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India vs West Indies 2019: North Stand of Hyderabad stadium to be named after Mohammad Azharuddin 

Aakash Arya
Published 06 Dec 2019, 13:23 IST
06 Dec 2019, 13:23 IST

Mohammad Azharuddin
Mohammad Azharuddin

While both India and West Indies gear up for a grueling T20I series that commences later today, all eyes will be on former Indian captain and current Hyderabad Cricket Association president Mohammad Azharuddin.

Not only will an international match take place under his presidency for the first time in Hyderabad, the North Stand at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium will also be named after him before the match gets underway.

Talking to IANS, an official revealed that another former India captain, Sunil Gavaskar, is likely to inaugurate the stand situated just above the VVS Laxman players pavilion. The official said:

"We will start the day by inaugurating the Mohammad Azharuddin stand which is now basically the North Stand. This will be the one above the V.V.S. Laxman players pavilion. Gavaskar could be the one who will be inaugurating the new stand in the name of one of India’s most successful captains."
Mohammad Azharuddin at the 1999 World Cup in England
Mohammad Azharuddin at the 1999 World Cup in England

In a small felicitation ceremony which will take place just before the match, all former Hyderabad players who have represented India and performed well will be honored.

We will have a small ceremony before the game wherein along with the inauguration of the new stand, we will also felicitate players from Hyderabad who have donned the national cap and brought laurels to the country."

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Azharuddin, who played 99 Tests and 334 ODIs for India between 1985 to 2000, was elected as the HCA President on September 27 this year.


Modified 21 Dec 2019, 01:15 IST
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