Get included along with Ahmedabad, Lucknow in IPL very soon. BCCI themselves is very keen to market the city of Lucknow as a new IPL destination & also as a major cricket centre.
BCCI plans to host Kane Williamson’s New Zealand for a test match at a new venue.
As per a report by TOI, the match against New Zealand will be hosted at the new Atal Bihari Vajpayee Stadium which has a capacity to seat nearly 70,000 fans. The series is scheduled right after the T20 World Cup and will be India’s chance to avenge their defeat at the hands of the same opponent in the World Test Championship Finals.
Lucknow as new IPL City:
Test after 28 Years in Lucknow: Lucknow will be hosting its first Test match in nearly 28 years when the New Zealand team comes to India after the T20 World Cup in UAE in November.
The match against Sri Lanka at KDS Babu Stadium in January 1994 remains the only Test that Lucknow has hosted.
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“The stadium has good facilities and a capacity of nearly 70,000. That’s a good deal for any IPL franchise. Like Ahmedabad, it’s important to give Lucknow exposure to marquee international matches before the IPL teams are finalized. Lucknow was also shortlisted as a venue for the T20 World Cup had it happened in India,” a senior BCCI official told TOI.
The BCCI intends to exploit the flourishing Hindi market through the IPL. The move to give prominence to centre like Lucknow is to exploit the Hindi speaking market & further increase the ratings of the league & cricket in the country.
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