Situated on the foothill of the Himalayas, the picturesque Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket stadium on the outskirts of the Dehradun city is all set to be India’s 51st International cricket centre on Sunday. Starting from the three-match T20 International (T20I) series against Bangladesh, the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) is going to use this venue as their adopted home for the next three years.
The first game between Afghanistan and Bangladesh on Sunday evening is going to be a memorable one for the local cricket enthusiast as this is the very first time international cricket is being played in the state of Uttarakhand.
The stadium was officially inaugurated on May 26 by the Chief Minister of the state, Trivendra Singh Rawat. The venue is set against the backdrop of rolling hills and rivers and blends with the charming landscape of the Doon valley. It has a seating capacity of 25,000 and the intimate seating bowl provides uninterrupted views of the cricket field for the audience. Most importantly, here all the stands are equipped for complete evacuation in less than 8 minutes as per international security guidelines in case of an emergency.
For the players and media persons, the venue provides all the modern amenities which are essential in an international venue these days. Furthermore, the Dehradun International Cricket Stadium is India’s first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold standard sporting arena.
So, the stage is set for a grand inauguration of the game in this home away from home for the Afghans.