Cricketers having their names for stands, grounds are a very popular trend. Like West Indies’ Viv Richards, Darren Sammy; Like New Zealand’s Bert Sutcliffe & Australia’s Don Bradman & Allan Border. Usually having stands named after them is a more common trend in the sub continent. But this time, India great Sunil Gavaskar has had a stadium named after him in Louisville, Kentucky. He himself inaugurated the ‘Sunil Gavaskar cricket stadium’ on October 15th. The stadium will be the home ground for Louisville Cricket Club, which is part of the 42-team Midwest Cricket League.
ICC has recently suspended the membership of US Cricket Association, resulting in no clear picture on how many matches would be held at the venue. West Indies, India, New Zealand and Sri Lanka have all played T20 internationals against West Indies at Lauderhill, Florida.
Talking about the stadium, a joyous Gavaskar said, “I am delighted and privileged at the honour. It’s a unique honour to have a cricket field named after me, especially in a country where cricket is not a premier sport.”
Mr. Fischer, the mayor of Kentucky organised a dinner for Gavaskar. He said in his speech: “I think the city’s USD 150,000 investment in the fields will reap great rewards. We are an increasingly global community, and cricket is already part of our city’s sporting landscape. We hope the investment at Hays Kennedy Park will open the sport to more local participation and the city to even more global opportunities.”
This is the first time a cricketing figure from the sub continent has had an entire stadium named after him.