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Indian cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar Oct. 15 inaugurated a new cricket facility in Louisville, Kentucky, that has been named after him. (Strdel/AFP/Getty Images)

MUMBAI — Cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar inaugurated a cricket field in Louisville, Kentucky, Oct. 15, thus making it the first international sporting facility named after an Indian sportsperson.

The Sunil Gavaskar Field will serve as the home ground for the Louisville Cricket Club, which is part of the 42-team MidWest Cricket League, according to a media release.

The club, along with Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, built a cricket pitch at the Hays Kennedy Park.

“I am delighted and privileged at the honor,” Gavaskar said in a statement. “It’s a unique honor to have a cricket field named after me, especially in a country where cricket is not a premier sport.”

The club also organized a dinner for Gavaskar, where Fischer presented him with a key to the city. Mayor Fischer said he expects the city’s $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,” he said.

“We hope the investment at Hays Kennedy Park will open the sport to more local participation, and the city to even more global opportunities,” he added.

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