Talking about cricket grounds, the most common names comes to our mind are Lords, Melbourne cricket ground, The Oval, yes indeed
these are beautiful grounds to play cricket into.
These can be considered as prime venues for international cricket, hosting a number of Test matches and ODIs.
However there are several other cricket grounds across the globe which might be not that popular or you can say, did not hosted as many matches as the ones mentioned above but are blessed with natural beauty around them. They are no doubt a treat to the eye for the players playing on the field and for the viewers.
It’s unfortunate that these grounds are not rewarded with due recognition but definitely are structured beautifully. Here we compile a list of few most beautiful cricketing grounds arcoss the globe.
1. First on our list would be Wormsley Park , Buckinghamshire. It is indeed the most beautiful cricket ground on earth which is a creation of Paul Getty. This ground is built in his own estate. Established in 1992, all set to feature the Test match between England Women v India Women in august 2014.
2. Second would be Queenstown Event Centre, New Zealand. Situated near Lake Wakatipu in the foothills of the mountain range, The Remarkables. Hosted its first international match between New Zealand v India on Jan 4, 2003.
3. Third in this list would be Pukekura Park, New Plymouth, New Zealand. Hosted the only ODI which featured Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe in 1992.
4. Fourth comes Arnos Vale Ground, Kingstown, St Vincent. Hosted its first match between West Indies & England in 1981.
5. We would grant fifth position to India’s cricket ground located in the state of Himachal Pradesh, HPCA Stadium, Dharamsala, India surrounded by snow covered mountains which looks absolutely stunning. It has hosted just a single international match between India & England in 2013.
6. Newlands, Cape Town, South Africa is also one the lovely grounds in the world with the capacity of about 25,000. First match played here was between the home side, South africa and England in 1889.
7. New Road, Worcester, England ranks seventh in this list situated on the banks of a river surrounded by tree-lined making it look astonishing. Established in 1899 with a capacity of 4500, hosted its first international match featuring West indies and Zimbabwe in 1983.
8. Beausejour Cricket Ground, Gros Islet, St Lucia. Established in 2002. Capacity of 15,000. Beausejour Stadium is one of the Caribbean’s stadium, completed in 2002 and staging its first international match later that year and its first Test in 2003.
9. Asgiriya Stadium, Kandy, Sri Lanka located in the heart of country. It can be occupied with 10300 people at a time to witness a cricket contest. First international that was played at this venue was between Sri Lanka & Australia in 1983.
10. Lord’s, St John’s Wood Road, London, England is one of the most valued stadiums in the world established way back in 1814, regarded as HOME OF CRICKET and first international match hosted was between the great rivals of all time England and Australia in 1884. Playing a test in this ground is still like a dream come true for the cricketers around.
11. Melbourne Cricket Ground, Jolimont, Melbourne, Australia was established in 1854 with the huge capacity of around 100000. MCG is regarded as the Australia’s premier sporting venue which has also hosted few football matches, other sporting contests as well and also the Olympic Games of 1956. First international cricket match featured the hosts and their greatest rival England in 1877.
12. Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados ranks 12 in our list. Established in 1871 with the capacity of about 28,000. West indies and England were the two cricketing nations to play the first international cricket contest at this ground in 1930.
13. Kennington Oval, London, England. Another England stadium from which it all started, First ever test match played on English soil was at this ground. Debut international match played between Australia & England in 1880. It was established in 1845 with a capacity of 23500. Formerly known as The Kia Oval.
14. Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai, United Arab Emirates built with a new styled infrastructure, lush green out field and a capacity of 25000 ranks 14. The first ever international match played here was between Pakistan and Australia in 2009.
15. W.A.C.A. Ground, Perth, Western Australia is also regarded as home of sporting events in australia, hosted games including rugby, soccer and cricket. It has a capacity of 22000 which established 1893. First international cricket match played here was in 1970 between Australia and England.
16. Sydney Cricket Ground, Moore Park, New South Wales is one of the famous cricketing venues in the world which ensures the action is almost equidistant from every part of the ground. It was established in 1848 with a capacity of around 44000. First Test match played here was between Australia and England in 1882.