Top Ten Cricket Stadiums
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Cricket is the game of passion all over the world. It is being played since long. And still winning the heart of its fans because of its fluctuating winnings and losing matches. Recent event of Cricket was played a few months ago that was the World cup-2015. This event was the best entertaining event ever in the cricket history.
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As far as stadiums are concern, every country who has a team, will surely have a cricket ground. Stadiums are places where cricket matches are held and spectators can easily enjoy the match. Best stadiums for the cricket are located mostly in Australia, England, Pakistan and India. The reason behind this is obvious. That is their love and demand for the cricket.
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It is difficult to compare the grounds and rank them accordingly for the top ten. But here goes the detail of top ten cricket stadiums all over the world, which is based on various factors like atmosphere, pitch, capacity of audience, location and many others.
The Oval Stadium of London is one of the most beautiful ground. It is not just loved in England, but it is ranked first in all over the world’s cricket stadiums. The factors that made it so lovable is its audience capacity, climate and high pitch quality. It is an old ground built in 19th century. It was managed by Surrey County Cricket Club, for it was their home ground. This stadium is now sponsored Kia Oval, That is the main reason behind the name of this London stadium.
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This stadium has the honor to host the first International cricket match ever in the history. Previously, some of the football matches were also organized. Many FA Cups have been played there at oval stadium.
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The stadium located in the Melbourne city of Australia is regarded as the 12th largest ground of the world. Besides, It is ranked first within Australia on the basis of its area. It has the highest light tower ever in the world.
Government of Victoria is the owner, while the stadium is managed by Melbourne Cricket Club.
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It got fame due to its biggest capacity for the audience. Two Cricket ODI World cup matches have been played there yet. One of 1992 and second is the recent one of 2015. In winter, AFL matches are also played there.
Melbourne Cricket stadium has also the part in World War. Because, the ground have been remained under military use in Second World War for various army uses.
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The stadium located in St John’s Wood, London is the well-known ground all over the world. It is established in 1814 and now being owned by Marylebone Cricket Club.It is Given the name Lord in honor of its founder, who has also establish some other stadiums named Lord’s Old Ground and Lord’s Middle Ground.
One Of the oldest Sports museum is also lies within the vicinity of the Lords Stadium, which is name as MCC Museum. It has tremendous collection of fine and antique cricket items. This museum attracts huge visitors from all over the world. The process of its collection is as old as 1864. It has the cricket kits of most famous cricketers of the history.
MCC also dedicated comprehensive library containing enormous collection of books on the cricket.
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Having location in the beautiful country New Zeeland, Queenstown is more specifically situated in Otago in the South Island. The Island is the richest in beautiful and wonderful sceneries, which made the stadium to be listed in top ten on the basis of its spectacular venue, beauty and atmosphere as well.
Besides cricket some other sports and events are also happening there including, Rugby, swimming, fitness training, tennis, netball and football.
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This ground hosts some of the local cricket matches, like school matches. While internationally it has hosted all three formats of cricket.
This stadium is recently established in 2010, also named some time as Muttiah Muralitharan International Cricket Stadium in honor of Sri Lankan legendary player. Most of the analyst reported the ground among the beautiful stadiums of universe, particularly for its superb venue.
Pallekele Stadium is owned by Sri Lanka Cricket and has the capacity of 35,000 spectators. The matches of 2011 ODI World Cup and 2012 ICC T20 World Cup was played there.
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Eden Garden is located in Kolkata, the city of India, which was establish on 1864, having capacity of 64,000. Now it is owned and operated by Cricket Association of Bengal. Eden Garden is also some time named as ricket’s answer to the Colosseum, and regarded as most iconic stadium of the cricket.
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There is a list of huge records which were made in the ground. Many International World Cups matches have been organized there. These were WC of 1987, 1996 and 2011. This stadium of Kolkata also hosted two Women World cup matches. These were 1978 and 1997 Cups.
Having location in Illovo, Sandton, Johannesburg, the Wanderers stadium of South Africa has the capacity of 34, 000 people. Formerly, it was named Gauteng.
South Africa host most of the International Icc Cricket matches there at Wanderers stadium, Besides, first class cricket of south Africa also organized there.
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It was rebuild in 1956, repairing most of the old Wanderers. Low height light towers were replaced by the bigger one.
2003 World Cup matches were organized in the stadium. While 2009 IPL matches, especially its final was played in this stadium. A lot of world records were made there. The most significant among them was the fastest half century scored by the brilliant and legendary player named Ab De Villiers. Most notable is, he also scored fastest century breaking previous record of Cory Anderson. Ab de Villiers ended his owning at the wonderful strike rate of 338. This match was really worth watching again again.
Sydney cricket ground is simply abbreviated as “SCG”. SCG is the popular stadium of Australia after Melbourne Cricket ground. It was established in 1854 and is located in the lovely city of Sydney Moore Park, New South Wales. It has the capacity of more than 48,000 people.
SCG is owned by Government of New South Wales, while it is operated by Sydney Cricket Ground Trust. It was among the venues of 2015 Cricket world cup matches.
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Besides cricket, some other sports are also played there, including local football and Rugby. Events like Australian Rule Football and Rugby leagues are well organized there in the stadium of Sydney.
WACA is the short termed abbreviation of Western Australian Cricket Association. Western Australian Cricket Association is the owner and manager of the stadium, who look after and operate the whole stadium. It has the capability to host 25,000 spectators at a time.
It is regarded as western Australia’s Home of cricket since 1890. WACA has the most bouncy pitch, not just in Australia but all over the world. This bouncy nature is advantageous for Australian cricketer.
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One of the most significant memory related to the stadium was biting of cricket by the then Pakistani Captain and all rounder Shahid Khan Afridi. This happened in one of the series of Pakistan with Australia in 2010. Afridi was punished by penalizing for two next matches.
Newlands stadium is located in Cape Town, South Africa. It has the capacity of 25,000. Newlands stadium is regarded as the most gorgeous and beautiful ground of the world. Due to its sponsorships, the stadium is named officially as “Sahara Park Newlands” Or simply Newlands.
This stadium supports all formats of cricket i.e T20, ODI and Tests matches.
First International test match was played in 1889, which was played between England and South Africa. While ODI was first played between India and South Africa In 1992.
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Most Significant event that was hosted by South Africa was one of 2003 World cup. Most of the matches were played in this stadium of Newlands Cricket Ground of South Africa.
Wheather it is One day, test or T20 match. The stadium matters a lot. Despite how the awesome pitch is constructed, the people are fetched by the beauty of stadium, lighting system, capacity and other facilities.
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