2014 CLT20: Know Your Venues
The 2014 Champions League CLT20, which is all set to begin on 13th September will be played in four venues across the country. The venues include Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Mohali and Raipur. Here is the detailed information on the venues that will host the CLT20.
The Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Cricket Stadium or Raipur International Cricket Stadium is one of the largest cricket stadiums once could see in India in terms of capacity. It can accommodate around 65,000 runs, which is the second largest in India behind Eden Gardens. It was the home ground of Delhi Daredevils in IPL and will be hosting the Champions League T20 for the first time. The boundaries are reasonably longer and it won’t be easy for the batsmen to clear them with ease. The stadium which is yet to host an International match will host the qualifiers apart from a couple of group stage matches in the main tournament. North End and South End are the two ends for the stadium.
M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru is one of the most historic stadiums which has been hosting international matches since 1969. It is the home of Royal Challengers Bangalore and one cannot find a better ground for T20’s in India as the wicket here suits the batsmen and literally nightmare for the bowlers. The boundaries are short even a mishit will carry over the ropes. This will be the venue for the finals and most of the Chennai Super Kings’ matches will be played here. BEML end and Pavilion end are the two ends of this stadium.
Rajiv Gandhi Cricket Stadium, which is also called as Uppal stadium is one of the stadiums in India that provides better facilities for the players. It is the home ground for IPL side Sunrisers Hyderabad and will host matches of Kolkata Knight Riders and the semi-finals in the CLT20. The dimensions in the venue is perfect for an average cricket stadium unlike Chinnaswamy stadium which is tilted to the batsmen. Even the wickets will behave truly as there will be advantages for both the departments. Established in 2004, the stadium has a pavilion end and a north end which is named as VVS Laxman as an honour to the former India batsman.
The PCA cricket stadium, located in Mohali is one of the most frequently used stadiums in the country. It is the home ground for Kings XI Punjab both in IPL and CLT20. The dimensions of the boundaries are reasonable and the wickets tend to favour the bowlers early on in the game. Pavilion end and City end are the two ends of the PCA stadium.
These are the venues that will host the 2014 Champions League T20.