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Why name a stand at Brian Lara Stadium after Sachin Tendulkar

Why name a stand at Brian Lara Stadium after Sachin Tendulkar

Brian Lara Stadium after Sachin TendulkarThe proposal to name the North West stand of the Brian Lara Cricket stadium after Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar has drawn criticism from some quarters in local cricket.

 

Tendulkar one of the game’s greatest batsmen has played 200 Test matches, the most by any player in the history and scored 15,921 runs, at an average of 53.78.

The batsman also holds the record for the most number of runs in Test cricket and the most centuries.

Despite the Indian batsman numerous accolades, however, president of the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) Azim Bassarath, one of the critics of the move, believes the honour should have gone to a local cricketer.

“India have so many stadia and I don’t know any of them have stands named after any of our West Indian greats so why must we name a stand after Tendulkar. I thought there would be stands named after Ian Bishop, or Larry Gomes or Gus Logie or even the late Rangie Nanan. Not Tendulkar,” Bassarath told a local daily.

According to Chairman of the Sports Company of T&T Michael Phillips the decision was taken with the full support of Lara.

“Our decision to name the stand after Mr Tendulkar was done on the advice of Mr Brian Lara. We have included Mr Lara in our decision making process in terms of how we roll out the launch and management of both the stadium and the academy,” Phillips said.

Lara and Tendulkar  will lead opposing teams on Saturday, May 13, in a match being played to mark the opening of the Stadium in Tarouba, South Trinidad.

The match is to be broadcast globally and will feature local, regional and international players.

Trinidad and Tobago Sports Minister Darryl Smith made the announcement last Thursday following a meeting of the Cabinet.

The stadium has been marked by controversy for more than a decade.

With an initial cost, in 2006, of TT$500 million, the project had been hit by significant cost overruns.

Construction was set to be completed by June 2008 but was eventually completed in March 2017.

Lara, who turns 48 in May, played 131 Tests for the West Indies between December 1990 and December 2006 when he retired as Test cricket’s leading run scorer with 11,953 runs at an average of 52.88.

During that time he scored 34 Test centuries and 48 half centuries.

 

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