Ends: City End and Cathedral End
Adelaide Oval is widely regarded as the most picturesque test cricket ground in the world, with St Peter's Cathedral rising behind an elegant Edwardian scoreboard and Moreton Bay fig trees at the northern end.
Country: Australia City: Perth
Also or Formerly Known as: Western Australia Cricket Association Ground Established: 1893 Named After: Western Australian Cricket Association, owners of the ground Capacity: 22,000 (24,500 with temporary seating) Playing Area: 149.0m long, 139.0m wide Floodlights: Yes, since 1986 Ends: Members End, Prindiville Stand End
Country: Bangladesh City: Dhaka
Ends: Pavilion End and Paltan End
Located in the heart of the capital city of Dhaka, the Bangabandhu National Stadium is named after Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the father of the nation. With a seating capacity of 40,000, the stadium is currently used as a sole sporting arena for football by the Bangladesh National Football team. The stadium witnessed Bangladesh’s first home win against India on 26 December 2004. Bangabandhu National Stadium has been recently modified into a world class sporting facility to host the opening ceremony of the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup.
Dhaka is the capital city of Bangladesh located on the banks of Buriganga River. The national capital of Bangladesh, Dhaka teems with a population of 15 million people. Formerly known as Dacca, it is now regarded as one of the main cities of South Asia. Considered as the hub for culture, education and business, Dhaka is the most developed city in Bangladesh in terms of its urban infrastructure. The city has a strategic importance when it comes to politics and economy of Bangladesh.
Country: Bangladesh City: Bogra
Known As: Bogra District Stadium
The Bogra District Stadium in Rajshahi was one of the five purpose-built cricket grounds established in the run-up to the 2004 Under-19 World Cup. It was finally granted full international status in January 2006, ahead of Sri Lanka's visit to the country. Bogra serves as the nerve-centre of northern Bangladesh and the promise of international cricket is a significant step in its development as a city of note. The recent construction of a four-star hotel brings the city into line with ICC lodging requirements.
Country: Bangladesh City: Chittagong
Known As: Chittagong Stadium Ends: Pedrollo End, Ispahani End Floodligts: Yes (only for football matches)
The MA Aziz stadium in Chittagong is designed like a concrete mock-up of Old Trafford, with the pavilion at midwicket balanced by a double-decker stand on the opposite side of the ground, and a pair of commentary and press boxes situated behind the bowler's arms. The ground is situated a ten-minute rickshaw ride from the town's train station, and lies at the bottom of a steep hill in a leafy quarter of the town. Overlooking the ground is the Circuit House, a colonial-era mansion that was used as a headquarters during Bangladesh's war of liberation in 1971, and a decade later, was the scene of the assassination of President Ziaur Rahman. In January 2005, Bangladesh finally won their first Test, at the 35th attempt, against Zimbabwe. Andrew Miller May 2005
Country: Bangladesh City: Dhaka Established: 2006 Ends: Ispahani End, Aqua Paints End Capacity: 25,000
The Shere Bangla National Cricket Stadium, named after AK Fazlul Haque, one of the country's most renowned leaders and freedom fighters in the 1940s, is situated about 10 kilometres outside the centre of Dhaka. The move from the Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka to Mirpur was met with much resistance, but the BCB had decided they needed a stadium dedicated exclusively to cricket, and carried on despite criticism.
The most striking feature of the ground is the drainage facility which is probably the best in the subcontinent. The ground was originally built for football and athletics and was hence rectangular in shape. To bring it back to a shape suited for cricket, a lot of demolition had to be done, and also the athletics tracks had to be dug up. About three feet of soil was excavated to remove all the red clay. PVC pipes were fit in before filling it up with rock chips and sand and then grass. The slope is nice and even, a difference of 29 inches from the wicket to the boundary.
The ground hosted its first Test when Bangladesh played India in May 2007; a timely start was made possible because of the efficient drainage after heavy overnight showers. The wicket was pretty flat and slow, but that could have more to do with the home team's mindset of not expecting to win.
The floodlights have to be changed - currently they have the ones used for football matches. Although not completely ready yet, the stadium looks impressive, and should become one of the more noted venues in the subcontinent.
