Cricket is a tradition for Indians and it is even called religion, though it’s not the national game of India. Indian players play cricket better than most other countries’ players. However, Cricket originated in England and the country has hosted many iconic tournaments in the history of the game.
Now, England and Wales cricket grounds have further ignited the spirit of cricket as they are venues of the World Cup 2019. The audience wouldn’t want to miss out on this opportunity to visit England. Spectators at the Cricket World Cup grounds in England will witness memorable moments while cheering for their favourite teams. Whether you’re watching the World Cup or playing World Cup Fantasy Cricket, check out these iconic cricket stadiums in England that will be hosting the biggest tournament of cricket.
Lord’s Cricket Ground, London
Commonly known as The Home of Cricket and Lord’s, the Lord’s cricket ground is one of the oldest cricket grounds in the world. The ground was named after its founder, Thomas Lord, and it is owned by Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC). The Lord’s Cricket Ground was established in 1814 with a capacity of 28,000 spectators. The ground is home to the world’s oldest sporting museum.
The iconic cricket ground has witnessed more than 100 test matches in the past 205 years of its existence. The stadium is not just a host for iconic cricbattle, but it is also famous for its architectural beauty, which leaves you awestruck.
Lord’s has hosted ten World Cup cricket matches including the finals of 1975, 1979, 1983 and 1999 editions of the tournament. The Lord’s cricket ground celebrated its 200th anniversary in 2014 with a 50-over cricket match played between MCC XI captained by Sachin Tendulkar and World XI captained by Shane Warne.
Oval Cricket Ground, London
The Oval Cricket Ground is also known as the Kia Oval for sponsorship reasons. The ground was established in 1845, and it was the first cricket stadium in England to host an international Test match in 1880. Traditionally, the last Test match of the English season is played here.
The Oval hosts not just cricket matches but also many international games like football and rugby. The 2017 ICC Champions Trophy final match was played on this very ground. The stadium can hold 25,500 spectators. The stadium is famous as the birthplace of Ashes test matches between England and Australia that began in 1882.
Old Trafford Cricket Ground, Manchester
The Old Trafford cricket ground is also known as the Emirates Old Trafford. Established in 1857, it is the second-oldest Test cricket ground. The Old Trafford stadium witnessed the first 10-wicket haul in an innings, by the English bowler Jim Laker with the figures of 19 wickets for 90 runs in a Test match which is still a record. Also, leg-spinner Shane Warne bowled the “Ball of the Century” to bowl out Mike Gating in the 1993 Ashes Test on this very ground.
Despite having a rich cricket history, the Old Trafford cricket stadium lost the Test status in 2009. To hold international cricket matches at the venue, extensive redevelopment work was done. The stadium can hold up to 26,000 spectators.
Edgbaston Cricket Ground, Birmingham
The County Ground or the Edgbaston Cricket Ground, home to Warwickshire County Cricket Club, was established in 1882. The Edgbaston stadium is the first English stadium to host a major international cricket tournament final outside except for Lord’s. Having a seating capacity of 25,000 spectators, it hosted the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy final.
The fourth-largest cricket ground in England after Lord’s, Old Trafford and The Oval, the Edgbaston Cricket ground hosted the first day-night Test match played between England and the West Indies in August 2017.
Trent Bridge Cricket Ground, Nottingham
Established in 1841, the Trent Bridge Cricket Ground is located just across the River Trent in the city of Nottingham. The stadium is considered to be the best cricket grounds in the world to watch cricket. It has increased its seating capacity and can now hold up to 17,500 spectators.
Riverside Cricket Ground, Durham
The Riverside Ground, also called the Emirates Riverside, was established in 1995. The ground can hold 19,000 spectators. In the 1999 World Cup, the ground hosted four matches, and it is hosting three matches in the 2019 World Cup.
Bristol County Ground
The Bristol County Ground is also known as the Nevil Road Stadium. Earlier this ground was called the Ashley Down Ground when W. G. Grace bought it in 1889. It was sold to a local confectionary firm and then brought back by the club and renamed the Bristol County Ground. It has hosted many international matches and is hosting four matches of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup. The ground has increased its seating capacity to 17,500 spectators.
Ageas Bowl, Southampton
The Rose Bowl or the Hampshire Bowl Cricket Ground, also known as the Ageas Bowl for sponsorship reasons, was established in 2001. With a seating capacity of 15,000 spectators, the Ageas Bowl stadium is going to host World Cup matches for the first time with five games of the 2019 World Cup being played at the venue.
Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton
The County Ground in Taunton, also known as the Cooper Associates County Ground for sponsorship reasons, was established in 1882. Located between Priory Bridge Road and St James Street, the ground has a capacity of 12,500 spectators. The first international cricket match on this ground was played in the 1983 World Cup. The cricket stadium specially suits the cricket fans who like to relax and watch the game under the sun.
The Headingley Cricket Ground in Leads is also known as the Emerald Headingley Cricket Ground for sponsorship reasons. It was established in 1890. With a capacity of 18,350 spectators, the Headingley Cricket Ground shares the main stand with the Headingley Rugby Stadium. The Headingley stadium has been an eye-witness to many memorable moments in the history of cricket, including a triple century by Sir Donald Broadman and the 100th century by Geoffrey Boycott.
Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, Wales
The Sophia Gardens Cardiff is also known as the Cardiff Wales Stadium. It has been hosting international cricket matches since the 1999 Cricket World Cup. The ground is one of the 11 venues for the World Cup, on which cricket fantasy league 2019 was based. Having a capacity of holding 15,643 spectators, Sophia Gardens is considered as one of the beautiful stadiums in England.
So, planning to watch the Cricket World Cup in England and participate in fantasy cricket match prediction? Then knowing these facts about the Cricket World Cup grounds in England will add an extra flavor to your excitement, won’t it?