Just a day before the second T20 international between India and West Indies at Lucknow's brand new Ekana International Stadium, the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh renamed it after former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, an official release said on Monday.
The stadium will now be known as 'Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee International Cricket Stadium', the release added.
Meanwhile the newest cricketing destination in the Uttar Pradesh capital wore a festive look on the eve of it becoming the 52nd venue in the country to host an international match.
The first T20 International of the three-match series at the Eden Gardens was also a low-scoring tie with West Indies managing just 109 for 8 after being sent into bat, a target which India chased down with five wickets in hand in 17.5 overs.
Commissioned by the former Uttar Pradesh Akhilesh Yadav, the stadium is built over 71 acres of land, making it among the 10 largest stadiums in the country, with a 50,000 seating capacity. There are 32 corporate boxes and eight VIP lounges at the stadium. There’s a private, world-class gym and an international-standard dressing room for players
Details are awaited...