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One of the most interesting and celebrated sport all over the world is none other than cricket

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December 19, 2016: One of the most interesting and celebrated sports all over the world is cricket. Three formats of the game keep the cricket fans busy throughout the year. Test Cricket is one of the oldest forms of cricket, which is played constantly for a period of five days. Whereas, in ODI (one day international) cricket match it is played for a day and both of the teams can play for 50 overs.

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The third format is known as T20 format and is composed of 20 overs only. In the world of cricket, the mega event happens after four years known as World Cup, while the T20 cricket World Cup is played after 2 years.

To those who all just glue to the screen while watching a cricket match and doesn’t really have much an idea about the stadiums, here is the list of top 10 best cricket stadiums in the world:

10. Gaddafi Stadium (Pakistan)

Ranked as the tenth best cricket stadium in the world Gaddafi Stadium situated in Lahore, Pakistan. Its capacity is 60,000 and this is the home of the Pakistan cricket team, the Lahore Lions, and the Lahore Eagles. The 1996 ICC Cricket World Cup final between Australia v/s Sri Lanka was hosted in this stadium. It was won by Sri Lanka. In 2009 when Sri Lanka was playing a test cricket against Pakistan a terrorist attack took place in here. Gaddafi Stadium is waiting for International Stars!

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A night view of the 10th most famous stadiums in the world(Wikipedia.org)

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9. Newlands, Cape Town (South Africa)

Cape Town’s Newlands stadium has hosted some of the great cricket matches. It is considered the beautiful ground in the world as in evening twilight of sunset pouring on the ground and this shows one of the most beautiful cricket sights.

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Cape Town’s Newlands stadium ranked as the 9th most famous stadium in the world

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8. Old Trafford, Manchester (England)

Apart from being categorized among the top ten stadiums in the world Old Trafford, Manchester has also important history behind it. This stadium was established in 1854 and is situated in United Kingdoms. The first ever test match was played here between Australia and England in 1884. This stadium is located just 5 minutes away from the famous football Old Trafford Stadium. Old Trafford is the third ground after Lords and Oval which hosted more test matches in England.

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Old Trafford, Manchester (England) ranked as 8th best cricket stadium in the world

7. The WACA, Perth (Australia)

The WACA, Perth is another well-known ground located in Australia. It is also replete with historic significance. It is famous for its extra bounce and due to its fast bowling track it always favors the fast bowlers and they can perform here magnificently. Brett Lee has enjoyed huge achievements here on this ground. The total capacity of this ground is 24,000.

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WACA-stadium-Australia ranked as the 7th most famous stadium of the World(wikipedia.org)

 

6. Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney (Australia)

Sydney Cricket ground is in Australia.  It is the second beautiful stadium in the list of Top 10 Best Cricket Stadiums in the World. It was established in 1884 and its total capacity is 46,000. This ground is also famous for a notorious event between Andrew Symonds and Harbhajan Singh.

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An 1883 view of Sydney cricket Ground Australia

5. The Wanderers, Johannesburg (South Africa)

Johannesburg is situated in South Africa. It holds the record of chasing world’s highest score of 434 by South Africa against Australia. This ground also hosted the first test match between South Africa and England in 1956 and Africa was defeated by the England. It also hosted the World Cup 2003 final match which was played between India and Australia where Australia defeated India.

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The Wanderers, Johannesburg (South Africa) ranked as the sixth most famous stadium in the world

4. Eden Gardens, Kolkata (India)

A cricket match in Kolkata is no less than a tug of war. The Eden Gardens cricket stadium I Kolkata provides the ideal ground for its germination. After 1934 it has become the center of international cricket when England played a cricket match with India in this stadium. In the list of Top 10 Best Cricket Stadiums in the World this is the second biggest ground in the world after Melbourne cricket ground. The total capacity of the Eden Gardens is nearly about 90,000 and established in 1864. This historic ground witnessed some sort of interesting games in world cricket like in 1987 World Cup match which was played in between Pakistan and India where India won by 2 wickets. There are also some sportsmanship failures in this ground. In 1996 world cup semifinal match was played in between India and Sri Lanka and when Sri Lanka was going to win the match, crowed started throwing stuff in stadium and after that ICC intervened and Sri Lanka won the match.

