ICC World Cup Venues

The ICC Cricket World Cup is the highest championship of national teams of One Day International cricket. It is stated as the “flagship event of the international cricket calendar” by the ICC and world’s third most viewed sports competition after FIFA World Cup and Olympics. The men’s ICC Cricket World Cup was inaugurated in England in June 1975 but interestingly the Women’s Cricket World Cup had been held two years before the first ever ICC cricket world cup.

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First three world cups were held consecutively in England from 1975 to 1983 where Lord’s was used as the centerpiece of the first world cups. Since the very first world cup till today, the cricket fans have already seen many famous cricket grounds used as the venue of this spectacular event of cricket universe. Many grounds have become famous after they hosted the matches of World Cup, and many more grounds are now on their way to renovation to establish themselves as one the best stadiums in the world. So here is the list of Top 10 ICC World Cup Venues.

Top 10 ICC World Cup Venues in Cricket World

 

10. Edgbaston Cricket Ground

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Edgbaston Cricket Ground famously known as the County Ground is the home of Warwickshire County Cricket Club. It is the second-largest cricket stadium in the United Kingdom and is located in the Edgbaston area of Birmingham, England. Edgbaston stadium was constructed in 1882 and has a seating capacity of 25,000. The first test match hosted by this ground was the in The Ashes series of England national team against Australia in 1902. Edgbaston Cricket Ground also hosted several matches of international Twenty20 from 2010 to 2012. This stadium hosted three matches of 1999 ICC Cricket World Cup and several matches of three consecutive ICC world cups from 1975 to 1983.

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9. WACA Ground

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The WACA Ground is operated by the Western Australian Cricket Association and has been the home to Western Australian cricket since the early 1890s. It is located in Perth, Western Australia, and has a seating capacity of 24,500. This ground is the home of Western Australia’s first-class cricket team, the Western Warriors, the Perth Scorchers and the women’s cricket team called the Western Fury. WACA has the quickest and bounciest pitch in the world with an exceptionally fast outfield. This stadium hosted three matches of 1992 ICC Cricket World Cup and several other important and exciting international matches throughout its 120 years history. Besides cricket, this stadium also hosts matches of Australian Rules football, rugby union matches and international rules football.

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8. Kensington Oval

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The Kensington Oval is referred as “The Mecca” of cricket after it witnessed several important and exciting matches of international cricket throughout its 120 years history. It is located in the capital city Bridgetown on the island of Barbados and has a seating capacity of 32,000. Kensington Oval was constructed in 1882 and currently operated by Kensington Oval Management Inc. It was extensively renovated with an estimated cost of $45 million for the 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup. It hosted several matches of 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup including the final between Australia and Sri Lanka. Besides International Cricket, it also hosts matches of Barbados national football team and Miss Barbados pageants contest.

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7. Wankhede Stadium

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Wankhede Stadium is located in Mumbai, India, and has witnessed the historic last match of Sachin Tendulkar’s international career. It was established in 1974 with a seating capacity of around 45,000, but after a detailed renovation for 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup, the stadium can currently accommodate 33,482 spectators. It was designed by Shashi Prabhu and Associates and was constructed by B.E. Billimoria and Company. The stadium is currently operated by Mumbai Cricket Association and is the home ground of Mumbai cricket team and T20 team Mumbai Indians. Wankhede Stadium hosted several matches of 1996 and 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup and also hosted the World Cup final in 2011 where India won by 6 wickets against Sri Lanka.

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6. Wanderers Stadium

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Bidvest Wanderers Stadium or simply the Wanderers was built in 1956 to replace the Old Wanderers Stadium and was nicknamed ‘The Bullring’ due to its amazing design. The stadium is located in Johannesburg in Gauteng Province, South Africa and has a seating capacity of 34,000. Wanderers Stadium was redeveloped in 1991, and five new 65 meter high floodlight masts were installed in 1996. It was used as the centerpiece of 2003 ICC Cricket World Cup and hosted the finals between India and Australia. Besides international cricket matches, it also hosted several matches including the final of 2007 ICC World Twenty20. Wanderers also hosted several matches of 2009 ICC Champions Trophy and 2009 Indian Premier League.

