North West Stand of Brian Lara Stadium to be named after Sachin Tendulkar

North West Stand of Brian Lara Stadium to be named after Sachin Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar will have a stand named after him in the Brian Lara Stadium.

Sachin Tendulkar
Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar. (Photo credit Manjunath Kiran/AFP/GettyImages)

The Brian Lara Stadium is set to open next month with a game between Lara XI and Sachin XI scheduled to mark the opening day of this multi-purpose stadium in Trinidad and Tobago. In a recent development, a stand in this Stadium is set to be named after India great Sachin Tendulkar.

Both Lara and Tendulkar played in the same era and shared great friendship during the course of their international careers. They were time and again compared to each other and were two undisputed batting greats of their generation right from the mid-nineties.

Chairman of the Sports Company of T&T Michael Philips confirmed that the move is done in consultation with Brian Lara. Speaking to the Guardian, Philips said that it was because of this that Sachin was convinced to play the curtain-raiser next month.

“Our decision to name the stand after Mr Tendulkar was done on the advice of Mr Brian Lara. We have included Mr Lara in our decision making process in terms of how we roll out the launch and management of both the stadium and the academy,” Phillips said

The move hasn’t gone well with the president of the Trinidad and Tobacco Cricket Board (TTCB): Azim Bassarath, citing that Tendulkar has never done anything for West Indies or T&T cricket. He wanted to name the stand for cricketers from T&T who have done well domestically or internationally.

“India have so many stadia and I don’t know any of them have stands named after any of our West Indian greats so why must we name a stand after Tendulkar. I thought there would be stands named after Ian Bishop, or Larry Gomes or Gus Logie or even the late Rangie Nanan. Not Tendulkar” Bassarath said.

Brian Lara finished the game with the most runs in Test cricket, a record with was finally eclipsed by Tendulkar in October 2008. Since then the ‘little master’ has held the record as he went on to score 15,921 runs before calling time on his Test career in late 2013.

The West Indian legend, though, still holds the record for the most runs scored in a Test innings when he hit 400* against England in 2004. The elegant left-hander also holds the record for most runs scored in a first-class innings scoring 501 not out in 1993.

Sachin Tendulkar like he is around the world was a very popular figure in the West Indies as well. Fans there loved his style of play but always rated Lara a better batsman.