The triangular spaces under the stands outside have been used for furniture shops. The grassless plot next to the ground, which plays venue to about 20 simultaneous matches with a tape-tennis ball every evening and morning, adds to the stadium's reputation of being the home of Bangladesh cricket's new home.
Sidharth Monga May 2007,
Country: Bangladesh City: Chittagong Also Known As: Chittagong Divisional Stadium, Bir Shrestha Shahid Ruhul Amin Stadium, Chittagong Ends: Isphani End, UCB End Floodlights: Yes
Situated about half-an-hour outside the city centre, the Chittagong Divisional Stadium was one of the five purpose-built cricket grounds established in the run-up to the 2004 Under-19 World Cup. It was finally granted full international status in January 2006, ahead of Sri Lanka's visit to the country. The stadium itself is an unremarkable concrete bowl set in acres of prime agricultural land, with a three-tier pavilion providing the focal point.
Country: Bangladesh City: Khulna Also Known As: Khulna Divisional Stadium, Bir Shrestha Shahid Flight Lieutenant Motiur Rahman Stadium, Khulna.
The Khulna Divisional Stadium was one of the five purpose-built cricket grounds established in the run-up to the 2004 Under-19 World Cup. It was finally granted one-day international status in January 2006, ahead of Sri Lanka's tour. Khulna, situated in the south-western corner of the country, is the third-largest industrial centre in Bangladesh. It serves as a gateway to the seaport of Mongla and the Sundarbans, the home of the Royal Bengal Tiger. Khulna is also famous for shrimp processing and newsprint.
Unused:since 1973 - Rebuilt into a dedicated football stadium
Sheffield was the early home of Yorkshire cricket and Bramall Lane was at its centre. Its spectators were renowned as some of the most knowledgeable, partisan and vocal in the country, although opponents who proved themselves were warmly appreciated. But the venue was never an ideal cricket venue as it was primarily a football ground - its remains the home of Sheffield United and staged internationals as well as the 1912 FA Cup final replay. There was a certain irony that the site was chosen because of its clean air and good light; by the early 1900s it was renowned for soot-filled air and permanently gloomy aura, with local factories pumping out smoke to add to the choking smog. It was a surprise when Sheffield was chosen to stage a Test against Australia in 1902, less so when bad light was blamed for England's 143-run defeat. Poor attendances meant that the experiment was not repeated, although it did host one of the Victory Tests in 1945. Yorkshire upped sticks and changed their base to Leeds in 1903 and, while Bramall Lane remained a regular venue, economic pressures led to Yorkshire playing their final game there in 1973. That winter the football club filled in the open side of the ground with a new stand and its cricketing heritage was consigned to the history books.
City: Tunbridge Wells
Ends: Pavilion End, Railway End
The Nevill Ground is one of the most picturesque remaining on the county circuit and has been constantly used by Kent since they first played on it in 1901. The festival week, which usually takes place in June, is notable for the plethora of purple blooms on the rhododendron bushes around the perimeter. The ground itself is situated at Hawkenbury, on the southern outskirts of Tunbridge Wells. It is currently the smallest ground (by nominal seating capacity) regularly visited by Kent County Cricket Club. The London to Hastings railway line passes close to the ground; hence the bowling ends are the Pavilion End and the Railway End. Amenities at the ground are provided mainly from large marquees erected specifically for the first-class fixtures. A souvenir shop, beer tent, several snack bars and a small bookmakers' office are available at most first team games. Permanent toilet facilities are available at the rear of the Bluemantles stand. These are augmented by temporary facilities during first team matches.
The ground has staged one ODI, during the 1983 World Cup, and a remarkable game it was. India, who went on to win the tournament, were reduced to 78 for 7 by Zimbabwe before Kapil Dev blasted 175 to guide them to a 31-run victory.
In 1913 the pavilion was burned down by suffragettes and many of Kent's records were lost in the fire. In 1914-18 the ground was used to house the cavalry and the pitches suffered for some time afterwards.
