As India and the West Indies prepare themselves for the opening T20I of the three-match series at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium to be played later today, former India skipper and current Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) President Mohammad Azharuddin will be a happy man.
The North Stand of the stadium will officially be named under him and this will also be the first game under his administration.
Speaking to IANS, an HCA official said that the stand above the VVS Laxman pavilion will be named after Azhar and will be inaugurated by Sunil Gavaskar.
“We will start the day by inaugurating the Mohammad Azharuddin stand which is now basically the North Stand. This will be the one above the VVS Laxman players pavilion. Gavaskar could be the one who will be inaugurating the new stand in the name of one of India’s most successful captains,” the official revealed.
The official also revealed the plan of having a felicitation ceremony for all former India internationals from Hyderabad. The felicitation will take place before the game.
“We will have a small ceremony before the game wherein along with the inauguration of the new stand, we will also felicitate players from Hyderabad who have donned the national cap and brought laurels to the country,” he said.
Talking about the game, the series will be a good opportunity for India to shortlist the players for next year’s World Cup. It will also reveal whether Rishabh Pant has made any improvements in his game, or does Sanju Samson have to be tried out.
Skipper Kohli requested people to not put too much pressure on Pant, saying that he needs his own space and time instead of being criticized. The young keeper-batsman from Delhi has got several opportunities in the national team but has not been able to make much use of it.
Once MS Dhoni puts down the curtains on his career, India’s wicket-keeping landscape may look dark. In the longest format, Wriddhiman Saha has filled Dhoni’s shoes responsibly, but in the limited-overs, the search still continues.