ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 Venues

ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 Venues

ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 Venues

Cricket world cup is going to start 19th of Feb 2011. Three countries are the joint hosts for this exciting and thrilling contest. These countries include India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Heart touching tourist spots and warm weather will attract tourist to visit these countries that will also raise their income.

13 cities from these countries are hosting this tournament. These include New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Mohali, Nagpur, Ahmedabad, and Bangalore from India; Kandy, Colombo and Hambantota from Sir Lanka; Dhaka and Chittagong from Bangladesh. Pakistan was another host for this world cup but ICC took its decision back due to worse Interior conditions.

ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 Venues

ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 Venues India

Eden Gardens (Kolkata)

Eden garden is one of the oldest cricket ground in India. It is the largest cricket ground in India with its seating capacity. According to a perception it has a seating capacity of 82,000 people at a time. The stadium is located in the Binoy Badal Dinesh Bag(BBD Bag) area of the city, near the State Secretariat and the High Court. The first recorded Test at the venue was held in 1934, and its first One Day International in 1987. Sporting floodlights, bowlers deliver from the High Court End or the Pavilion End of a pitch under curator Probir Mukherjee. Eden Gardens is renowned for its large and vociferous crowds. It is said that “a cricketer’s cricketing education is not complete till he has played in front of a packed Eden Gardens.” The Club House of the stadium has been named as the B.C. Roy Club House, after former Chief Minister of the State of West Bengal Dr. B. C. Roy. The Headquarters of the Cricket Association of Bengal are also there at the Eden Gardens.

M.A Chidam Biram Stadium (Chennai)

The M. A. Chidambaram Stadium is a cricket stadium in Chennai (formerly Madras), India, named after M. A. Chidambaram, the former President of BCCI and the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association. The stadium was formerly known as Madras Cricket Club Ground or Chepauk Stadium. Commonly known as Chepauk, its first match was played 10 February 1934. Built by the East Coast Constructions and Industries, this stadium is where the Indian cricket team won its first ever Test victory here in 1952 against England. Sunil Gavaskar notched up his record breaking 30th Test hundred on this ground in 1983-84. The India-Australia encounter in 1986-87 ended in a tie – only the second in the game’s long history. The next season, leg spinner Narendra Hirwani claimed the best match analysis by a player on Test debut, finishing with 16 for 136. The Chepauk crowd is known to be amongst the most appreciative in the country. This was proved when those present gave a standing ovation to Saeed Anwar after his record breaking 194 against India in the Independence Cup match in 1997 and again when Pakistan won a Test match in 1999. A truly overwhelmed Pakistani team even made a lap of honour in appreciation of the spectators’ sporting behaviour. It is the home ground of the Tamil Nadu cricket team and also for IPL’s Chennai Super Kings led by current Indian captain MS Dhoni. This stadium has a seating capacity of 46,000.

Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium (New Delhi)

The Feroz Shah Kotla was established as a cricket ground in 1883 with a seating capacity of 48,000. In the 21st century, the Feroz Shah Kotla is famed for its cauldron-like atmosphere, which is supposed to be the best in the country. The vociferous home support has led to a great winning sequence for India in Test Matches, and the National Cricket Team has been undefeated for over 20 years at this ground.

The Feroz Shah Kotla was established as a cricket ground in 1883. The first Test match at this venue was played on November 10, 1948 when India took on the West Indies. Anil Kumble took 10 wickets in an inning on this ground in 1999, only the second time this feat has been achieved in test cricket. It is owned and operated by the DDCA (Delhi District Cricket Association). Since 2008 the stadium has been the home venue of the Delhi DareDevils of the Indian Premier League. The stadium was designed by renowed architect and conservationist Mr Danish Siddiqui & Naval Khanna.

On 27 December 2009, an ODI match between India and Sri Lanka was called off because pitch conditions were classed as unfit to host a match. Based on match referee’s report of the match, Kotla, which is scheduled to stage four World Cup matches in 2011, faced strict sanction ranging from a fine to a ban of 12 to 24 months. More than 14 months ban would have meant Kotla’s exclusion from 2011 Cricket World Cup. But the ICC decided to ban Kotla for only 12 months, and as a result of that Kotla continues to be one of the venues for 2011 Cricket World Cup.

Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium (Nagpur)

The Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium (also known as New VCA stadium) is a new Test cricket ground in the city of Nagpur, Maharashtra, India. The stadium in the Jamtha locality, situated about 15 km from the main city, replaced the old Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground. The first international match hosted at this venue was the 4th Test between India and Australia (Nov, 2008), which India won by 172 runs. The Aussie spinner Jason Krejza had finished with 12 wickets and Harbhajan Singh with seven. Spread over 33 acres (130,000 m2), it has all the modern amenities, including wi-fi environment and a capacity of accommodating 45,000 people. The venue also boasts of world class training and practice facilities along with an all seater arrangement. Four matches will be played here during the 2011 Cricket World Cup. For domestic Ranji Trophy and Duleep Trophy matches, the ground will play host to the Vidharba and Central Zone cricket team respectively.

Sardar Patel Stadium (Ahmedabad)

Sardar Patel Stadium (Motera Stadium) is one of the premier Cricket stadiums of India located in the Motera locality of Ahmedabad. Because of its location, the stadium is commonly called Motera Stadium to avoid confusion with another stadium of the same name in Navrangpura locality of Ahmedabad. Sardar Patel stadium is owned by Gujarat Cricket Association and comes under the aegis of the West Zone. It is the largest stadium in the state of Gujarat, and has an official capacity of 54,000 spectators. It is equipped with floodlights for day-and-night games and is a regular venue for Test cricket and One Day Internationals (ODI) matches.

Formerly known as the Gujarat Stadium, the ground was later renamed in tribute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, India’s first Home Minister and Deputy Prime Minister. Apart from cricket, the ground has played host to a number of programs arranged by the Government of Gujarat. The pitch once favoured the bowlers, but has lately been host to competitive games.

As of May 2010, the Motera stadium has played host to 19 ODI matches. In India, only Eden Gardens (22 ODI Matches) has hosted more ODI matches than Motera Stadium. The stadium is also one of the host venues for 2011 Cricket World Cup to be held in India. It is scheduled to host 3 matches, including a Quarter final match.

Wankhede Stadium (Mumbai)

The stadium has been witness to great innings like Gavaskar’s 205 against the Windies and Kallicharran’s 187 in the same game in the 1978-79 series and all round heroics like Ian Botham’s century and thirteen wickets in the Jubilee Test in 1980. which England won by ten wickets. The highest score by an Indian at Wankhede remains Vinod Kambli’s 224 against England in 1992-93 in only his third Test. Incidentally Ravi Shastri’s six sixes in an over off Baroda’s Tilak Raj en route to the fastest double-hundred in first-class cricket was on this ground in 1984-85. The cricket pitch is known to offer assistance to bowlers and is largely a spinner and pace friendly track. It offers spin and bounce to spin bowlers and swing to fast bowlers during the early part of each day due to the ground being close to sea.On days four and five of a test the pitch does tend to break up a fair bit which in turn offers great assistance to spinners. In 1995 the stadium was upgraded and lights were added to host day and night games. Later, in 1996 it hosted an India-Australia match in the 1996 Cricket World Cup.

Punjab Cricket Association Stadium (Mohali)

The Punjab Cricket Association Stadium is located at Mohali, just outside the city of Chandigarh, Punjab. It is popularly referred to as the Mohali Stadium. The stadium is home to the Punjab team. Punjab’s second international cricket stadium has been approved by BCCI in Bathinda, Punjab . The construction of the stadium took around 25 crore rupees & 3 years to complete.. The stadium has an official capacity of 30,000 spectators.

The lights here are unconventional compared to other cricket stadiums, in that the light pillars are very low in height. This is to avoid aircraft from the nearby airport colliding with the light pillars.

The 19th and youngest Test cricket venue in India, this is one of the larger grounds in the country and sports a lush outfield. The pitch has a reputation for being lively and supporting pace bowlers. It was inaugurated with a One Day International match between India and South Africa during the Hero Cup on November 22, 1993.

The first Test match here was held the following season, between India and West Indies on December 10, 1994. One of the most famous one-day matches on this ground was a thrilling Cricket World Cup semi-final encounter between Australia and West Indies in 1996. PCA stadium will host 3 matches of 2011 world cup including the Semi-final.

M. Chinnaswamy Stadium (Bangalore)

With generous patronage from the Government of Karnataka, the foundation stone of this stadium was laid in 1969 and construction work commenced in 1970. The stadium was first used for First-class cricket matches during the 1972-73 season. It earned Test status during the 1974-75 season when the West Indies toured India.

The first Test played at this stadium was on 22-29 November 1974. Incidentally, this was the début Test match for the West Indian batting giants Viv Richards and Gordon Greenidge. The West Indians led by Clive Lloyd crushed M. A. K. Pataudi’s Indian team by a massive margin of 256 runs. India registered their first Test win on this ground against the touring English team led by Tony Greig in 1976-77. The first ODI match at this venue was played on 6 September 1982. India defeated Sri Lanka by six wickets in that match.

