We all know how cricket grounds affect our fantasy cricket teams. International cricket grounds attract more crowds than others. Ekana International Cricket Stadium at Lucknow has been recently renamed to Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee International Cricket Stadium. The first international match in this stadium was between India and West Indies on November 6, 2018. And with that, it became India’s 52nd international cricket ground.
India now has a total of 52 grounds that have hosted at least one international cricket match. It just proves the enormity of the fantasy cricket game in the country. In the past decade, there have been many new grounds that have come up. The facilities provided by them are world-class. It’s another sign that India is a superpower in the game of cricket.
After making a debut in 1933, India now stands 29 ahead of England in terms of international venues. England is known to be the initiator of the game yet it doesn’t have even half the number as India. Australia and Pakistan have the 3rd and 4th largest number of international cricket grounds respectively.
Cricket in India is pretty widespread. Every state that participates in the Ranji Trophy has a ground of its own. Although not every venue has hosted international games, a new ground keeps coming up every now and then. There are some states like Maharashtra that have as many as 4 international cricket grounds.
India has the highest number of international grounds, 52. International cricket in India for the first time played in December 1933, when the Gymkhana Ground in Bombay. India played host to the India-England Test match.
England has 23 international grounds. The first ground, The Oval at Kennington in London debuted on 1880 when England and Australia played.
Australia has 22 international grounds. The first ground, Sydney Cricket Ground debuted on 1877.
Pakistan has 21 international grounds. The first ground, Bahawal Stadium at Bahawalpur in Punjab debuted on 1955.
South Africa has 16 international grounds. The first ground, St George’s Park at Port Elizabeth in Eastern Cape debuted on 1889.
New Zealand has 16 international grounds. The first ground, AMI Stadium (formerly Jade Stadium and Lancaster Park) at Christchurch in Canterbury debuted on 1930.
West Indies has 14 international grounds. The first ground, Kensington Oval (The Mecca) at Bridgetown in Barbados debuted on 1930.
Sri Lanka has 10 international grounds. The first ground, Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu Stadium (Saravanamuttu Stadium/ P. Sara Oval) at Colombo in Western Province debuted on 1982.
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