This is the first in a four-part series on the best grounds to watch cricket around the world.
The Home of Cricket is supposedly Lords Cricket Ground. The Marleybone Cricket Club ground is home to Middlesex and also the host of test matches for England. It is the equivalent of Wembley Stadium for fans of the sport.
With the sport incredibly popular in countries in the former Commonwealth, eight nations now stand out as the best sides in the world.
The most famous cricket matches/tournaments include the Ashes between England and Australia, the Indian Premier League and of course the World Cup.
But where are the most significant and beautiful settings for the game across the globe?
Here’s my pick of the grounds I’d like to visit the most:
The MCG hosts Cricket, Aussie Rules Football and overseas football fixtures in the largest stadium in Australasia. High profile games such as Australia national team games, the Big Bash and Sheffield Shield competitions. The stadium has a capacity of over 100,000 spectators.
Cape Town, South Africa
Newlands is famous for it’s setting. With rocky mountains overlooking the day’s action, the ground has some rituals completely different to other stadiums. With fans able to play and walk on the Cape Town pitch half-time, the ground is a player’s favourite to visit.
Michael Atherton famously said that Mumbai was, in fact, the home of cricket, not Lords. Cricket is India’s national sport with kids playing the game in parks and streets throughout the country. Mumbai is no different with some of the country’s greats growing up on the streets and playing at the local stadium.
Nelson, New Zealand
The Saxton Oval is definitely not one of the most obvious choices compared to the cities within New Zealand. Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch are hotspots for travellers that stay in the cities to see international cricket. However in the picturesque province of Nelson, the ground is part of the landscape.
The Oval is considered one of the best cricket grounds to get postcard photos from. The stadium is home to the Adelaide Strikers in the Big Bash, a team with many stars to its roster. The ground is one of the top things to do whilst visiting the city in South Australia.