New Delhi: USA Cricket, the governing body for the sport in the United States of America, will soon have a stadium named the ‘Sunil Gavaskar Field’ to honour the batting legend from India.
It will, thus, be only the third such instance where an entire stadium is named after a cricketer – after the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua and the Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium in Gros Islet, St Lucia.
“It’s a wonderful honour to have a ground named after you, especially in a country where cricket is not the premier sport,” Gavaskar told TOI .
Reportedly, the project will be headed by Kentucky-based Jai Bokey, who is a former employee of sports marketing company Professional Management Group.
“While it is always preferable to have sports facilities named after sportspersons, there are plenty of other non-sportspersons who make a contribution to the growth, development and betterment of sports, so the grounds can be named after them too; but yes, ideally grounds should be named after those who have made a contribution to sports,” the former India captain, who played 125 Tests and 108 ODIs, said.
Gavaskar scored 10122 runs in Tests and 3092 in ODIs.
The legend, however, said that a sponsor’s name should never be added to the title once a facility is named after a sportsperson as an honour.