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World’s third largest cricket stadium proposed for Rajasthan

The Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) has detailed plans for a new 75,000-seat stadium in the Indian state.

The stadium would become the third largest cricket venue in the world, after the recently-opened, 110,000-capacity Motera Cricket Stadium in the Indian city of Ahmedabad and the 100,000-seat Melbourne Cricket Ground in Australia.

RCA secretary Mahendra Sharma detailed his vision for the new stadium on Saturday. The venue would be located 25km from state capital Jaipur.

“The stadium will have facilities for indoor games, sports training academies, a club house and parking for nearly 4,000 vehicles,” Sharma said, according to Indian news agency PTI. “It will also have two practice grounds, which can be used for Ranji Trophy matches.”

It is hoped that work can begin within four months. The Hindustan Times newspaper reported that the stadium, which would span over 100 acres, would cost Rs350 crore (£37.5m/€41.4m/$46.9m).

The report added that the stadium would be built in two phases, with an initial 45,000-capacity stadium to be built before the remaining 30,000 seats are added. Construction is expected to take around two years.

The RCA is currently based at the 30,000-seat Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur. The stadium has hosted Test matches and one-day internationals in the past and also serves as the home of the Rajasthan Royals Indian Premier League Twenty20 franchise.

Ahmedabad’s Motera Stadium opened in February with an inauguration ceremony that was attended by US President Donald Trump. Designed by Populous in collaboration with India’s top construction contractor, Larsen & Toubro, the stadium was developed within three years at a cost of $100m (£77.7m/€91m). Officially named Sardar Patel Stadium and home to the Gujarat Cricket Association, the venue has become the largest capacity cricket stadium in the world.

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