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5. The Oval

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The Oval is often referred as the Kia Oval due to commercial sponsorship and is currently the home of Surrey County Cricket Club since it was constructed in 1845. It is located in Kennington, London Borough of Lambeth, South London and has a seating capacity of 23,500. The Oval hosted several matches of the 1975, 1979, 1983 and 1999 ICC Cricket World Cups and also hosted five matches in the 2004 ICC Champions Trophy. Besides international cricket, this stadium was used for various other sports such as rugby and soccer, and hosted its first FA Cup final in 1872 and was the home of the FA Cup final between 1874 and 1892. The stadium was redeveloped in 2002, and the permanent floodlights were installed in 2009.

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4. Gaddafi Stadium

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Gaddafi Stadium, originally the Lahore Stadium, is the largest cricket stadium in Pakistan and 7th largest cricket stadium in the world. It is located in Lahore, Pakistan and was designed by architect and engineer Nasreddin Murat-Khan and constructed by Mian Abdul Khaliq and Company in 1959. It was renamed in honor of the former Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi in 1974. The Gaddafi Stadium was renovated by architect Nayyar Ali Dada in 1995. It has a seating capacity of 62,250 and was used as the centerpiece of 1996 Cricket World Cup when it hosted the finals between Australia and Sri Lanka. Besides international cricket matches, it also hosted the 1990 Hockey World Cup Final and currently used as the headquarters of the Pakistan Cricket Board.

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3. Eden Gardens

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Eden Gardens is the second largest cricket stadium in India by seating capacity and the fifth largest cricket stadium in the world. This cultural heritage of India is often referred as the “cricket’s answer to the Colosseum” for its attachments with cricket. It is located in Kolkata, India, and has a seating capacity of 66,000. It was the centerpiece of 1987 ICC Cricket World Cup and hosted the finals between England and Australia. Eden also hosted several matches of 1996 and 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup and also involved in 1978 and 1997 Women’s Cricket World Cup. Besides being used as the venue of many international cricket matches, it is the home ground of Bengal cricket team and the T20 team Kolkata Knight Riders.

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2. Melbourne Cricket Ground

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The Melbourne Cricket Ground aka MCG is the largest cricket ground in the world, the 11th-largest stadium in the world and has the tallest light towers at any sporting venues. It is located in Yarra Park, Melbourne, Victoria, with a seating capacity of 100,024 and was referred as the “Spiritual Home of Australian Sport”. This stadium was the centerpiece of the 1992 ICC Cricket World Cup and hosted the finals between England and Pakistan. It was established in 1853 and besides cricket, it also hosted the 1956 Summer Olympics, the 2006 Commonwealth Games, and regularly hosts the matches of the Australian Football League, Gaelic Athletic Association and international Rugby union. This stadium was enlisted as the Australian National Heritage on 26 December 2005.

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1. Lord’s Cricket Ground

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Lord’s Cricket Ground or simply the Lord’s was named after its founder former English professional cricketer of late 1700s Thomas Lord. The stadium is located in St John’s Wood, London, and currently owned by Marylebone Cricket Club. Lord’s was the home ground of International Cricket Council until August 2005 and is now used as the home ground of the European Cricket Council, the England and Wales Cricket Board and Middlesex County Cricket Club. It was established in 1814 and was proposed to redevelop in 2013 over a 14-year period at a cost of around £200 million. With the seating capacity of 28,000, this stadium hosted the finals of four world cups which includes three consecutive ICC World Cups in 1975, 1979 and 1983.

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Other notable mentions in this list as the best cricket grounds used in ICC world cup are Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium with the seating capacity of 75,000 and Shaheed Mohtarama Benazir Bhutto International Cricket Stadium with the seating capacity of 50,000.

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Top 10 ICC World Cup Venues in Cricket World

1. Lord’s Cricket Ground
2. Melbourne Cricket Ground
3. Eden Gardens
4. Gaddafi Stadium
5. The Oval
6. Wanderers Stadium
7. Wankhede Stadium
8. Kensington Oval
9. WACA Ground
10. Edgbaston Cricket Ground