City: Derby Known As: Racecourse Ground Established: 1863
Ends:Grandstand End, Scoreboard End
Known as The Racecourse Ground for many years as it used to be located inside the town's racecourse, Derbyshire's ground has often looked in the same dilapidated state as the team. Until 1982 it didn't have dedicated changing-rooms, so the players used the old jockeys' quarters. The course was scrapped in 1939 due to poor crowds and the cricket square moved to its present location. The ground can often be exposed to the elements, especially during a typical April or May day, so only the hardiest of supporters (and Derbyshire fans need to be a hardy bunch) will watch from the stands. However, recently the ground has undergone a notable transformation through some astute redevelopment, making it a much more pleasant location to watch cricket - if not always improving the weather. Parts were sold off to a hotel and leisure company and the Grandstand has been rebuilt to house an indoor school and a range of facilities for players, spectators and media. Perhaps the most famous part of the ground is Carol's Cabin, a food caravan that serves some of best pies on the county circuit. It has a following all of its own, and a visit to Derby is not really complete with a trip to the cabin.
City: Hove Also Known As:The PROBIZ County Ground, Hove
Ends: Cromwell Road End, Sea End
Hove has been the centre of cricket in the county since 1791 when the Prince Regent gave a piece of land to the local cricketers. This Prince of Wales ground was the first pitch used regularly by the county team from 1815 onwards but like many other grounds it was an ideal building site and was sold for development in 1847.
The Sussex County Cricket Club, as it is now, was formed in 1839 and thus has the distinction of being the oldest county side. All their home games were played on the Royal Brunswick ground close to the sea front until once again the extension of Brighton suburbs overran it. On the nearby Sandford Estate a field holding a good crop of barley was available and this was purchased by the club in 1871. With the barley harvested the turf was removed from Brunswick and relaid in its present position at the county ground where the first game took place against Kent in 1872.
The pavilion is large and has grown as needs demanded. It consists of various levels of balconies, odd stairways and a steeply banked seating terrace giving a square to the wicket view. The walls inside are covered with photographs and a glass case displays the early equipment of Joe Vine, Harry Butt and other famous names from the past. It is truly a cricket treasure house and often when looking for a particular item one finds something quite unexpectedly interesting.
The ground slopes slightly towards the sea and a ball from this end can sometimes get lost against the stand. This, and the sea fret which makes the ball swing and dip, can bring early thrills on a green wicket but too often when the life is gone it becomes so very placid.
Duleepsinhji, prince of batsmen, amassed 333 in a day's play here and the big hitting of H. T. Bartlett won him the Lawrence Trophy for a century in 57 minutes from the 1938 Australians, but these were insignificant beside the fantastic performance of Alletson of Nottingham who made his one and only big score of 189 in 90 minutes, the last 142 coming in 40 minutes after lunch.
Of all the great names of Sussex cricket perhaps Maurice Tate is remembered with the most affection. From 1912 he shouldered the bowling of Sussex and England over the next 25 years and when he finally sent down his last over Sussex honoured him with a magnificent pair of gates at the main entrance.
Towering blocks of flats now hem in the ends of the ground but they cannot change its character, for it has mellowed in the history of the game and is an area worthy of the best in cricket. Set no more than a long stone's throw from the sea, Hove has the atmosphere of a sea-side resort, and the deck chairs at the northern end add to that feel. The sea can bee glimpsed from the pavilion (side on to the wicket) and splendid views of the South Downs are partially obscured by the flats.
These days, Hove has a slightly decrepit air, but that adds to its appeal, and the clash of the old and new is best highlighted by the eight floodlights which tower of the ground.
Country:England City: Chelmsford Known As:The Ford County Ground Ends:River End, Hayes Close End Capacity: 6500 Floodlights: Yes
The County Ground has been the headquarters of Essex since 1967. The ground is notoriously windy but with great drainage following improvements in 1982. It is a compact ground for a county HQ, but nevertheless much use has been made of the space available. The ground has one double-decker seating area, marquees, executive suites and mostly single-tier seating. Its pavilion, built in the 1970s, has recently been extended and contains all sorts of memorabilia.. It is also one of the only two current grounds with permanent floodlights which were installed in 2002. Graham Gooch has scored most of his 40,000 plus first-class runs here and Essex have had their most successful seasons here, too. Surrey will remember one match for a different reason, though: in 983, they recorded their lowest innings of 14. The playing area, which slopes slightly from south-east to north-west, has been used for more than just cricket in the past: it was used for some time as a standby emergency helicopter landing place for the nearby hospital, until the casualty department was relocated.
