A cricket field in Kentucky, Louisville, was named after former India opener and captain Sunil Gavaskar, who inaugurated the facility on October 15. The Sunil Gavaskar Field will be home to the Louisville Cricket Club, which participates in the 42-team MidWest Cricket League in the U.S.
“I am delighted and privileged at the honour,” Gavaskar, who was provided a dinner by the club for the occasion, said in a statement. “It’s a unique honour to have a cricket field named after me, especially in a country where cricket is not a premier sport.”
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Louisville mayor Greg Fischer said, “We are an increasingly global community, and cricket is already part of our city’s sporting landscape. We hope the investment at Hays Kennedy Park (USD 150,000) will open the sport to more local participation, and the city to even more global opportunities.”
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Louisville aspires to become a destination for national and even international cricket events in the future, according to Metro Parks and Recreation director Seve Ghose.
Jai Bokey, Louisville Cricket Club president, said, “Cricket is an important part of culture and community life in places like England, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, and throughout the West Indies. Having such a superb facility will help to bring people and business to Louisville from all over the cricket-playing world.”
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