Sunil Gavaskar    AFP
Sunil Gavaskar AFP

Stadiums named after cricketers are not usual concept in India. Most of the stadiums have stands named after famous cricketers. West Indies, on the other hand, have cricket stadiums named after Viv Richards and Darren Sammy; Australia has grounds named after Don Bradman and Allan Border; New Zealand, after Bert Sutcliffe; and so on.

Sunil Gavaskar is the latest entrant to this list. On October 15, he inaugurated a stadium at of all places, Louisville, Kentucky. The stadium will serve as the home ground for Louisville Cricket Club, which is part of the 42-team Midwest Cricket League, a media release said. Louisville CC, along with local Mayor Greg Fischer, had built a cricket pitch at the Hays Kennedy Park.

ICC has recently suspended the membership of US Cricket Association. As a result there is no clear picture on how many matches would be held at the venue. West Indies, India, New Zealand and Sri Lanka have all played T20 internationals against West Indies at Lauderhill, Florida.

Gavaskar honoured: I am delighted and privileged at the honour. It’s a unique honour to have a cricket field named after me, especially in a country where cricket is not a premier sport.

Mayor delighted: Fischer organised a dinner for Gavaskar. He said in a speech: I think the city’s USD 150,000 investment in the fields will reap great rewards. 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 will open the sport to more local participation and the city to even more global opportunities.