In the drought-hit Maharashtra, a new cricket stadium named after Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar was inaugurated in Baramati.
Baramati is the home town of Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) President Sharad Pawar.
While inaugurating the international stadium, the legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar said:
“I had a dream to play for India and win the World Cup. It was a long journey. You should sweat out as much as the water used by the groundsman to maintain the field.”
He also lauded Pawar for providing better cricket facilities.
A ceremonial T20 match was also organised between Maharashtra and Mumbai teams to mark the occasion.
Others who were present at occasion were Ajinkya Rahane, Ajit Agarkar and Wasim Jaffer.
Recently, Bombay High Court suggested shifting IPL matches to be held in Maharashtra to other states which do not face a shortage of water.
19 IPL matches are slated to be played at Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur between April 9 and May 29.
The state is facing one of the worst water crisis and approximately around 40 lakh litres of water would be required to maintain pitches.