Motera Stadium to Serve as India Biosecurity Training Camp
The recently renovated Motera Stadium, Ahmedabad, is reportedly being served as the India biosecurity training camp for a group of 26 Indian players and 18 support staff members. The stadium, which was restarted earlier this year, has a staggering 1.10 lakh spectator capacity.
With less than two months to go until the Indian Premier League (IPL) begins, Indian players would have to get going and start training as they have not trained as a group since the pandemic broke out in March, and it is now believed that The recently renovated Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera, Ahmedabad, will serve as the venue for it.
According to News18, the Bangalore Mirror newspaper reported that, according to a Gujarat Cricket Association source, a total of 26 Indian players and 18 support staff members will train at the newly built stadium in Motera in a bio-bubble.
The BCCI is believed to have split by choosing between Motera Stadium and Dharamsala as the biosecure place to resume training but went ahead with the Sardar Patel Stadium due to its wide range of facilities after the renovation.
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If India resumed training, it would become the eighth international to do so, after England, the West Indies, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, Ireland and Bangladesh. While a group of Indian players has trained individually at outdoor facilities for the past month, blocking restrictions across the country have meant that group training has not been possible.
With IPL President Brijesh Patel confirming that the 13th edition of the tournament will be held in the United Arab Emirates between September 19 and November 8, it would be imperative that players start training as soon as possible.
However, it also remains to be seen whether Indian players will train together and then either join their franchises or directly start training camps with their respective IPL franchises. A franchise official had previously told PTI that plans were being made to organize training camps for IPL teams since mid-August.
The Motera Stadium, which underwent a complete renovation and is now the world’s largest cricket stadium with a capacity of 1.2 lakh, beating the MCG in Australia, was restarted in February of this year by the President of the United States, Donald Trump, along with the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi. . The stadium was renovated at an estimated cost of around $ 100 million and has four changing rooms and more than 70 corporate boxes.