Seven wonders in Cricket Stadiums

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Apart from the poetry in motion down the field, plenty of cricket stadiums are appealing in terms of their beauty. We pick seven such stadiums from all over the world –

Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium

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Located in Dharamsala, this stadium has the distinction of being located at an altitude of 1457m. One can have the spectacular view of a series of snow-capped mountain of Himalaya from this stadium. The 1st international match was played in the stadium back in 2005, when the neighbour Pakistan played a match against India A in this stadium. Only one ODI has been played here, India vs. England in 2013, where the away side won in a handy 7-wicket margin. No test match has ever been played in his stadium.

Wormsley Cricket Ground

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Wormsley Park was the home of philanthropist Sir Paul Getty who built this stadium. It is quite paradoxical that it took an American to create something quintessentially English. Wormsley is currently the home ground of domestic cricket team Unicorns. This year, when Indian women cricket team toured England, Wormsley hosted the only test match which eventually India won after some nail-biting contest.

Lords

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It is little I repair to the matches of the Southron folk,

Though my own red roses there may blow;

It is little I repair to the matches of the Southron folk,

Though the red roses crest the caps, I know.

For the field is full of shades as I near a shadowy coast,

And a ghostly batsman plays to the bowling of a ghost,

And I look through my tears on a soundless-clapping host

As the run stealers flicker to and fro,

To and fro:

O my Hornby and my Barlow long ago!

                                                                                                                                                           (From “At Lords”, Francis Thompson)

Bude Cricket Club, Cornwall

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Bude Cricket Club of Cornwell is located on the cliff tops overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. It is one of the mesmerising locations in England, and cricket often adds beauty to this place.

Newlands Cricket Stadium, Cape Townnewlands

 

With the current capacity of 25000 spectators, Sahara Park, Newlands, hosted its first test match in 1889, where England won against the hosts in a monumental innings and 202 run margin. The 1st ODI took place in 1992 in which the Proteas defeated India by 6 wickets. Currently, it is the home ground of the Cape Cobras. It is one of those grounds in South Africa that somehow help the spinners.

Arnos Vale Stadium, Kingstown, St. Vincent

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Arnos Vale is an ideal stadium for Chris Gayle to put the ball in the ocean. This stadium offers exquisite view of the Grenadine islands, even the Bequia islands has its name in one end of the stadium, the other end being the airport end. The stadium is used for both cricket and football matches and can accommodate 18000 people.

Queensland Event Centre, New Zealand

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This multi-purpose sports stadium is located in Otago in the southern island of New Zealand. Cricket is played in the Davies Park of this Event Centre. This is the stadium where Corey Anderson broke Shahid Afridi’s record of fastest ODI hundred, when he did it in 36 balls this January. The nearby Queensland International airport’s runway adds beauty by offering jaw dropping views of large aircrafts taking off and landing.

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