The Punjab Cricket Association stadium, also known as the Mohalistadium, is the home of IPL franchise Kings XI Punjab. Established in1993, the construction of the stadium took around Rs 25 crore and 3years to complete.With a capacity of 28,000 spectators, theground boasts of unconventional lights compared to other cricketstadiums. The light pillars have been emplaced comparatively lower inheight to avoid aircraft from the nearby airport colliding with thelight pillars.The stadium is the 19th and a relatively new Testcricket venue in India. The pitch has a reputation for being lively andsupporting pace bowlers, however in recent days it has slowed down andassists spin bowling as well. It was inaugurated with a One DayInternational match between India and South Africa during the Hero Cupon 22 November 1993.
\R Vatican City, Jul 8 (AP) Pope Francis is trying to cheer up Brazilian soccer fans after the team’s quarterfinal exit from the World Cup.The pope, an Argentine and an avid soccer fan, noted a preponderance of Brazilian flags on display in St. Peter’s Square during his traditional Sunday blessing.He told the crowd: “I see a lot of Brazilian flags: Have courage! There’ll be a next time.” The five-time world champions left the World Cup empty handed after losing to Belgium in the quarterfinals, leaving only European teams contending for the title in Russia.Francis often meets with visiting national soccer teams, has a collection of gifted jerseys and frequently promotes the value of sports particularly for young people. Argentina was eliminated from World Cup contention in the first of the knockout rounds. (AP) APA APAAPA