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World's largest cricket stadium with capacity of 110,000 getting ready in Gujarat - in pictures

The new stadium in Motera is likely to host an exhibition match in March

Construction work is well underway at the world's biggest cricket stadium – with a capacity of 110,000 – which is being built at Motera, near Ahmedabad, in India.

The new stadium in the state of Gujarat, being built at a cost of $100 million (Dh 367m) will seat more fans than the Melbourne Cricket Ground which is currently the biggest cricket stadium with a capacity of 100,000.

The Gujarat Cricket Association hopes to host a match between an Asia XI and a World XI in March as part of the stadium inauguration.

The stadium will have more than 70 corporate boxes, four dressing rooms, and a host of other facilities. The venue is expected to have three different types of pitches to suit fast bowlers and spinners.

Construction work began in January 2017 and the Motera stadium will soon become only the second cricket ground in India after the old Eden Gardens in Kolkata to accommodate more than 100,000 spectators.

The old Motera stadium witnessed some historic moments of Indian cricket – Sunil Gavaskar's 10,000th Test run and Kapil Dev's world record 432nd wicket.

The stadium is said to be the dream project of India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Updated: December 13, 2019 02:00 PM

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