Floodlights were first installed at this stadium for the 1996 Wills World Cup. The first match played here under lights was the quarter-final clash between arch-rivals India and Pakistan on 9 March 1996 in which India defeated Pakistan by 39 runs in a thrilling encounter. In 2007, Sourav Ganguly and Yuvraj Singh lead a 300 run partnership fightback from 61/4 breaking several records. India’s 365/5 at stumps was the highest 1st day score in whole of India. The 300 run partnership was the highest partnership at the stadium and the highest left-hander batsmen partnership. Sourav Ganguly’s 239 is the highest left-hander score.

ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 Venues Sri Lanka

R. Premadesa Stadium (Colombo)

R. Premadasa Stadium (also known as Ranasinghe Premadasa Stadium) is a cricket stadium situated on Khettarama Road, Maligawatta, Colombo, Sri Lanka. The stadium was, prior to June 1994, known as the Khettarama Cricket Stadium and is today one of the main venues in which the Sri Lankan cricket team play.

The inaugural One Day International was played on April 5, 1986 between Sri Lanka and New Zealand. On August 28, 1992 it hosted its inaugural Test match between Sri Lanka and Australia. The venue is best remembered for holding the world record for the highest Test total – 952/6 declared by Sri Lanka against India in 1997/1998 in which former Sri Lanka captain Sanath Jayasuriya scored 340 and Roshan Mahanama 225, the pair sharing the highest partnership for any wicket in Test cricket with 576 for the second wicket. Since that record-breaking match, it has hosted just one Test against New Zealand. Invariably flat, the pitches are slow in pace and low in bounce.

A new training center has been developed behind the stadium with 16 practice pitches and dormitories for the Sony Max Cricket Academy which started in 2003.

Muttiah Murlidharan International Cricket Stadium (Kandy)

Muttiah Muralitharan International Cricket Stadium is one of the newest cricket stadiums in Sri Lanka and the newest in the city of Kandy. The stadium has been renamed as the Muttiah Muralitharan International Cricket Stadium. In July 2010, The Central Provincial Council in Kandy unanimously made the renaming decision to honor the legendary Sri Lankan Cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan. The stadium was declared opened on November 27, 2009.

Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium (Hambantota)

Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium is a new cricket stadium in Hambantota, Sri Lanka. It was built for the 2011 Cricket World Cup and will host two matches, the first being Sri Lanka against West Indies, on 9 December 2010. The stadium will have a capacity of 35,000 people.

ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 Venues Bangladesh

Chittagong Divisional Stadium (Chittagong)

Chittagong Divisional Stadium, currently known as Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium and previously known as Bir Shrestha Shahid Ruhul Amin Stadium, is a sports venue located in the city of Chittagong in south-eastern Bangladesh. It became a Test cricket venue on February 27, 2006 when it hosted a Test match between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

Situated about half-an-hour outside the city centre, the Chittagong Divisional Stadium was one of the five purpose-built cricket grounds established in the run-up to the 2004 Under-19 World Cup. It was finally granted full international status in January 2006, ahead of Sri Lanka’s visit to the country. The stadium itself is an unremarkable concrete bowl set in acres of prime agricultural land, with a three-tier pavilion providing the focal point. It has a seating capacity of over 20,000. This ground will also host several matches of the 2011 ICC World Cup.

Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium (Dhaka)

Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium or Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium (SBNS), is a cricket ground in the Mirpur Thana district of Dhaka, Bangladesh. It holds 25,000 people and was built in 2006. At first, it was named “Mirpur Stadium”, but the Bangladeshi government later renamed it as “Shere-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium.”

The Shere Bangla National Cricket Stadium, named after AK Fazlul Haque, one of the country’s most renowned leaders and freedom fighters in the 1940s, is situated about 10 kilometres outside the centre of Dhaka. The move from the Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka to Mirpur was met with much resistance, but the BCB had decided they needed a stadium dedicated exclusively to cricket, and carried on despite criticism.

The most striking feature of the ground is the drainage facility which is probably the best in the subcontinent. The ground was originally built for football and athletics and was hence rectangular in shape. To bring it back to a shape suited for cricket, a lot of demolition had to be done, and also the athletics tracks had to be dug up. About three feet of soil was excavated to remove all the red clay. PVC pipes were fit in before filling it up with rock chips and sand and then grass. The slope is nice and even, a difference of 29 inches from the wicket to the boundary.

The ground hosted its first Test when Bangladesh played India in May 2007; a timely start was made possible because of the efficient drainage after heavy overnight showers. The wicket was pretty flat and slow. The stadium is being renovated ahead of the 2011 ICC world cup.

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