Country-wise one best cricket ground
Long forgotten Pakistan's Gadaffi Stadium and Zimbabwe's Queen's Sports Club feature the list of best stadiums.
Published - Jun 8, 2019 7:16 am | Updated - Jan 28, 2020 7:07 pm
Cricket is a sport which has flourished in various parts of the world since the start of this century. One of the things which have brought the game closer to spectators is the atmosphere on cricket grounds. There are various stadiums around the world which have hosted gentlemen’s game but very few of them have a special place in the heart of cricketing fans.
Nowadays every country has its own iconic venue and it has helped the game become a global sport. These stadiums merge the game with the cultural and natural beauty of the nation. Along with its unique features, it has also witnessed some of the greatest moments in the history of the game.
Here is the list of country-wise one best cricket ground
1. Lord’s – England
One of the iconic destinations to watch the gentlemen’s game is the Lord’s cricket ground in London. It was founded in 1814 by Thomas Lord and now it is known as the “Mecca of cricket”. The beauty of the Worcester River can be enjoyed in full flow from the stadium which can accommodate 30,000 spectators. Along with its oldest sporting museum and stylish dining rooms it is also famous for its Media centre.
Nobody can forget the Grace Gates which allows the players to step on to one of the best cricketing venues. Before the start of every match, an international superstar is invited to ring the bell. There is a slope across the field which makes the north-west side 2.5 meters higher than the south-east one and the bowlers get benefitted of this unique feature. Till now it has hosted 137 Test matches and 61 ODIs and more importantly 4 World Cup finals.
2. Sabina Park – West Indies
Whether their team wins or loses the people from Caribbean land always enjoy their cricket and especially in a stadium like Sabina Park which is full of history. It is situated in the backdrop of beautiful Blue mountains. Here there is a Party stand where the fans can enjoy food and drinks during the live action. It has a seating capacity of around 20,000 people.
During the peak of West Indies cricket Sabina Park’s pace and bounce often troubled the batsmen. For the first time in the history of test cricket, a game was abandoned due to the unfit playing conditions in 1998. It was the ground where the first triple century was stroked in the red ball format. In its 89 year history, it has been part of 91 international games.
3. Wankhede Stadium – India
The Indian fans will always remember the final six hit by Dhoni in the 2011 World Cup final and after 28 years the title returned to the Indian shores via Wankhede Stadium. It is situated close to the famous Marine drive. The stadium is also known for its bull ring structure where the stands appear adjacent to the outfield. There is no beam support provided to the roof to give a better view of the action to the spectators.
It consists of Cantilever beams and the Teflon roof. Here the ball travels quickly as it is nearby to the Indian Ocean. Wankhede represents the passion of Indian fans towards the game of cricket perfectly as the noise levels reach a new decibel scale during the live action. With a seating capacity of 33000, it has seen some of the best moments of Indian cricket history.
4. Adelaide Oval – Australia
The South Hemisphere country is home to some of the iconic grounds in the history of the game. In a cricketing fraternity, Melbourne Cricket ground holds a special place because of its large dimensions but when it comes to appealing looks Adelaide Oval is the superior one. The river and cathedral which is nearby the ground give it a stunning makeover.
It was built in the year 1873 and until now it has been part of 166 international matches. Apart from cricket, the ground is also utilized for rugby and soccer ties and sometimes it also a venue for music concerts. The world of cricket witnessed the first Day/Night test in Adelaide Oval. The infamous Bodyline series reached its peak in this stadium and it can hold up to 53,000 people.
5. Newlands Cricket Stadium – South Africa
South Africa is a country which is full of scenic destinations and one of them is definitely Newlands cricket stadium. It is nestled at the foot of Table mountains and Devil’s Peak. The cloud cover at the top of the mountains is the most decorated view from the stadium. Even though there are stands it still consists of grass embankments which makes it a unique experience for the spectators.
