PM Modi lays foundation stone of 1st international cricket stadium in Varanasi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday laid the foundation stone of an international cricket stadium in Varanasi. Former India cricketers, including Sachin Tendulkar and Ravi Shastri, BCCI President Roger Binny, its vice-president Rajiv Shukla and secretary Jay Shah were present on the occasion. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath also attended the function.

The Uttar Pradesh government said that it has spent Rs 121 crore on acquiring the land for the stadium, while the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will spend Rs 330 crore on its construction.


  • Varanasi’s international cricket stadium will be built on Rs 121 crore land.
  • An approximate Rs 330 crore will be spent on the construction of the cricket stadium, the Uttar Pradesh government said in a press statement.
  • The stadium will accommodate nearly 30,000 people at a time.
  • The roof covers will be crescent-shaped, floodlights shaped like a trident, patterns resembling bel leaves, and one of the structures shaped like a ‘damru’.
  • The design of the international cricket stadium in Varanasi will depict the “essence of Kashi”, the press statement read.
  • Situated near the Ring Road in the Rajatalab area, it is likely to be ready by December 2025, the press statement read.
  • The spectators’ gallery of the stadium will resemble the steps of the ghats of Varanasi.  

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