Motera Stadium to host Indian cricketers’ bio-secure training camp
It’s been a long time since the Indian cricketers have trained together. After the government imposed nationwide lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, all the players were forced to hit training sessions at their homes. In the latest development, Indian cricketers are all geared up to train in a bio-secure environment according to a report by Bangalore mirror.
For the first time since Sardar Patel Stadium has been reconstructed, training for cricketers will kick-start next month in bio-secure environment. Sardar Patel stadium in Ahmedabad, which is the world’s largest cricket stadium with a capacity of 1.10 lakh is all set to host Indian cricketers in a camp ahead of the IPL 2020.
The report went on to add saying that 26 players and 18 support staff members will train in the stadium in a bio-secure environment. Quoting a source in the Gujarat Cricket Association, the newspaper added that Ahmedabad pipped Dharamsala due to its wide range of facilities post-renovation.
The new stadium, constructed at a cost of around $100 million will seat more fans than Australia’s Melbourne Cricket Ground which can accommodate as many as 100,000 spectators. The stadium comprises more than 70 corporate boxes, four dressing rooms, a huge clubhouse and an Olympic-size swimming pool. Its construction started in January 2017.
The stadium had hosted the ‘Namaste Trump’ event earlier this year. IPL chairman Brijesh Patel had earlier confirmed that the 2020 edition of the tournament will be played between September 19 and November 8 in the United Arab Emirates. The BCCI has also sent an acceptance letter to the Emirates Cricket Board on Sunday, Indian Premier League chairman Brijesh Patel confirmed to Khaleej Times.
“Yes, we have sent the acceptance letter to the Emirates Cricket Board and both the boards will be working together from now on to stage the tournament,” Patel said. “The teams need at least three to four weeks to prepare for the tournament.”
ECB’s Mubashir Usmani added that a formal announcement from the board will be made on Monday. “We (the ECB) are going to send a press release on the issue tomorrow (Monday). But at this point in time, I cannot reveal more than that,” Usmani told Khaleej Times on Sunday. After the official confirmation on the dates and venues of the tournament, BCCI is likely to announce details of the training camp.