Ever dreamt of travelling the world watching cricket in some of the worlds best stadiums? Well, here’s the top 5 on our cricketing bucket list to get you started.
Sydney Cricket Ground, Australia (capacity: 46,000) – While much is made of the impressive Melbourne Cricket Ground, and particularly the atmosphere on the first morning of a Boxing Day test match with close to 100,000 spectators, we love the charm and history associated with the SCG. The contrast between the pavilion and members stand and some of its more modern surroundings is a sight to behold, while the venue often plays host to the famous Jane McGrath pink day.
Lord’s, England (capacity: 28,000) – By no means the largest, but one of the oldest and most famous grounds in cricket history. Known as the home of cricket, in many eyes you have not made it in world cricket until you have your name bestowed upon the famous honours board in the Long Room. While modernisation has begun to take place, Lord’s retains all of its old charm, including the famous slope.
Galle, Sri Lanka (capacity: 35,000) – Situated on the edge of the Galle fort, arguably there is no where more spectacular to watch a game of cricket. The fact that its most recent renovation was supported with donations from some of cricket’s greats including Sir Ian Botham and Shane Warne tells you all that you need to know.
The Recreation Ground, Antigua (capacity: 12,000) – OK, a little bit of cheat from us as test cricket is no longer played here following the build of the Sir Vivian Richards stadium. But to walk past and get a photo at the site of two of cricket’s finest ever batting displays (Brian Lara’s 375 and 400 not out) is well worth the trip. Did we tell you its in the Caribbean near some of the finest beaches in the world too?
Eden Gardens, India (capacity: 68,000) – India’s oldest and most famous cricket ground. The ground has hosted pretty much every major final available in world cricket, and is known for its hostile atmosphere that makes it the ultimate test for any opposing player. While tickets can be hard to come by when India are hosting a major country, to take in the atmosphere at this cricketing coliseum is well worth it.