Country:England City: Scarborough Known As:Queens Ends:Pavilion End, Trafalgar Square End Capacity: 11500
Scarborough's Marine Road ground first staged games in 1863 - games had been held at Castle Hill since 1849 - and Yorkshire have been almost ever-present visitors since 1878 (although they did not play a Championship game until 1896). Scarborough is perhaps best known for its end-of-season festival which for decades brought a glorious mixture of past and present to the seaside resort to play each other and also the tourists. In 1971 the Fenner Trophy, a four-team limited-over competition was instigated and was well received, running under various sponsors through to 1996. In 1976 and 1978 the ground was used for one-day internationals against West Indies and New Zealand. In 2005 Yorkshire signed a new deal with the ground authorities which ensured that the country would continue to play there until 2010.
The ground itself is next to the sea and is dominated by the raised pavilion built at a cost of £2150 in 1895. A new seating enclosure was added in 1902 and further extended over the next five years. A concrete stand was added in 1926 and in 1956 a new West Stand was erected. The largest attendance was against Derbyshire in 1947 when 22,946 attended.
Country:England City: Worcester Established:1899 Ends:New Road End, Diglis End Capacity: 4500 Floodlights: No
When people think of the perfect English cricket ground, New Road will be high on their list. It is on the banks of a river, tree-lined, and with the famous cathedral spire creating a stunning backdrop, while the Ladies Pavilion continues to churn out its famous cakes during tea intervals. The county ground was owned by the cathedral until 1976, when it was bought for £30,000. Worcestershire had moved to New Road in 1899, after playing at Boughton Park and the arrangements for the first game were made in such a rush that the sightscreens were still being painted when play started. During the winter New Road has often looked more suitable for rowing or water-skiing than cricket, as the proximity to the Rivers Teme and Severn cause regular flooding, and in the wet summer of 2007 more than half the season's matches were lost as the ground was underwater. With its excess moisture the pitch often helps the seamers, but it hasn't stopped the likes of Graeme Hick, Tom Graveney and Basil D'Oliveira making batting look simple against a succession of bowling attacks. D'Oliveira now has a stand named after him, the newest addition to New Road, but further development has been resisted and the ground retains its English charms.
Country:England City: Manchester Established:1857 Ends:Stretford End, Brian Statham End Capacity: 19000 Floodlights: Yes, Installed in 2011
Old Trafford, situated south of Manchester city centre, forms a famous sporting double act with the "other" Old Trafford, and is the third home of Lancashire County Cricket Club. They began life at Moss Lane until 1847, then moved to Chester Road before being evicted in 1856. Old Trafford has hosted Tests since 1884 and remains a special venue with a rich history. It guaranteed itself a place in cricket's eternal hall of fame when the permanently understated Jim Laker destroyed Australia, in 1956, on an old-fashioned "sticky wicket", with match figures of 19 for 90. Australia were the victims again in 1981 when Ian Botham lit up a damp Manchester day by hooking Dennis Lillee off his eyebrows into the stands, and in 1995 Dominic Cork ensured anyone having a Sunday morning snooze was rudely woken with one of most dramatic opening overs ever seen, as he took his hat-trick against West Indies. During the 1990s, Old Trafford became Lancashire's fortress of one-day cricket - few teams managed to break down the defences of the Red Rose one-day side. In 1999, over 22,000 watched Pakistan against India in the World Cup and the ground regularly sells out for international cricket. But it is now going through a transitional phase; the pavilion required major renovation work in the 2003 winter and two stands have been demolished. The realisation that a cricket ground spends much of the time idle has prompted Lancashire to introduce other sources of income, the Old Trafford Lodge being one of the most successful. Music concerts (such as the Move festival) have also been a huge success, and even though they are staged during the cricket season, the ground is ready for play a matter of days later.
Country:England City: Northampton Established:1885 Ends:Wantage Road End, Lynn Wilson Centre End Capacity: 6500
After disputes with their previous landlords at the Racecourse Ground, Northamptonshire bought a ploughed field in 1885 for £2000 on which they built a sports ground - apart from cricket, there was a cycle track 650 yards long, and facilities for lawn tennis, athletics and bowls. From 1897, football was also played. In 1891 the county voted not to allow women to use the cricket pitch; 40 years later it staged the first women's Test between England and Australia.
