Sports stadiums are the colosseums of the modern world. They are a gathering place for millions of sports fans around the world to witness the trials and triumphs of their favourite teams and players. As cricket has grown in popularity, so have cricket grounds around the world. Here we feature six iconic cricket stadiums from around the world:
Lord’s – London, UK
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Commonly referred to as the ‘Home of Cricket’, Lord’s is a historic cricket stadium with a seating capacity of 28,000. Lord’s is named after Thomas Lord, an English professional cricketer. The stage holds the visitors spellbound with its unique architectural views. It had witnessed many unforgettable wins including India’s 1983 and England’s 2019 World Cup wins. Five finals of the Cricket World Cups have been played here. In 2014, Lord’s celebrated its 200th anniversary.
Melbourne Cricket Ground – Melbourne, Australia
The Melbourne Cricket Ground is one of the most beautiful stadiums in Australia. It is the home of the Melbourne Cricket Club, one of the oldest cricket clubs down under. The ground has a mammoth capacity of 100,000 spectators and has hosted two Cricket World Cup final,s in 1992 and 2015.
The Oval – London, UK
“The Oval” is considered one of the most significant international cricket stadiums. Home to Surrey County Cricket Club, the venue is the second great cricket location in London with a capacity of around 26,000. It became the second ground to host an International Test match in 1880 between England and Australia.
Eden Gardens – Kolkata, India
Eden Gardens is the biggest cricket venue in India and the second-largest cricket stadium in the world after the MCG. This stadium has the capacity to accommodate more than 80,000 fans! It was established back in 1864, hosting Test cricket since 1934, and One Day Internationals since 1987. Eden Gardens has set the stage for many memorable World Cup matches, World Twenty20 and Asia Cup fixtures. Who can forget “Remember the name” moment when Carlos Brathwaite hit four sixes off Ben Stokes and West Indies clinched their 2nd T20 World Cup title?
Gaddafi Stadium – Lahore, Pakistan
Gaddafi Stadium is situated in Lahore, the cultural capital of Pakistan and the seat of power for the Mughal Empire. Nestled amongst architectural monuments such as the Minaret of Pakistan and Badshahi Mosque, the stadium is the largest in the country with a capacity of 27,000. Designed by the famous architect Nasreddin Murat-Khan, the stadium is home to Pakistan Cricket Board and the was the venue for the 1996 ODI World Cup.
Wankhede Stadium – Mumbai, India
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With its seaside location and red-soiled pitch, Wankhede stadium has been recognised as one of the most beautiful stadiums. Although the pitch is renowned for favouring spinners, the two most iconic performances here have both been with the bat, with Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s World Cup-winning performance in 2011 and Sachin Tendulkar’s 200th Test hundred just two of the feats that spectators here have been fortunate enough to witness.
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