ITDC INDIA EPRESS/ ITDC NEWS BCCI President Sourav Ganguly is set to enter the cricket field as a player again. The former India captain will take on BCCI secretary Jay Shah’s team in a friendly match at the Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad on Wednesday, the eve of the 89th Annual General Meeting of the Board of Control for Cricket in India.
The AGM is scheduled to be held on December 24.
The newly-constructed Motera Stadium, the largest cricket stadium in the world, has a seating capacity of over 110,000. It is yet to host a competitive cricket match, but is expected to host matches next year when England visits India.
A report in Mid-Day said former India cricketer Mohammad Azharuddin, who is the head of Hyderabad Cricket Association, retired India batsman Brijesh Patel, and ex-Saurashtra skipper Jaydev Shah will also take part in the tennis ball practice match.
Former IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla will be the referee in the match.
Meanwhile, in the AGM, which will be held on Thursday, several important issues, including England’s tour to India, inclusion of two more teams in the Indian Premier League, and resumption of domestic cricket, are expected to be discussed.
A BCCI official has said that the majority of the members are in favour of an expansion, as they feel it would create a “larger talent pool, given the abundance of talent in India”.
It has been reported that though there are plans to include two more teams to the current eight-team format of the IPL, it won’t be implemented until 2022. It is unlikely that there will be a mega auction before next year’s IPL starts in April.