Surrounded by red-brick terraced houses, this is a ground of character rather than beauty. The north end is known as the Football Ground end as it adjoins the playing ground of Northampton Town Football Club. A new pavilion was constructed in 1979, lying alongside its predecessor, and a stand housing an indoor school. the wicket traditonally favours batsman, no more so than when Percy Fender his a century in 35 minutes here in 1920. Colin Blythe, one of the best wet wicket bowlers, took all 10 Northants wickets in an innings here on his way to the astonishing figures of 17 for 48 in a single day's play in 1907.
Country:England City: Chester-le-Street Also Known As:Emirates Durham ICG Established:1995 Ends:Finchale End, Lumley End Capacity: 5000 (17000 for internationals) Floodlights: No
hester-le-Street CC first used the ground in the 1990s. The first significant match played at Chester-le-Street was when Durham took on the touring New Zealanders in 1992, but it was when Durham were awarded first-class status in 1992 that the development really took off and an international-standard stadium has now been constructed. The hard work was rewarded in 1999 when the ground was awarded two matches in the World Cup, and the following year England played a NatWest Series game. In 2003, the venue because the first new Test ground in England since 1902 when it staged a match against ZImbabwe, and it is now has a firm place on the international fixture list, although Chester-le-Street still has to take in place in the pecking order below the established grounds.
It's a long walk from the train station or bus and, once there, spectators face a long day if exposed to the cold. And exposed is the word: the stands around three-quarters of the ground are fairly low, although compensation is made in some part by a fine view of Lumley Castle over the open eastern side from the west and south stands.
The old ground had a limited capacity, although 5000 watched the 1972 Gillette Cup tie against Surrey. In 2000, more than 15,000 watched an England ODI, although that capacity was reduced to 12000, which included a fair amount of temporary seating.
Country:England City: Bristol Established:1889 Also Known as: The Royal & Sun Alliance County Ground; Ashley Down Ground; Fry's Ground; Phoenix County Ground Ends: Pavilion End, Ashley Down Road End Capacity: 7000 (15,000 ODIs) Floodlights: Temporary
Country:England City: London Established:1845 Ends: Pavilion End, Vauxhall End Capacity: 23500 Floodlights: Yes, 2009 Also Known as: The Oval; The AMP Oval; The Foster's Oval; The Brit Oval; The Kia Oval
Country:India City: Amritsar Established:1933 Floodlights: No
Gandhi Sports Complex Ground is located in the city of Amritsar, Punjab, India. It is currently used for Cricket matches. The stadium was built in 1933 and is currently used as the home ground for two Indian domestic cricket team, Punjab and North Zone.
Country:India City: Indore Capacity: 30,000 Floodlights: Yes Also Known as: Maharani Usharaje Trust Cricket Ground
Holkar Cricket Stadium is located in Indore, Madhya Pradesh. It was earlier named Maharani Usharaje Trust Cricket Ground, but in 2010, Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association renamed it. It has a seating capacity of around 30,000 spectators. It is also equipped with flood lights for night matches. Virender Sehwag recorded the highest ODI score of 219 at this ground. Gwalior's Roop Singh Stadium is a bit smaller than Indore's Holkar Cricket Stadium.
Country:India City: Visakhapatnam Capacity: 25,000 Also Known as: Municipal Corporation Vizag Stadium
Indira Priyadarshini Stadium is located in the coastal city of Vishakapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. The stadium has hosted 5 ODI Matches and is also known as the Municipal Corporation Stadium. The first match was held on December 9, 1988 and the last of the 5 matches was held on April 3, 2001. The stadium has been discontinued from hosting ODI matches in favor of the newer ACA-VDCA Stadium.
