ICC approves stadium in Greater Noida for international matches
The International Cricket Council has approved another stadium in India to host international matches. Shaheed Vijay Singh Pathik Cricket Stadium in Greater Noida can now stage international matches, the Board of Control for Cricket in India confirmed. The ICC approved the stadium last week, after some minor changes that were done as asked by them during their previous visit in December 2015.
India has highest number of cricket stadiums in the world
With 47 international stadiums, India has the highest number of cricket stadiums in the world. India is also home to eight of the top ten largest stadiums by capacity, with Eden Gardens in Kolkata ranking second behind Melbourne Cricket Ground in Australia. The oldest stadium in India is Bombay Gymkhana ground, which hosted the first test match of India in the year 1933.
India to have largest cricket ground in the world
The Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad, popularly known as the Motera stadium will be the largest cricket stadium in the world with a capacity to accommodate 1,10,000 people. The stadium is undergoing makeover and will be ready in two years.
BCCI President speaks
BCCI President Anurag Thakur expressed his happiness after the stadium was approved by the ICC. He said, "I'm pleased to announce that the SVSP Cricket Stadium, Greater Noida, is now fully compliant to host international matches with full members."
Shaheed Vijay Singh Pathik Sports Complex
The construction in Shaheed Vijay Singh Pathik Sports Complex Ground got finished by the year 2013. Conforming to the norms set by the ICC, the stadium can accommodate around 8000 people, which will be increased to 14,000 in future. The stadium is a home ground to the Afghanistan national cricket team and has also hosted a day-night game of Duleep Trophy.