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Sunday, 4 October 2015

7 beautiful cricket stadiums in the world

7 beautiful cricket stadiums in the world

Cricket has become one of the most followed sports across the globe. Apart from the game, the look and feel of the stadiums play an important role in adding up the number of fans. When you think about the most beautiful cricket stadiums in the world, name such as HPCA, Lords, the Melbourne Cricket Ground and few others come to mind. These are famous venues for international cricket and have hosted high voltage international contests. There are grounds which are located amidst nature and are renowned for their natural beauty. Here, we look at the 7 most beautifully structured cricket grounds in the world:

1.HPCA Stadium, Dharamshala

The Dharamshala stadium has become quite popular because of the Indian Premier League matches. It saw the arrival of IPL matches in 2010 while the first international game was played in 2013. The stadium which was constructed in 2003 is considered to be the most beautiful stadium in the world. It can be best described as a continuation of the Himalayas at an elevation of 4,110 feet above sea level. The ground is overlooked by the snow-capped peaks of the Dhauladhar range. The outfield has winter rye grass scattered all across, which can survive at temperatures below 10 degrees. It has a capacity of 23,000.

2.Newlands, Cape Town

The ground hosted its first Test match on 24 March 1889 when England defeated South Africa by an innings and 202 runs. It was constructed in 1888 and has a capacity of 25,000. Newlands, home of Western Province Cricket, has been described as one of the most beautiful cricket grounds in the World. Being overlooked by Table Mountain and Devil’s Peak, this stadium is a mark of natural beauty. The ground’s official name is “Sahara Park Newlands”, acknowledging a commercial sponsorship arrangement. It is still often referred to by its historic name, simply “Newlands”.

3.The Dubai International Cricket Stadium

Dubai International Stadium, formerly known as the Dubai Sports City Cricket Stadium, is a multi-purpose stadium in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The stadium which was built in 2009 is mainly used for cricket. It has a capacity of 25,000 spectators, but is expandable to 30,000 spectators. The Dubai International Stadium is lit by a special system of floodlights named ‘Ring of Fire’. Unlike other stadiums in the world, this stadium has the lights fixed around the circumference of the round roof of the stadium. It has 350 numbers of floodlights attached in series.

4.Adelaide Oval, Adelaide

Adelaide Oval is one of the most picturesque Test cricket grounds in the world. It is located in the parklands between the city centre and North Adelaide. The ground was established in 1871 and has a seating capacity of 53,583. It is the home ground of Sir. Donald Bradman and also holds the statue of the Legendary batsman outside the stadium. It has translucent fabric roof structures for shade over the stands. The stadium is mostly used for cricket.

5.Lords Cricket Ground, London

It is the most historical cricket ground in the world. Lords is also referred as the “Home of Cricket” and the “Mecca of Cricket”. It is one of the oldest cricket venues. The stadium which has a sitting capacity of 28,000, was built in 1814. The Lords Pavilion consists of a small balcony for players to watch the play. It also contains two Honor Boards which consists of the name of the batsmen who have scored a century and the bowlers who took five wickets in a Test innings and ten wickets in a Test match. The Media Centre was commissioned in time for the 1999 Cricket World Cup and was the first all-aluminum, semi-monocoque building in the world. It was built and fitted-out in two boatyards and uses boat-building technology.

Queenstown Events Centre, New Zealand

Opened in 1997, the venue is located on Queenstown Lakes District Council–owned land and is a multi-purpose indoor and outdoor venue. The Stadium has a capacity of 19,000 spectators with 6,000 permanent seating and normally 13,000 temporary called in. Regarded as one of the most spectacular international cricket venues in the world, the ground is located between the foot of the Remarkables (it is a mountain range and skifield in Otago in the South Island of New Zealand) and the shores of Lake Wakatipu with Queenstown International Airport’s Runway threshold nearby affording amazing views of large aircraft taking off and landing.

7.Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne

MCG is the short form of Melbourne Cricket Ground and it is considered as the largest cricket stadium in the world. It was established in 1854 and has a total capacity of over 95,000. Melbourne Cricket Ground has great importance in the history of cricket because it has hosted the first ever international Test match which was played between Australian and England in 1877 and the first ever ODI match between the above mentioned teams in 1971. The Aussies defeated English in both the events.

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