Country:India City: Chennai Ends: Anna Pavilion End, V Pattabhiraman Gate End Capacity: 50000 Floodlights: Yes - Since the 1996 World Cup Named After: The President of BCCI, and also the President of the TNCA Also Known as: Chepauk; Madras Cricket Club Ground
Country: India City: Vadodara Capacity: 18,000 Also Known as: Motibaug Palace Ground
Moti Bagh Stadium is a cricket stadium located in Vadodara (estwhile Baroda), Gujarat. The ground form part of the Lakshmi Vilas Palace building complex - a spawling 700-acre (2.8 km2) complex in the heart of the city. The palace and the stadium, earlied belonged to the former rulers of Baroda and the patrons of cricket in Baroda - the Gaekwad.
The stadium has a seating capacity of 18,000 people. The use of the stadium for International cricket has been discontinued in favour of IPCL Sports Complex Ground.
Country: India City: Faridabad Established: 1981 Also Known as: Mayur Stadium Capacity: 25000
Nahar Singh cricket stadium in Faridabad was built in 1981. The first match, a Ranji trophy game between Haryana and Services was played in 1982 from November 22nd-24th. On 14.9.86 the then Chief Minister of Haryana sanctioned for the renovation of the stadium immediately.
From 22nd to 24th January 1987, a match between Pakistan under-25 versus Indian Board President's XI was played in this stadium. The first one-day international match was played between India and West Indies. The Indian team was led by Ravi Shastri and the West Indian side by Vivian Richards.
From Nov 5th to 7th 1988, a match between New Zealand versus North Zone. This game was a benefit match for Haryana player Sarkar Talwar and spinner Rajinder Goel. Later, three one day international matches were played.
The first match was between Pakistan under-19 vs under-19 Board President's XI in the 1990-91 season. The next match was in the 1992- 93 season between India and Zimababwe. And in 1994 the third one-day international was played between India and West Indies. The two captains were Kapil Dev for India and Courtney Walsh for West Indies. Significantly, this venue was the last one day international match for allrounder Kapil Dev.
In 1996, this ground hosted a game between Australia and South Africa in the Titan Cup series. The captains for the two sides were Hansie Cronje for South African and Mark Taylor for Australia.
The venue has also hosted the match between Ranji Winners Delhi and England. This apart, around 50 matches which includes Ranji Trophy, Duleep Trophy, Deodhar Trophy, and Wills Trophy have been played here. In 2nd October 1992, a match between Rest of India versus Haryana was played and Haryana team led by Kapil Dev defeated Rest of India. The coach of the Haryana side was Sarkar Talwar.
The ground has a capacity of to hold around 25,000 people. There are six center pitches and three practice pitches. There is also a modern pavilion with a suite which can has 200 seats. It also has a commentator box, box for media, press box, President box, Umpire room, health club, restaurant, billiards room, card room, and coffee shop. There is a outdoor tennis court. On the north side 9 stands have been constructed with an office and parking facility for minister's. The Nahar Singh stadium stands out as one of the most modern in North India having all facilities.
Country: India City: Chennai Also Known as: Corporation Stadium
The Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium is a Chennai stadium and seats 40,000. It hosts football (soccer), and athletic competitions. The complex also houses a multi purpose indoor stadium with a seating capacity of 8000 which hosts volleyball, basket ball, table tennis etc. The stadium is named after Jawaharlal Nehru, India's first Prime Minister. The stadium hosted nine Test Matches between 1956 and 1965.
The stadium is located at Sydenhams Road, Park Town behind the Chennai Central suburban Railway station and Rippon Building.
Nehru Stadium located in Indore, India is a cricket stadium with a capacity of 25,000. It is the Home ground for Holkars in Ranji trophy. The Stadium attained infamy when a ODI match between India and Sri Lanka on 25 December 1997 was abandoned after the 3rd over of the first innings. The game was abandoned because the captains, umpires felt that the pitch was dangerous for the players to play on. The match referee concurred and a 30 over exhibition match was held to placate the restless crowd.
Country: India City: Mohali Established: 1993 Capacity: 30,000
The Punjab Cricket Association Stadium is located at Mohali, just outside the city of Chandigarh. It is popularly referred to as the Mohali Stadium. The stadium is home to the Punjab team. Punjab's second international cricket stadium has been approved by BCCI in Bathinda, Punjab. The construction of the stadium took around INR 25 crore and 3 years to complete. The stadium has an official capacity of 30000 spectators. The stadium was designed by Arun Loomba and Associates, Panchkula.
