World's largest cricket stadium in Ahmedabad ready to host third India v England Test - in pictures
Around 55,000 fans – 50 per cent of the venue's capacity – expected at Sardar Patel Stadium
The world's largest cricket stadium in Ahmedabad is ready to host the third pink-ball Test between India and England - the first of seven consecutive matches at the venue.
The Sardar Patel Stadium, with a capacity of 110,000, is now the biggest cricket venue in the world but will allow 50 per cent crowds for the third Test, which begins on February 24.
Indian cricket board president Sourav Ganguly said all tickets for the third Test have been sold out.
“Ahmedabad is completely sold out. The tickets have gone, as well as for the T20s which will follow the Tests,” Ganguly told Star Sports.
The stadium at Motera has 11 pitches on the main turf, four dressing rooms, indoor nets, state-of-the-art drainage system and an Olympic-size swimming pool.
Both teams will be in the city for a month as the Sardar Patel Stadium hosts the final two Tests of the series and the subsequent five-match T20 clash.
There was some good news for India on the field as well. Fast bowler Umesh Yadav was recalled for the final two Tests.
The 33-year-old had suffered a calf injury in Australia which kept him out of the first two Tests in Chennai.
England, however, received some bad news. Left-arm seamer Sam Curran will no longer join the squad in India for the fourth Test as originally planned.
Curran was rested following last month's tour of Sri Lanka as part of England's rotation policy.
But it became apparent that Curran's journey would involve more than one commercial flight, increasing his prospects of exposure to the coronavirus.
As a result, team management decided Curran will join England's white-ball players for their already-organised private charter flight on February 26.
Published: February 19, 2021 11:38 AM