“IT’S COMING HOME!!” The ICC Cricket World Cup is coming back to where it actually began. It has been two decades since the Cricket world cup was played on the English soil. 1999 was the last time that England hosted the Cricket World Cup along with Wales. The build-up to the grand cricket event has been great and the preparation has started in full swing.

The stage is all set and the schedule is already out. Serious consideration was taken in order to select the venues. Oval will be hosting the tournament opener where the host England will take on South Africa on 30th of May 2019. The Olympic stadium, which is now home to Premier League football club West Ham, has been ignored because the cost of converting it for cricket. It has capacity of 60,000 seats but was omitted by the ECB.

The stadiums which will be hosting the matches are Bristol, Cardiff, Chester-le-Street, Edgbaston (Birmingham), Headingley (Leeds), Lord’s (London), Old Trafford (Manchester), The Oval (London), Taunton, Trent Bridge (Nottingham), Southampton.

 

Bristol County Ground

Bristol county ground known as the Brightside Ground for sponsorship reason  was bought in 1889 by W. G .Grace and has been home to Gloucestershire County Cricket Club ever since.  In 1919 the county sold the venue to Fry’s, the confectionary firm, who brought in their own groundsman and, for a time, changed the name. In 1933 the county bought it back again. In 1976 they once again sold it, this time to Royal & Sun Alliance, buying it back in 2004. The stadium has the capacity of 15,000 and the ground has long boundaries in comparison to most county cricket clubs.

The venue is not as beautiful as others but it is steeped in cricket history, from the moment spectators enter via the Grace Gates, the role that legends such Gilbert Jessop and Wally Hammond have played is unmistakable. The ground is full of character, fringed by trees, with a solid Edwardian pavilion . The wicket is good, and generally favour spinners.

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THE OVAL

This is where it all began. The first ever international test match was played here in September 1880, resulting in an England win over Australia by five wickets. It is an international stadium located in Kennington ,London with a capacity of 25,000. It is the home ground for the Surrey County Cricket Club since it was opened.

The Oval has witnessed many historic matches. England’s dramatic one-wicket win in 1902 inspired by Gilbert Jessop’s sensational hundred; Australia’s 701 in 1930 as Don Bradman (244) and Bill Ponsford (266) put on 451 for the second wicket; England’s 903 for 7 as they beat Australia by an innings and 579 runs in 1938; Bradman’s farewell duck in 1948; Denis Compton scoring the boundary which meant England regained the Ashes in 1953; Michael Holding’s 14 wickets on a featherbed in 1976; Devon Malcolm’s 9 for 57 against South Africa in 1994. 845. Traditionally the last match of every English season is played here.

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TRENT BRIDGE

The stadium was established in the year 1841 and staged its first international match in the year 1899. Located just across the river Trent from the city of Nottingham, Trent Bridge is one of the best viewing stadiums in England.  Bridge’s pavilion, kept within the architectural parameters of its 1889 foundation, is thought of as one of the most renowned trademarks of cricket because it faces the wicket at an angle.  It is the home ground for the Nottingham county cricket team with the capacity of 17,500. The highest team total is 658 for 8 declared, scored by England against Australia in 1938. The lowest team total is 60, scored by Australia against England in 2015, and Stuart Broad also took 8-15 for England against Australia during the same match, in just one innings as he did not bowl in the second innings.

 

HEADINGLEY

The stadium is tucked away in the sleepy backstreets of suburban Leeds. It was established in the year 1890 and hosts test cricket since 1899. It staged possibly the most dramatic comeback in Test cricket when, in 1981, England beat Australia by 18 runs. England had followed on 227 runs behind and was 135 for 7 in their second innings before the combined heroics of Ian Botham, with the bat, and Willis, with the ball, beat odds of 500/1. It has the capacity of 17,500 and is the home ground for the Yorkshire County Cricket Club.  It adjoins the Headingley Rugby Stadium through a shared main stand, although the main entrance to the cricket ground is at the opposite Kirkstall Lane end. The stadium was named after the suburb of the city of Leeds.

 

See article – Ground reality 1 and 3 for more stadiums of cricket world cup 2019 (links)

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