Cricket is the most enthusiastically watched sports in the world especially in Asia and for East Asia. It’s a game of Gentleman which is the National game of United Kingdom. Do you know what makes a stadium distinguished to stand it in competitive line?
- Capacity of Spectators
- The quality of Pitch
- The affection of Site
- Predication of Popularity
- Historical Values
Obviously, the spectators are known as the 12th player in this game. Indeed, their Vim makes it memorable. Lets not waste time and have a look on top 10 Best Cricket Stadiums in the world.
1. The Lords Cricket Stadium
- Location: London, England
- Capacity: 31,100
- Establishment: It was established in 1814 and Thomas Lord was its founder.
The number one on our list of best cricket stadiums is no other than the Home of Cricket, The Lords. You know why? Yes! It’s the oldest cricket stadium in the world.
Despite going through numerous renovations works, Lords still holds a special place in the cricketing world.
It is always the dream for any cricketer for Playing a Test match at Lords at some point in their career.
The Lords cricket stadium has an honor who has hosted more ICC Cricket World finals than any other stadium.
Many unique and different iconic features make Lords the best cricket stadium in the world.
Lords is the first stadium to start ringing the bell tradition to start the match.
Another famous tradition of Lords is the Long Room, where players walk out to enter the field. Only MCC members and special guests are allowed in there filled with famous cricketer’s paintings.
It has a unique honor board that presents names of players to have scored 100 or taken five wickets in innings or ten wickets in the match there.
Lords is home to the world’s oldest sports museum which is MCC Museum. It has a collection of historical cricket memorabilia.
Besides cricketing history, Lords is well-known for having a sloping outfield.
The northwest area of the field is 2.5m higher than the southeast area, which influences the match and makes the ground stand out. Yes, if you know, then you know.
2. Melbourne Cricket Ground
- Location: Melbourne, Australia
- Capacity: 1,00,024
- Establishment: 1853
The Melbourne ground is the second biggest cricket stadium and the eleventh largest sports stadium globally, with a total seat capacity of 1,00,024.
It was the main stadium for the 1956 Olympic Games, 2006 Commonwealth Games and two Cricket World Cups in 1992 and 2015 which attracted the attention of whole crowed.
Interestingly, During World war – II, From 1942 until 1945 it was occupied by the United States Army Air Forces, the Royal Australian Air Force, the United States Marine Corps and again the RAAF respectively.
The ground has been used for Cricket, Football, Tennis, Soccer, Rugby and Athletics.
3. Perth Stadium
After the Melbourne Cricket stadium it is the third largest cricket stadium in Australia.
Perth cricket stadium is regarded as the home of the cricket in Australia.
The pitch of this ground is made by WACA which is an attractive ground for fast and swing bowlers. This is one of the quickest and bounciest in the world.
The redevelopment work of this ground was started in 2021 and completed in 2023.
In March 1958, the first women’s cricket Test match was held in Perth. This match was played at the WACA Ground, and ended in a draw. This match was also the WACA Ground’s first Test match.
4. Adelaide Oval
Location South Australia.
This cricket stadium is located in South Australia with a 53853 seating capacity .It is the oldest and very famous cricket stadium in the world.
This cricket stadium is mainly used for cricket and Australian football but is also used for rugby league, rugby union, soccer, tennis as well as other sports.
This is one of the most picturesque Test cricket ground in Asia.
The oval dimensions of this ground both unusually long and unusually narrow.
In 1873 December 13, The first cricket game is played on the ground between Australian born players and players born overseas.
5. Dubai Sports City Cricket Stadium
Located in: Dubai Sports City
Dubai stadium has a capacity of 25,000 spectators, but is expandable to 30,000 spectators.
The architect of this project was the Canadian architect Mr. Awsam Matloob.
The stadium was one of the dedicated venues for the 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup after which it became a second ground for South Asian teams.
The first ODI cricket match was played between Australia and Pakistan on April 22, 2009. Match was won by Pakistan.
The stadium’s first ODI player to take a five-wicket haul was Shahid Afridi with 6/38.
The auspicious crowd and scenic view makes it a beautiful and peaceful place to enjoy.
6. Galle International Stadium
Location: Colombo, Sri Lanka
The beautifully sited stadium is situated near Galle Fort and fringed on two sides by the Indian Ocean.
It is considered to be one of the most picturesque cricket grounds in the world.
The ground conditions generally favors spin bowling due to venue and atmospheric conditions.
The Galle Cricket Club pavilion was formerly the main pavilion of the stadium, and was opened on 18 September 1955. On 26 December 2004, the ground was devastated by the tsunami but later on it was renovated.
Ground is considered favorable to the Sri Lankan side which has several good spin bowlers and also a batting line up.
7. Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium
The Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium is located in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
It was opened in May 2004. The first-class match was played between Scotland and Kenya in the Intercontinental Cup 2004.
The stadium has a large stand at either end It can hold 20,000 people.
The 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup was the first ICC tournament to be hosted by the UAE.
The first 20 games of 2014 Indian Premier League was held in this ground.
Sheikh Zayed Stadium cost $22 million to build and is arguably one of the world’s finest cricket grounds.
8. Newlands Cricket Ground
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Newlands is regarded as one of the most beautiful cricket grounds in the world as it is overlooked by Table Mountain and Devil’s Peak.
It is known as the home of the Cape Cobras.
The ground hosted its first Test match on 24 March 1889 when England defeated South Africa by an innings and 202 runs.
The first One Day International played at the ground was on 7 December 1992.
There have been 55 Test matches played at the ground of which South Africa has won 23, their opponents 21 and 11 which ended in a draw.
9. Sydney Cricket Ground
Location: Sydney, Australia
Sydney cricket stadium is the most oldest and beautiful cricket stadium in the world with the 48601 seating capacity.
In 1895 the first England touring team host this ground.
It is the home ground for the New South Wales Blues cricket team,
the Sydney Sixers of the Big Bash League and the Sydney Swans of the Australian Football League.
Sydney Cricket Ground is traditionally one of the most spin-friendly international cricket grounds in Australia.
10. Narendra Modi Stadium
Location. Ahmadabad ,Gujarat India
Establishment . 1983
Narenda Modi cricket stadium is a large cricket stadium with 132000 seating capacity.
Firstly this stadium was known as the Gujarat stadium.
Then stadium was named first sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the first Home Minister and Deputy Prime Minister of India.
After that this stadium was renamed Narendra Modi Stadium after the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi on 24 February 2021.
The stadium was constructed in 1983 and was first renovated in 2006.
Apart from cricket, the stadium has hosted several programs arranged by the Government.