The Sourav Ganguly-led Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) is planning to build a new stadium in Kolkata on the outskirts of the state. In fact, it is reported that Sourav Ganguly is contemplating to invite architects from Australia to work on the 10 acres land purchased by the state association.
Earlier, Ganguly also accepted the fact that CAB do not have any ground apart from Eden Gardens to host domestic games,
“We need good grounds. Even if we ask for staging Ranji Trophy matches then we have only Kalyani stadium except for Eden Gardens. We are going to get Jadavpur University ground on a lease of around 25 years. Once the approval letter from Jadavpur University comes, construction work of stadium and a modern indoor training centre will start,” A CAB source said, according to OneIndia.
The state association is keen to construct another ground in the state which can facilitate them to host their domestic and league matches there as according to Ganguly, they need another stadium for this purpose. Currently, Eden Gardens is the home ground of Kolkata Knight Riders and we might also see the new stadium being considered as the second home ground for the Kolkata-based franchise as many franchises opt for a second home ground in order to increase their revenue share. Teams like Kings XI Punjab, Delhi Daredevils and Gujarat Lions have played in two grounds so as to increase their profit. So there might be a case when KKR opt to use the new stadium as their home ground.
At present, Maharashtra has four such grounds namely Wankhede Stadium, Brabourne Stadium, MCA Stadium and DY Patil Stadium to host games.
Lats year, the DDCA also floated an idea to build a new stadium near Dwarka. However, even after a year, there has ben no progress in regarding the matter.