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Eden Gardens Kolkata, forth best stadium in the World(wikipedia.org)

3. Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in Melbourne

MCG is the short form of is the Melbourne Cricket Ground and it is considered as largest cricket stadium in the list of Top 10 Best Cricket Stadiums in the world. It was established in 1854 and total capacity of MCG is over 95,000. This stadium hosted the final match of world Cup 1992 which took place between Pakistan and England and the former defeated the later. Melbourne cricket ground is of great importance in the history of cricket because it has hosted the first ever International Test Matches which was played in between Australian and England and the first ever ODI matches in 1971 and against between these two teams. But the interesting thing is that Australians defeated English in both the events.

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Melbourne cricket ground ranked as the third best ground in the world(commons.wikimedia.org)

2. The Oval, Kennington (London)

In the list of Top 10 Best Cricket Stadiums in the World the Oval, Kennington London is also of great significance the Oval has not only performed the hosting responsibilities of cricket events but also played the first ever Football FA final match in this ground. It bears the responsibility of hosting the first test match in England. The total capacity of this ground is 23,500 and first test match was played here in 1880. It is the most beautiful stadium in the world and also hosted too many exciting Ashes test and ODI series in the past. One end of the ground is known as Vauxall end because the Oval is situated near to the Vauxhall Tube station.

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Oval Kennington is the second best stadium in the world(commons.wikimedia.org)

1. The Lords, Cricket Ground in (London)

The founder of The Lords, Cricket Ground, London is Thomas Lord. It was founded in 1814. “The Lords” is also called the Home of Cricket. It has remained the center of ICC committee for a long period of time. The first match was played here in 1884. The importance of this ground can easily be judged in the list of Top 10 Best Cricket Stadiums in the World that many final matches of the World Cup have been played here on this ground, like 1975, 1979, 1983 and 1999. This ground is also considered as the home-ground to the Marylebone Cricket Club, and many of the home matches have been played here in the Lords.

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Lord’s Cricket Ground, the topmost among the world(wikimedia commons)

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U.S President Donald Trump Likely to Announce Sales Worth Billions During Visit to India

In India, Trump Hopes for Crowds of Millions, Sales Worth Billions

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Children from an art school make paintings of U.S. President Donald Trump ahead of his India visit, in Mumbai, India. VOA

By Steve Herman

U.S. President Donald Trump departed for India Sunday on a 36-hour trip, having acknowledged he will not be returning home with an anticipated big trade deal.

“I’m really saving the big deal for later on,” Trump told reporters last week. “I don’t know if it’ll be done before the election, but we’ll have a very big deal with India.”

There is mutual agreement on dozens of elements for the pact, but several contentious sectors are unresolved, including medical devices, according to sources close to the talks.

“Whether or not there will be an announcement on a trade package is, really, wholly dependent upon what the Indians are prepared to do,” a senior administration official told reporters Friday. “That said, we have a number of significant commercial deals, which are of great significance that we’re very pleased to announce in a number of key sectors.”

First trip to India

On his maiden voyage to the South Asian country, Trump is likely to announce a sale worth several billion dollars for military helicopters and, possibly, a missile defense system, amid rising mutual concern about China’s military expansion, which has prompted closer defense cooperation between Washington and New Delhi.

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U.S. President Donald Trump waves to supporters upon his arrival in Colorado Springs, Colorado. VOA

Indian officials are said to be perplexed that U.S. officials halted trade negotiations just before the Trump visit, expressing a view that Washington pursued brinksmanship that failed in the face of a more patient India, which is the world’s fifth biggest economy.

“There’s no great hurry here” to finalize a trade pact, retired veteran senior Indian diplomat T.P. Sreenivasan in India told VOA.

“I was personally a little bit surprised that the two sides weren’t able to get this deal done,” Jeff Smith, South Asia research fellow at the Heritage Foundation, said.

Promised a crowd

The president, at a political rally Thursday, said the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has told him he will be greeted by up to 10 million people when Air Force One lands in Modi’s home state of Gujarat Monday morning.

