Excited to watch IND vs WI T20I in Ekana? Did you know these facts?
Lucknow: After a long wait of over two decades, Lucknow city is all set to host an international match between India and West Indies on November 6, 2018.
The last match was played between India and Sri Lanka in the year 1994 at the KD Singh Babu stadium.
Now, the city has its new stadium namely, ‘Ekana Cricket Stadium’ located on the outskirts of the city and is also a part of Ekana Sports City.
It is also the third biggest stadium of the country after Kolkata’s Eden Garden and Ahmedabad’s Motera with a seating capacity of 50,000 people.
ALL ABOUT EKANA CRICKET STADIUM
The stadium got a high rating by the ICC and is the third largest in the country in terms of crowd after Eden Garden in Kolkata and Motera in Ahmedabad.
The stadium will be inaugurated by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Governor Ram Naik during the match.
The stadium has nine pitches of red and black soil.
It also has an underground drainage system which can drain out rain water even in the heavy rainfall and make the ground ready for play in just 20 minutes.
Unlike other stadiums, Ekana has horizontal grills on a trench which will provide a clear view of the match without creating any hindrance.
Uday Sinha, chairman-cum-managing director of Ekana Group and his company had been honoured by the state government at the Investors’ Summit earlier in the year for boosting sports facilities in the state.
INTERNATIONAL CRICKET MATCHES PLAYED IN LUCKNOW
All the international matches that took place in Lucknow since 1952 were played in KD Singh Babu stadium earlier known as ‘Central Sports Stadium’.
The first Test match in the city was played between India and Pakistan in 1952 at Lucknow University ground.
In 1989, The first ODI game was organised at KD Singh Babu stadium between Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
In 1994, KD Singh Babu stadium hosted its first and the city’s second Test match. India played against Sri Lanka.