The stadium was established in 1888 and in its history of 120 years it has hosted 117 games. It has a seating capacity of 25000 people and there are trees and chalets surrounding the venue. Like its open grassed stands it has lush green outfield. It hosted its first ODI game in 1992 when the nation returned to the cricketing fold after Apartheid. The pitch favours spin bowling and most of the country’s tweakers come from this part.
6. Eden Park – New Zealand
Grant Elliot hitting a six off Dale Steyn’s bowling to send the Black Caps into the finals of 2015 World Cup is still fresh in the minds of cricketing lovers and that happened in Eden Park, New Zealand. Apart from cricket, it is also used for football and Rugby games. It became a Test venue in the year 1934 and until now it has been part of more than 140 international games.
It is a unique shaped ground that resembles a baseball diamond. Its floodlights are really charming and that’s why Eden Park become the first venue in the country to host a Day/Night test. Over the years it has been remodeled according to requirements and now during a cricket game 41000 people can enjoy the game. It has one of the largest kitchens and there is also a canopy that hangs over one side of the stadium.
7. Galle – Sri Lanka
There is a touch of elegance everywhere in this island nation and it is purely visible in their Galle cricket stadium in Sri Lanka. Here people celebrate the cricketing ties as festivals. The drums and trumpets are the major attractions of this stadium. It is also known as Esplanade as it consists of grass banks where the audience can enjoy the game in the lap of nature.
The stadium is cornered on two sides by the Indian ocean and it gives a striking view of the UNESCO heritage site, Galle Fort. With a seating capacity of 35,000, it is the largest stadium in Sri Lanka and regularly hosts Test matches. The legend Muttiah Muralitharan took his 800th test wicket on this venue. It has hosted 40 international games in 20 years and has been a happy hunting ground for the home side.
8. Dubai International Stadium – U.A.E.
Currently, the Pakistan team play most of their home games in the Middle East. One of their adopted venues is Dubai International Stadium which is a multi-purpose stadium. It consists of 350 floodlights which gives an attractive viewing experience to the audience. DSC can hold up to 25000 people and the luxurious facilities in the changing rooms are second to none.
The ground is bowl-shaped and the light arrangement lits up the Dubai Skyline. Popularly known as “Ring of Fire”, it doesn’t have any floodlight towers which minimizes the shadow of objects. In 2016 it became the first Asian venue to host a Day/Night test and in less than a decade it has been part of 94 international ties. The pitch here normally aids spinners which is the strength of Pakistan side.
9. Queen’s Sports Club – Zimbabwe
Established in the 1890’s it is one of the key stadiums of Zimbabwe apart from the Harare Sports Club. It is one of the picturesque venues with an old pavilion and a lot of trees surrounding the ground. The Queens Sports Club consists of grass banking and old stands which really gives a retro look to the stadium. Here the audience will not see lush green outfield.
With a seating capacity of 13000, the atmosphere in Queens Park is delightful when the fans are singing and dancing during the action. The spectators enjoy the shade just below the dressing room. There are no floodlights which allow it to host only day games. In 25 years it has become home to 107 international games and it hosted its first Test match way back in 1994.
10. Gaddafi Stadium – Pakistan
Gaddafi Stadium has a special place in the history of Pakistan cricket and it was established in the year 1959. Built by a famous architect, Nasreddin Murat-Khan it was named in the honour of the former Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. In the 1996 World Cup, it was redesigned in Mughal style with hand-laid brickwork and arches. At night it provides an aesthetic view to the audience.
It was the first Pakistan ground to get equipped with modern floodlights. In its initial days, it was able to hold 60,000 people but nowadays its capacity has reduced to 27,000. Hearing the name of this stadium might send chills down the spine of Sri Lankan cricketers but the island nation won the 1996 World Cup on this same venue. Since its inception, it has hosted 40 test matches and 61 ODIs and its beauty is still intact.
These venues have always given the spectators a visual treat and its aura has helped the game in various ways.