“That’s simply not possible. Even 1 million is difficult,” said Sreenivasan, who added that among Indians, “nobody will bother about numbers” and even if Trump claims he was hailed by millions, “that’s not likely to be an issue of contention.”

Indian officials, quoted by local media, predict a more modest crowd of about 100,000 to 150,000 (plus 12,000 police officers) when the president arrives for the dedication of the world’s largest cricket stadium — part of an event billed as “Namaste, Trump.”

“Some people say” the visit to Gujarat will be the “biggest event they’ve ever had in India,” Trump said before departing Sunday.

Pre-trip beautification effort

A small army of workers has been deployed ahead of Trump’s visit to Ahmedabad to build a 400-meter-long wall along the motorcade route to block the view of where poor people live. The hurried beautification project also includes the placement of about 150,000 flowerpots.

“It will be similar to the landmark ‘Howdy, Modi!’ event hosted by the Indian American community in honor of Prime Minister Modi during his visit to Houston in September 2019, in which President Trump participated,” India’s foreign secretary, Harsh Vardhan Shringla, told reporters in the capital, New Delhi.

“The visit will primarily be one for pomp, show and symbolism,” said Aparna Pande, the director of the Hudson Institute Initiative on the Future of India and South Asia. “It matters to two nationalist populist leaders that they can demonstrate to their domestic audience and to the world that they have a reliable partner and ally.”

After the stadium event in Ahmedabad and before heading to New Delhi, the president and first lady Melania Trump will make a quick visit to the country’s most famous tourist attraction, the Taj Mahal.

Indian media reported Agra will be on lockdown for the visit, although there is concern about controlling the menacing monkeys roaming the grounds of the 17th century Mughal marble mausoleum.

“The forest department has been requested to ensure that the monkeys stay away from the Taj during Donald Trump’s visit,” Archaeological Survey of India Superintending Archaeologist Vasant Kumar Swarnkar was quoted telling India Today.

Bilateral talks

In India’s capital, bilateral talks are to focus on contemporary concerns.

Indian officials could raise Trump’s hard line on immigration.

“They view the immigration issue, whether it is offering visas to students or the H-1B highly skilled visas or the green card issue, as becoming worse in the last four years,” Pande told VOA.

It is uncertain whether Trump will discuss the issue of Kashmir.

Six months after Modi ended Kashmir’s special status under India’s constitution, local politicians there remain detained and internet service is restricted.

Trump “is not always very thoughtful when he talks about such issues, particularly Kashmir. So that’s a bee in his bonnet and it’s going to come up in some form,” Sreenivasan, a former Indian ambassador to the United Nations, predicted.

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has called for Trump to help resolve the dispute between the two nuclear-armed neighbors over Kashmir, something the U.S. president has previously indicated he is willing to do. But Modi has strongly rebuffed offers from third parties to mediate.

Indian officials are apprehensive about Trump commenting on the Kashmir issue during the visit.

Donald Trump Security Force personnel patrol at the historic Taj Mahal premises in Agra
Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel patrol at the historic Taj Mahal premises, where U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump are expected to visit, in Agra, India. VOA

“He might say that ‘I’m a great dealmaker and I can resolve Kashmir.’ But let’s hope he doesn’t,” Pande, of the Hudson Institute, said.

Controversial citizenship bill

Some members of the U.S. Congress are also expressing concern about Modi’s controversial move to give Indian citizenship to immigrants from three neighboring countries — unless they are Muslims.

Trump, during the India visit, will raise such matters, particularly the religious freedom issue, which is “extremely important to this administration,” according to a senior administration official.

“Attempts to lecture, coerce, punish, intervene in India’s affairs have traditionally not been particularly effective,” Smith, of the Heritage Foundation, said.

Trump will be the fourth consecutive U.S. president to travel to India, continuing the shift in allegiance by Washington to Delhi from India’s archrival and neighbor.

Khan, after a recent meeting with Trump during the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, said the U.S. president also promised to visit Pakistan soon.

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If “there is no complementary visit to Pakistan or no side agreement on some other way to assuage concerns there, then I think Pakistan will take it as a slight,” said Richard Russow, senior adviser for U.S.-India policy studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. (VOA)