Country: India City: Hyderabad Established: 2004 Named After: Rajiv Gandhi Floodlights: Six towers, completed April 7, 2008 Also Known as: Visaka International Cricket Stadium Ground Ends: Pavilion End, North End
Country: India City: Vadodara Also Known as: Indian Petrochemicals Corporation Ltd Sports Complex Ground
Vadodara has been the capital of the Gaekwad State and is a major industrial town in Gujarat, famous for the petrochemicals and fertilizers industry. The mix shows in the many cricket grounds in the town, two of them owned by industrial units. One of the four first-class and two international grounds in Vadodara, the IPCL Sports Complex Ground is part of the sprawling IPCL complex, situated about 10 kilometers from the city centre. The ground is owned and maintained by the IPCL and has taken preference over the oldest cricket ground in Asia - the Moti Bagh Stadium - for ODIs. The batsmen have traditionally enjoyed this high-scoring venue with a true wicket that holds up throughout the length of a 50-over game.
Country: India City: Jaipur Capacity: 30000 Floodlights: Yes
The Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur has hosted a solitary Test match, in February 1987, when Pakistan President Gen Zia-ul-Haq hopped across the border to watch the second day's play as part of his "Cricket for Peace" initiative. The game sputtered to a draw after the third day's play was abandoned following heavy rain and a controversy over the alleged deposition of sawdust on the wicket which Pakistan objected to. Jaipur had made its international debut with an india-Pakistan ODI in 1983-84 and it also hosted World Cup matches in 1987 and 1996. But it seemed destined to be a one-Test wonder and a cricketing backwater until Lalith Modi took charge of the Rajasthan Cricket Association. There followed a major renovation programme which transformed a dull concrete bowl and also led to the establishment of an academy next to the ground. It was not coincidence that, with Modi at the helm, the ground hosted a number of matches in the 2006-07 Champions Trophy.
Before the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali, there was the Sector 16 Stadium in Chandigarh - the home of cricket in the Union Territory. The likes of Kapil Dev, Chetan Sharma and Yograj Singh started playing cricket at the Sector 16 Stadium. After the stadium in Mohali was built, there was no first-class cricket at the Sector 16 Stadium for 10 years before Haryana ended the barren spell by playing the Ranji Trophy Plate League semi-final in 2004-05. The stadium got a fresh lease of life when the Haryana Cricket Association decided to stage the ODI against Australia at the venue. The Sector 16 Stadium last hosted an ODI in 1992-93, when India beat England by five wickets.
The University Ground was a test cricket stadium in Lucknow, India. The first and the only international Test match was played on 23–26 October 1952 between India and Pakistan. The venue however was not as popular to Green Park Stadium in the nearby city of Kanpur which hosted most of the Test matches. The stadium lies on the banks of the River Gomti. In 1994, the K.D. Singh Babu Stadium took its place as the city's premier cricket ground. The ground has a seating capacity of 52,000.
Country:New Zealand City: Whangarei Established: 2006/2007 Floodlights: No
The Cobham Oval is a cricket ground in Whangarei, New Zealand that stages only first-class matches. It is one of the home grounds for the Northern Districts Knights. It is named after the former Governor General, Charles Lyttelton, 10th Viscount Cobham.
A new Cobham Oval was built in 2006. A One Day International against Zimbabwe (2nd ODI) is to be held on Waitangi Day (6th February 2012) and a Test cricket match against Sri Lanka is to be held in January 2015.
Also Known as: Lahore Gymkhana; Lawrence Gardens
Bagh-e-Jinnah ground, previously known as the Lawrence Gardens, dates back to the days of the British rule and, according to historians, cricket started being played here in the 1880. The Maharaja of Jammu and Kashmir and his counterpart, of Patiala, had regular fixtures against Lahore Gymkhana, Punjab XI and other teams on this ground.
The ground played host to friendly matches, competitive fixtures as well as a British Army vs World XI and a Commonwealth XI vs Punjab XI before playing host to Pakistan's first unofficial Test against the West Indies in 1948. A few more unofficial Tests later, Bagh-e-Jinnah became a Test venue when Pakistan took on India in 1955. New Zealand and West Indies also played a Test here before Bagh-e-Jinnah lost its Test status as it played second fiddle to Gaddafi Stadium but still hosts tour matches involving visiting nations, especially England.
