now suspended BCB CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury was quoted saying:
“A match was expected to be played in India as they were expected to inaugurate a big stadium but now, they [BCCI] are not ready to do it and both matches will be hosted here.”
Still looking for a game
Not a single international game has been held at the Motera Stadium since 2014. The last one being the ODI game between India and Sri Lanka on November 6 in the same year.
The old structure of the stadium was pulled down the following year and a sum of around Rs 700 crore has been spent on the rebuilding process.
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The Ahmedabad-based stadium is supposed to be the largest cricket stadium in the world once it reopens with a seating capacity of 1,10,000 spectators instead of its former capacity of 53,000.
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