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Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Dehradun

Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium in the Raipur area of Dehradun, Uttarakhand.[2] It is the first international standard stadium in the state and was constructed by Shapoorji Pallonji Engineering and Construction.[3] The cost of this stadium was 237 crore. In May 2018, the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) confirmed that Afghanistan would host Bangladesh in June 2018, was first international fixture at this stadium.[4] Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Dehradun is India's 21st venue to host T20 internationals and overall 51st venue to host international cricket.[5][6]

Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium
Dehradun cricket stadium.jpg
Aerial view of the stadium
Ground information
LocationDehradun, Uttarakhand, India
Coordinates30°18′05″N 78°06′09″E / 30.30139°N 78.10250°E / 30.30139; 78.10250
Establishment16 December 2016
Capacity25,000
OwnerGovernment of Uttarakhand
ContractorShapoorji Pallonji Group[1]
OperatorUttarakhand Cricket Association
TenantsUttarakhand cricket team
Afghanistan cricket team
End names
Pavilion End
Southern End
International information
Only Test15–18 March 2019:
 Afghanistan v  Ireland
First ODI28 February 2019:
 Afghanistan v  Ireland
Last ODI10 March 2019:
 Afghanistan v  Ireland
First T20I3 June 2018:
 Afghanistan v  Bangladesh
Last T20I24 February 2019:
 Afghanistan v  Ireland
As of 18 March 2019
Source: ESPNcricinfo

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HistoryEdit

With the formation of the state in the year 2000, the state suffered a blow to its sport facilities as Uttar Pradesh had the entire infrastructure for sports and Uttarakhand had hosted very few Ranji Trophy matches. Due to the lack of infrastructure, players started moving to different states.[citation needed]

Due to lack of infrastructure facilities, state was not given affiliation by BCCI to make its team to complete in Ranji trophy and other domestic tournaments. This was a major drawback for the young cricketers in Uttarakhand who started seeking cricketing opportunities from other states.

In November 2012, the Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, Vijay Bahuguna, laid the foundation of the stadium. On 16 December 2016, Chief Minister Harish Rawat inaugurated the stadium along with Rajeev Shukla, Chairperson of IPL. The total cost of stadium was Rs. 237.20 crore. The stadium is located in picturesque surroundings in the Raipur area of Dehradun and has a seating capacity of 25,000 people, along with floodlights facility for conducting day-night matches. The seats inside the stadium have been arranged in a manner that it gives a look of Aipan, a traditional Kumaoni art. The stadium is the first in the state to meet international standards, and is built on a 23-acre site.[7] The stadium was selected as the second home ground for the Afghanistan cricket team in India.[8]

The venue hosted its inaugural ODI and Test match during Ireland against Afghanistan in India series.[9]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/dehradun/Govt-to-develop-intl-cricket-stadium-on-finance-operate-transfer-basis/articleshow/46899533.cms
  2. ^ allindoon Archived 3 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/dehradun/Govt-to-develop-intl-cricket-stadium-on-finance-operate-transfer-basis/articleshow/46899533.cms
  4. ^ "Lukewarm response for first T20 match at Doon stadium".
  5. ^ "Advantage Afghanistan in spin-friendly Dehradun".
  6. ^ "Afghanistan To Face Bangladesh In First T20I At Dehradun On Sunday".
  7. ^ dailypioneer statdium
  8. ^ https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/sports/cricket/news/dehradun-likely-to-be-afghanistans-second-home-ground/articleshow/62554424.cms
  9. ^ "Afghanistan, Ireland to face off in full series in 2019". Cricbuzz. 1 December 2018.

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