A game of cricket cannot be played without a proper stadium. There are several criteria that determine how excellent a stadium actually is. Whether in terms of lighting, crowd capacity, pitches, facilities, aerial view and so on. All the mordern just a few which can be termed ‘excellent’ because any stadium can be termed ‘excellent’ as from the cricketing point-of-view they provide cover to the pitch or a roller to remove the grass from it as well as decent seating facilities. But very few of them though go much beyond the basics and have made a name for themselves in cricketing history. The famous cricket grounds of the world have been the custodians of rich cricketing history that any other team sport would envy. In order to provide more insight to our readers we have a compiled 10 most beautiful cricket stadium in the world. Here are those who have been able to make a name for themselves in history.

List of Most Picturesque Cricket Stadium in the World:

10)  Arnos Vale Ground, St Vincent 

The Arnos Vale Ground is a cricket stadium situated in Kingstown, St Vincent. It is a multi-use ground and is also better known as the Playing Fields. The stadium hosted its first ever international game on February 4th, 1981. The match was an ODI between West Indies and England. It is the home ground of the Windward Islands. As can be seen from the picture the ground is so close to the Caribbean sea that Chris Gayle could carry the ball into it! Stunning view that from down the Grenadines. Established: 1981 End names: Airport End, Bequia End Capacity: 18,000 Home teams: West Indies, Windward Islands

9) Beausejour Cricket Ground, St Lucia

Beauséjour Stadium is a cricket ground located near Gros Islet, Saint Lucia with a standard seating capacity of 20,000. The stadium is located at the north-eastern end of the tourist resort of Rodney Bay, approximately 6 minutes drive from the town of Gros Islet on the scenic Castries-Gros Islet Highway. The stadium is close to the residential enclaves in Beauséjour. The Beauséjour Stadium is known for its high standard facilities and is widely regarded as the most picturesque Caribbean stadium. Its outfield, a perfect oval shaped, is lush green.The stadium also features 4 floodlights for day and night matches. The stadium has 18 hospitality suites, a permanent seating capacity of 13,000 with bucket-type seating which can be increased to 20,000 for international matches. The ground itself is located in valley overlooked by two mountains. The stands are bright and colourful, all painted columns and wooden seats. Established2002 End names: Pavilion End, Media Centre End Capacity20,000 Home teams: West Indies, St Lucia

8) Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy

Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, a.k.a Muttiah Muralitharan International Cricket Stadium, is one of the newest cricket stadiums in the city of Kandy, Sri Lanka. In July 2010, The Central Provincial Council in Kandy unanimously made the renaming decision to honour the legendary Sri Lankan cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan who is a Kandy native. The stadium was declared opened on 27 November 2009. The stadium is located about a half-hour drive from Kandy and has a seating capacity of 35000. Surrounded by the mountains it is arguably the best Sri Lankan stadium. Established2009 End names: Hunnasgiriya End, Rikillagaskada End Capacity35,000 Home teams: Sri Lanka

7) Dubai Sports City Cricket Stadium, UAE

The number 7 on our list of most beautiful cricket stadium in the world goes to the Dubai Sports City Cricket Stadium. It is a multi purpose stadium. The DSC Cricket Stadium is lit by a special system of floodlights named “Ring of Fire”. This stadium is uniue in the sense that it has the lights fixed around the circumference of the round roof of the stadium which minimises the shadows of objects in the ground. This system of lighting has been given great focus around the world due its unique nature. It is a part of the Dubai Sports City. It is the third Cricket Stadium in the Emirates after Sharjah and Abu Dhabi Stadium. Established: 2009 End names: Emirates Road End, Dubai Sports City End Capacity: 25,000 Home teams: UAE, Pakistan

6) Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street

The Riverside Ground, officially referred to as the Emirates Durham International, is a cricket venue in Chester-le-Street, which is home to Durham County Cricket Club, and has hosted several international matches. It’s a long walk from the train station or bus and, once there, spectators are rewarded with a beautiful view of England’s county heritage and tall strucuture of that famous Lumley Castle over the open eastern side from the west and south stands. Established: 1995 End names: Finchale End, Lumley End Capacity: 17,000 Home teams: Durham, England

5) The Lord’s Cricket Ground, London 

Fifth in line is the ground known as ” The Lord’s” which has been spiritual home of ICC for many years befor its home shifted to Dubai. The stadium itself has so much class history and one of the most important cricket venues in the world and for a cricket fan a must see. It was established by Thomas Lord back in 1814 and the ground has the name from its founder. It has been the venue for some of the greatest matches in cricket history, including four World Cup Finals – 1975, 1979, 1983 and 1999. The Lords cricket ground is home to the Marylebone Cricket Club, and also the county team Middlesex of London who play their home matches at the Lords. Established: 1814 End names: Pavilion End, Nursery End Capacity: 28,000 Home teams: Middlesex, England

4) Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Melbourne 

The number four on our list of most beautiful cricket stadium in the world is occupied by MCG. It is the sports tenth-largest stadium in the world, the largest in Australia, the largest stadium for playing cricket, and holds the world record for the highest light towers at any sporting venue. It acts as a home to Australian Cricket team, Melbourne Stars, Victoria Bushrangers and a host of other Football Teams. This is a historic cricket venue which hosts a Traditional Boxing Day Test Match which begins on December 26 every year. MCG was included on the Australian National Heritage List in 2005. MCG has the statues of Shane Warne, Dennis Lille, Sir Don Bradman. MCG  is also used as the  centrepiece stadium of 1956 Summer Olympics and the 2006 Commonwealth Games. Established: 1854 End names: Members End, Great Southern Stand End Capacity: 100,000 Home teams: Australia, Victoria

3) Newlands, Cape Town

  

Undoubtedly, one of the most beautiful grounds in the world, Newlands is what one can call ‘breathtaking’ with the view of the Table Mountain surrounding the stadium being glorious. In sunshine, it looks as if one has landed in paradise to watch a game of cricket in relaxation as he sits down on one of the 25,000 white seats in the ground. While if cloudy, it becomes foggy but it remains a pretty view to the naked eye and the weather gets cooler, which makes it more fun to sit and watch the game. Established: 1887 End names: Wynberg End, Kelvin Grove End Capacity: 25,000 Home teams: Western Province, South Africa

2) HPCA Stadium, Dharmsala

A cricket ground where a bowler can be described as running in from the Himalayas end is clearly an unusual addition to the international cricket. The Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association advertize their new stadium as “the most attractive ground in India”, and that is not a boast by any stretch of imagination. At an elevation of 4,110 feet, it is the highest international ground in the world, and it is overlooked by the Dhauladhar range of the Himalayas that includes snow-capped peaks which three times higher. What a beautiful sight to behold! Established: 2003 End names: River End, College End Capacity: 25,000 Home teams: Himachal Pradesh, India

1) Queenstown Events Centre, Ottago 

The Queenstown Events Centre is bordered by farmland and nestles in the foothills of the stunning mountain range, The Remarkables. They are aptly named, and the ground is situated in a very picturesque area, near Lake Wakatipu. The ground held its first international in 2003, just two years after becoming a first-class venue. Unfortunately, though, there are no plans to hold Tests anytime soon there just yet, as the facilities aren’t quite up to scratch, but discussions are being held about the possibility. Opened in 1997, the ground is located on Queenstown Lakes District Council–owned land, between the foot of the Remarkables and the shores of Lake Wakatipu. The nearby Queenstown International Airport’s Runway threshold adds to the surroundings’ aura, boasting jaw-dropping views of large aircraft taking off and landing. It is also a “home ground” for Otago Cricket. Established: 1997 End names: Remarkables End, Coronet Peak End Capacity: 19,000 Home team: Otago

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