WATCH: Sachin Tendulkar & others seek blessings at Shri Kashi Vishwanath temple

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone of Varanasi Stadium on Saturday.

Legendary Indian cricketers Sachin Tendulkar, Kapil Dev and Sunil Gavaskar offered their prayers at Shri Kashi Vishwanath temple in Varanasi on Saturday. In a video that has gone viral on the internet, the cricketing legends were seen offering prayers.

After offering prayers, Tendulkar and other cricket dignitaries will arrive to join Prime Minister Narendra Modi for foundation stone ceremony of the grand Varanasi Stadium.

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Notably, the Uttar Pradesh government has spent Rs 121 crores on land acquisition for the construction of the International Varanasi Cricket Stadium. Moreover, the BCCI will spend Rs 330 crores on the stadium’s construction.

The former India head coach Ravi Shastri on Saturday took to social media X and wrote, “Varanasi bound. Great to be amongst Greats and colleagues for Mumbai and India. Just a few international runs and wickets there. Pic of a lifetime. Gr8 memories.”

The thematic architecture of this stadium draws inspiration from Lord Shiva, with designs developed for crescent-shaped roof covers, trident-shaped floodlights, ghat steps-based seating, and Bilvipatra-shaped metallic sheets on the facade. The stadium will have a capacity of 30,000 spectators.

Veteran players like Sachin Tendulkar, Sunil Gavaskar, Ravi Shastri, Dilip Vengsarkar will be present at the foundation stone laying ceremony. The event will also have the presence of key figures from the BCCI, including President Roger Binny, Vice President Rajiv Shukla, and Secretary Jay Shah, the release stated.

Furthermore, many veteran players are expected to attend the foundation stone laying ceremony. After Kanpur and Lucknow, this will be Uttar Pradesh’s third international cricket stadium.

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