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New name for Lucknow’s cricket stadium

The Ekana International Cricket Stadium in Lucknow has been renamed in honour of a former Indian Prime Minister.

The venue which opened in 2017 will now be known as Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee International Cricket Stadium.

The stadium, with a seating capacity of around 50,000, hosted the second T20I of the ongoing three-match series between India and West Indies this week.

Inaugurating the new venue Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said:

We plan to promote not just cricket, but all sports across the country. Our Prime Minister has a grand vision for sports in India. We aim to set up large playgrounds in all villages across the country.

We are even constructing a big stadium in Ghaziabad, and soon, that too will have a grand opening.

The stadium has been named after Mr Vajpayee as the former prime minister was a Member of Parliament from Lucknow for five consecutive terms between 1991 and 2009.