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.
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
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
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
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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