The England squad shouted slogans in the practice area on Tuesday afternoon, but the action in the main stadium was even more hectic. With the world’s largest cricket venue to host its first international match, the Sardar Patel Stadium took the form of a celebration.

BCCI secretary Jai Shah was overseeing last-minute preparations at the 1,10,000-capacity stadium, which would have the presence of President Ram Nath Kovind on the first day of the pink ball test.

The state-of-the-art stadium has 11 pitches and will be replaced with a ring of fire, a circular LED lights instead of a floodlight tower.

However, the highlight of the program is the four dressing rooms, which have many facilities including gymnasiums. This may be possible when T20 double headers become the norm in cricket.

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