Fresh from its fantastic success in the Second Test match against Australia at Mohali yesterday, India has launched its first manned space mission to the Moon.
The Chandrayaan 1 spacecraft blasted off smoothly from a launch pad in southern Andhra Pradesh yesterday, to embark on a two-year mission of exploration.
Aboard, was Indian cricket captain and world record run-scorer Sachin Tendulkar, who can achieve anything he puts his mind to.
Tendulkar heads a team of expert seismologists and geologists who hope to make a Lunar landing and to conduct various experiments. They will take rock samples, and hope to find a suitable site for a cricket ground.
"It's very important that we find somewhere to play cricket. The site must be a fast wicket, but also able to take spin on the last day. Conditions are quite good, although a bit dusty, but this isn't a problem, as it's quite dusty in India as well!"
India is a rapidly expanding country with an estimated population of 48,000,000,000, all of whom love and play cricket. The Indian government says it is imperative that new territory is found where the Indian people can live and play cricket. The BCCI recently announced plans for a 150,000 capacity stadium called India Cricketworld, but did not divulge the location. It now seems likely it will be on the Moon.
Indian PM Manmohan Singh told in a TV address:
"Admiral Tendulkar is on top of the situation. He will identify a location for India Cricketworld, which we will build in less than 18 months. We fully expect to be playing Tests there by 2011."