lst ODI between India and England at Rajkot on Jan 11
The newly-built cricket stadium at Khanderi, situated on the outskirts of the city on Rajkot-Jamnagar highway, constructed by Saurashtra Cricket Association (SCA), is all set to host its first One-Day International match between India and England under floodlights on January 11.
Giving details to mediapersons here today evening, secretary of the SCA Niranjan Shah said Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi is likely to inaugurate the stadium, much ahead of the match.
There are 26,000 seats for the spectators at the newly-built cricket stadium, which is located about 12 kms from here. The stadium was constructed at a cost of nearly Rs 75 crore (excluding land cost), he said.
Spread over 30 acres of land, the stadium has world class facilities. The construction of the stadium had begun in 2006 and is ready to host the international match, Shah noted.
There are ultra modern facilities for the media at the stadium, he said.
Due to the dew factor, the day-and night match will be played here from 1200 hrs instead of normal starting time of 1430 hrs, Shah said. The officials of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had taken the decision to revise the time, he informed.
Forty close circuit TV cameras will be installed at the stadium for security purpose, he said.
Tight security arrangement will be made at the venue during the tie.
The cost of the ticket for the ODI here will vary from Rs 500 to Rs 2,500, he said.
Both the teams will arrive here on January nine, he added.