Most of the cricketing action takes place on the pitch, in the centre of the ground. The sport is spread worldwide and has seen some incredible development. With this, the quality of cricket pitches has also surged. Here are 10 stadiums which have the best pitches across the world.
1) Lord’s London
Constructed in 1814 and named after the owner of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), Thomas Lord, Lord’s is home to the England and Wales Cricket Board, the European Cricket Council and the Middlesex County Cricket Club. More than 100 test matches have been played here in its history of 201 years.
2) Headingley, Leeds
This is the epicentre of sports in Leeds. Having a history of 120 years, this cricket ground has observed many remarkable sporting moments including two triple centuries from Sir Donald Bradman and the Botham’s renowned match-saving performance.
3) Ageas Bowl, Southampton
Built in 2001, the Ageas Bowl, formerly known as the Rose Bowl is the home of Hampshire County Cricket Club. The stadium has already commenced creating a reputation as a daily fixture on England’s white-ball schedule.
4) Edgbaston, Birmingham
Edgbaston is the second-largest cricketing destination in the UK after Lord’s and Warwickshire County Club’s turf. It is used for One Day Internationals, Test matches and Twenty20 Internationals on a regular basis.
5) The Oval, London
Built-in the year 1845 to house Surrey County Cricket Club, The Oval is another big-hitter located in the south-east of England. It was the first ground to host the International Test cricket matches in 1880. This cricket ground is also considered as the birthplace of the ‘Ashes’.
6) SCG, Sydney, Australia
Considered as one of the cathedral of the cricketing world, the Sydney Cricket Ground with its mint green tiled roof, is an iconic venue to watch your club make a century. This Australian ground was constructed in 1848 and is home to the Sydney Sixers and New South Wales Blues cricket team.
7) MCG, Melbourne, Australia
The history of 160 years of the hallowed Melbourne Cricket Ground has given a roaring roster of astral sporting moments to the cricket fans, be it the 1992 Cricket World Cup final between England and Pakistan or the Trevor Chappell’s provocative underarm delivery. These moments witnessed the attendance of almost 87000 spectators.
8) HPCA Stadium, Dharamshala, India
Built barely a decade back in the hometown of the Dalai Lama, this cricket ground is one of the world’s most picturesque cricketing venue. The stadium hosts a number of Indian Premier League matches and is home to the Himachal Pradesh cricket team.
9) Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Eden Gardens is dubbed as ‘cricket’s answer to the Colosseum’. It is one of the cricket’s most iconic grounds and premier sporting venues in India. Built-in 1864, this ground is home to the Bengal cricket team and IPL’s Kolkata Knight Riders. Eden Gardens is known not only for the sporting moments occurring on the pitch but also for the spectacular passion of the cricket fans.
10) Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi, India
Constructed in the year 1883, this is the second oldest international cricket stadium. Still used for hosting the cricket matches, this ground is the witness to umpteen history-creating cricketing moments.
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