The Sardar Patel stadium in Ahmedabad, the world’s largest stadium with a capacity of 1.10 lakh, is likely to host the Indian cricketers in a training camp before the Indian Premier League 2020.
Around 26 players and 18 support staff members are likely to head to Gujarat and train in a bio-secure environment. Reportedly, Ahmedabad pipped Dharamsala as the venue due to its wide range of facilities and infrastructure.
The stadium has more than 70 corporate boxes, four dressing rooms, a club house and an Olympic-sized swimming pool.
Earlier, the chairman of the IPL Brijesh Patel had confirmed that the event will be held from September 19 to November 8 in the UAE.
The Emirates Cricket Board was sent the acceptance letter earlier on Sunday. “Yes, we have sent the acceptance letter to the Emirates Cricket Board and both the boards will be working together from now on to stage the tournament,” Patel said.
“The teams need at least three to four weeks to prepare for the tournament.”
“We (the ECB) are going to send a press release on the issue tomorrow (Monday). But at this point in time, I cannot reveal more than that,” ECB’s Mubashir Usmani told Khaleej Times on Sunday.
The Indian board is likely to announce the dates and the venues of the training camp shortly.