The international cricket has returned to Lucknow after a gap nearly 24 years with the India vs West Indies 2nd T20 set to take place at the newly-built ‘Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee International Cricket Stadium’. The last international match in Lucknow was in January 1994, when India played a Test match against Sri Lanka. The match played at KD Singh Babu Stadium in Lucknow ended with India’s victory.
‘Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee International Cricket Stadium’, formerly known as ‘Ekana International Cricket Stadium’ has been renamed by UP government in the honour of late former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. With the ‘Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee International Cricket Stadium’ ready to host the India vs West Indies T20 clash, the cricket fever has returned among the people of Lucknow. Here are some interesting facts about the stadium.
Interesting facts about ‘Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee International Cricket Stadium’
• The stadium is the 52nd stadium in the country to host an international match.
• The stadium is the third largest in the country with sitting capacity of 50,000 people.
• The stadium was established in 2017 and build under the watch of former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Akhilesh Yadav.
• The decision to conduct the November 6 T20 clash between India and West Indies was taken in September 2018.
• The stadium has been renamed just one day before its international debut.
• The 2017–18 Duleep Trophy final was hosted by the stadium which was held from September 25, to 29, 2017. The final was played between India Red and India Blue with the former bagging victory by 163 runs.
• Some of the Ranji trophy 2017-18 matches were also played at the stadium.
• The stadium is equipped world-class facilities which includes two screens of 1,800 sq feet each, 40 VIP boxes, 1 media centre, a classy dressing room and a parking space for 2,500 vehicles.
• The stadium is built at a cost of Rs 470 crore and has some plush 5-star hotels in close proximity.
• The pitch for the India vs West Indies clash has been prepared using the soil from Odisha’s Balangir city.