Propelled on the Indian Premier League map as a new franchise for the fourth edition of the cricket extravaganza, Pune's metamorphosis into a major cosmopolitan destination of the country now appears complete.
Although the event is scheduled the next season, the ball was set rolling when the Sahara group head Subrata Roy visited the city a few days back and inspected the under construction venue of International Cricket Centre of Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA), at Gahunj across Mumbai-Pune express highway.
The group which has bought the Pune team at a staggering Rs 1702 crore at the recent IPL auction that also saw Kochi as a new addition to the celebrated league, was yet to name it.
At a felicitation accorded to Roy by MCA, he said, "we are searching for a suitable name for the team and I am sure we will come up with a good one. Suggestions are welcome".
Elated at the landmark development, the MCA President Ajay Shirke said that it would provide a big boost to cricket in Pune and Maharshtra.
Already competing with Bangalore in the IT sector, Pune, also called the country's auto hub and an international education centre, is now listed among the top ten cities of India with a population of five million. The IPL tag now is seen by cricket lovers as a feather in the cap of this cultural capital of Maharashtra.