World Cup 2023: After Fans complain of poor facilities BCCI plans BIG upgrades ahead of WC

In advance of the ODI World Cup in October and November, the BCCI intends to undertake extensive renovations to at least five major Indian stadiums.

World Cup 2023: After Fans complain of poor facilities BCCI plans BIG upgrades ahead of WC
  • Sinchan Saha | April 11, 2023 | 11:01 am

Over the past ten years, the game has brought in a lot of money, making the BCCI, the world’s richest board, richer. However, the stoic fan, who has made the sport what it is today, is frequently denied basic amenities at the majority of venues across the nation.

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Fans had voiced their displeasure regarding the absence of clean restrooms at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi during the India-Australia Test series in February and March.

The fact that Delhi is one of the five venues that the BCCI gave a GAP assessment to is not surprising

Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mohali, and Mumbai are the other venues, according to the list accessed by PTI.

The Wankhede in Mumbai had gone through redesign before the India-Australia ODIs last month after a fan grumbled of poor clean circumstances at the renowned arena.

At each of the five venues, renovations are anticipated to cost hundreds of crores of dollars.

The costs are enormous even if one does not account for the cost of renovating the roof, which is not a possibility at all in Delhi due to the venue’s structural flaws.

The Delhi stadium will be renovated at a cost of Rs 100 crore, Hyderabad at Rs 117.17 crore, Kolkata’s storied Eden Gardens at Rs 127.47 crore, Mohali’s aging PCA stadium at Rs 79.46 crore, and Wankhede at Rs 78.82 crore. When roof work is involved, prices skyrocket.

Ahmedabad, which is likely to host the championship game, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Dharamsala, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Lucknow, Indore, Rajkot, and Mumbai are among the twelve venues that have been shortlisted to host World Cup games.

The 46-day ICC tournament will feature 48 games. India last facilitated the ODI World Cup in 2011 when the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-drove group lifted the prize.