Country:Pakistan City: Sargodha Also Known as: Sargodha Stadium
Sargodha Stadium is a cricket ground in Pakistan. It was formerly known as the Sargodha Sports Stadium. The Stadium plays host to the Sargodha cricket team. It doesn't have good facilities and as a reason, only a solitary one-day international game is hosted by the venue. The single ODI match played at the Sargodha Stadium was played on January 10th, 1992 between Pakistan and Sri Lanka. It was a 40-over game and Pakistan won it by 8 wickets. Situated in the region of Faisalabad, the Sargodhan Stadium has been hosting first-class and List A matches on regular basis.
Sheikhupura Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium in Sheikhupura, Pakistan. It is currently used mostly for cricket matches. The stadium holds 15,000 people and hosted its first test match in 1996, when Pakistan played Zimbabwe there. This was followed by another test a year later between Pakistan and South Africa.
Zafar Ali Stadium is situated in the Sahiwal region of Pakistan. It was formerly known as the Sahiwal Stadium. The Zafar Ali Stadium is also home to Sargodha cricket team in the domestic circuit. The stadium doesn't have a big capacity, flood lights and other facilities. No World Cup matches are hosted by this venue. The first international match at this stadium was an ODI game between Pakistan and England on December 23rd, 1977. The match was won by England by three wickets. But now it has been more than three decades that an international game has been hosted by the Zafar Ali Stadium.
Country:South Africa City: Johannesburg Capacity: 34,000 Ends: Corlett Drive End, Golf Course End No Unused: Since 1946 - Built over by Johannesburg Railway Station Also Known as: Old Wanderers Front Ground, Old Wanderers No. 1 Ground
Country:Sri Lanka City: Colombo Capacity: 35,000 Floodlights: Yes Ends: Khettarama End, Maligawatte End Named After: Former Sri Lanka president Ranasinghe Premadasa Also Known as: Khettarama Stadium (until June 1994)
Country: West Indies City: St Lucia Established: 2002 Named After: The nearby Beausejour hills Also Known as: Beausejour Stadium Capacity: 15,000 (increasing to 20,000) Floodlights: Yes Ends: Pavilion End, Media Centre End
Country:West Indies City: Castries, St Lucia Also Known as: Victoria Park
Mindoo Philip Park is a cricket stadium located in Castries, Saint Lucia. It is a home venue for the Windward Islands cricket team. However, first class cricket has not been played since 2001 due to the construction of Beausejour Stadium.
Country:West Indies City: Antigua Established: Feb 10, 2007 Named After: Sir Vivian Richards Floodlights: Four towers, first tested Nov 10, 2006 Capacity: 10,000 (20,000 for 2007 World Cup) Ends: Media Centre End, Pavilion End
Bulawayo Athletic Club is a cricket club that competes in Zimbabwe's National League competition. It is also the name given to the club's ground. It can hold over 12,000 spectators.
The ground has hosted a single Test match against New Zealand in November 1992. It was thus the second venue in Zimbabwe to host a Test match. A One Day International was played there just prior to the Test.
The Test match was hit by poor weather, poor attendances and a poor wicket. Along with these factors, the local cricket administrators believed that nearby Queens Sports Club had better potential as an international venue. Therefore, when Test cricket was next played in Bulawayo, it was at that venue instead.
The ground was affected by fire, causing damages of up to US$400,000, in mid 2007.
The Kwekwe Queens Club in Kwekwe town hosts one of Zimbabwe's Major provincial cricket sides - Midlands. Their cricket ground has been host to several first class and one day matches and has even hosted some internationals - most notably against Kenya. Kwekwe also hosts a variety of touring sides versus Zimbabwe 'A' teams. It has also hosted a single ODI, against New Zealand.
Country: Singapore City: Padang Ends: Supreme Court and Parliament House End
Pavilion End FloodLights: No
The Padang is an open field located within the Downtown Core of the Central Area in Singapore, at the heart of Singapore's central business district. It was formerly known as the Padang Cricket Ground. The Padang is surrounded by several important landmarks, which include Saint Andrew's Cathedral, City Hall, the Old Supreme Court Building and the City Hall MRT Station.