Mumbai needs a new cricket stadium: Sharad Pawar

Published: Sunday, December 4, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Nasik:Expressing concern over the present seating capacity of Mumbai's Wankhede stadium, the newly elected president of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Sharad Pawar yesterday said the city needs a big stadium.

"The present seating capacity of the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai is 34,000. We want a big stadium there having seating capacity of 1.25 lakh so that MCA (Mumbai Cricket Association) will be able to provide more seats to the cricket lovers," Pawar, who is also the president of MCA, said at the felicitation organised by the Nasik District Circket Association (NDCA) at Anant Kanhere grounds this morning.

The Union Agriculture Minister said that due to the importance of international Test and ODIs, Ranji Trophy matches are losing its sheen.

There was a time when Ranaji Trophy matches were famous. But due to the popularity and live telecast of one-day matches Ranji has become less important," he said, adding that Ranji matches should be conducted at the district levels.

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