Pune All Set To Host Cricket World Cup After 27 YearsPune All Set To Host Cricket World Cup After 27 Years
Maharashtra Cricket Association’s stadium in Pune will host the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup after a long gap of 27 years.
On 19 October, when India will face Bangladesh, it will be the first ever world cup contest involving India playing at a Pune stadium.
The 19 October match will be followed by four more matches — Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka on October 30, New Zealand vs South Africa on November 1, England vs Netherlands on November 8 and Australia vs Bangladesh on November 12.
“We have hosted 60 major events including IPL but this is a mega event. We are very excited,” said Ajinkya Joshi, Chief Operating Officer, MCA told The Indian Express (IE).
Since the stadium’s opening in April 2012, the preparation for the matches is going on. “Gahunje stadium is well-maintained. But since this is an international event we are upgrading the stadium for the first time in the last 11 years. The entire stadium is getting a new coat, a new cover shed is being installed and landscaping is being fine-tuned,” Joshi told IE. He said that about 120 workers are involved in the effort and the work will finish in time.
On Wednesday and Thursday, the ICC and BCCI officials paid a two-day inspection visit to check the progress and they are satisfied.
ticket sale has already commenced and understandably there’s a huge demand for them. “The tickets are getting sold immediately after the bookings opened. Our seating capacity is 42,000 but because of stricter rules of ICC about seating, it may come down to around 32,000,” said Bhandarkar, Shubhendra Bhandarkar, MCA Secretary was quoted as saying in IE report.