#WT20 India 2016 – A look at the grounds
With India all set to host the ICC World Twenty20 for the first time in 2016, we take a look at the 8 grounds that will host the 58 matches over 27 days from March 8 to April 3
27 February 2016 17:00
With a capacity in excess of 65,000, Eden Gardens in Kolkata at its rambunctious best is a spectacle that can match a concert in Wembley or a football final at San Siro. The iconic ground has seen it all – cricket world cup finals, victory laps, and even games where the Kolkata crowd has had the final say. No Indian cricket fan will forget that classic day in March 2001 at the venue, when VVS Laxman's 281 and his partnership with Rahul Dravid against Australia scripted one of the greatest come-from-behind victories. More recently, Rohit Sharma marked the 150th anniversary of the ground with a 173-ball 264, the highest ODI score.
Eden Gardens will host four games of the ICC World T20 2016, including Pakistan v Group A topper (March 16), Sri Lanka v Group B topper (March 17), Group A topper v New Zealand (March 26) and the final on April 3.
It will also host the ICC Women's World T20 final on April 3.
M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru, made history by becoming the world's first solar powered cricket stadium in 2015. It was the venue for the debut of West Indies greats Viv Richards and Gordon Greenidge, as well as Sunil Gavaskar's last innings. Home to Indian Premier League franchise Royal Challengers Bengaluru, the stadium has recently enthralled cricket fans with thrilling sixes by Chris Gayle, Yuvraj Singh, Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers.
The stadium will play host to the inaugural ICC Women's World T20 2016 fixture between India and Bangladesh on March 15. It will also host England Women v Bangladesh Women (March 17), South Africa Women v New Zealand Women (March 26) and South Africa Women v Sri Lanka Women (March 30). Four warm-up games will also be held here.
Featured men's matches include Sri Lanka v West Indies (March 20), and Australia and India against the topper from Group A (March 21 and 23 respectively).
The Wankhede Stadium has stands named after famous Indian cricketers such as Vijay Merchant, Sunil Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar. The ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 final was played here and it will be remembered for the straight six into the stands by MS Dhoni, the India skipper, that sealed India's victory to be world champions.
Wankhede will host West Indies v England (March 16), South Africa v England (March 18), South Africa v Group B topper (March 20), as well as the second semi-final on March 31.
It will also host the women's semi-final ahead of the men's.
The Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) Stadium, Mohali, offers players and spectators the best of facilities, as well as a lively and lush green pitch and outfield. The ground is probably best remembered for the 1996 World Cup semi-final, when Australia squeezed past the West Indies in a nail-biting finish, and the India v Pakistan ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 semi-final, attended by the leaders of both countries.
Pakistan will play two matches at this venue, against New Zealand (March 22) and Australia (March 25). Australia will also play India here (March 27).
Among the ICC Women's World T20 2016 matches, Ireland Women will play New Zealand Women (March 18) and Sri Lanka Women (March 20), while West Indies Women takes on India Women (March 27).
Nagpur, the traditional winter capital of the state of Maharashtra in India is well known for its oranges. It is also famous for producing India's first Test captain, CK Nayadu. The new Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium at Jamtha, Nagpur, opened in 2008 and replaced the old one. Spread across 33 acres, the new stadium claims world-class practice facilities and modern infrastructure. The only T20I played here had Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara scoring 78 off 37 balls and leading his team to a 29-run victory over India in December 2009.
The stadium has a busy schedule for the ICC World T20 2016. It will host nine men's fixtures, including all six Group B matches between Scotland, Hong Kong, Zimbabwe and Afghanistan. India v New Zealand (March 15) and the West Indies v South Africa (March 25) and West Indies v Group B topper (March 27) are the other games.
Australia Women's matches against South Africa (March 18) and New Zealand (March 21) will also be here.
At the HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala, you are in a place of natural grandeur. At 1317m above sea level with the Himalayas in the background, the stadium is among the loftiest international grounds. The first ODI played here was in January 2013, which England won against India with Ian Bell scoring a ton.
Dharamsala will host all Group A fixtures featuring Bangladesh, the Netherlands, Ireland and Oman. It will also host Australia v New Zealand (March 18) and the much-awaited India v Pakistan clash (March 19).
England Women will play two matches here, against India Women (March 22) and West Indies Women (March 24).
In 1983, Sunil Gavaskar scored his 29th century at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi, to equal Don Bradman's record for the highest number of Test hundreds. In 2005, Sachin Tendulkar broke Gavaskar's record with his 35th Test century at the same venue. Feroz Shah Kotla has seen many a cricketing feat, but none more famous than Anil Kumble's ten wickets in an innings against Pakistan in 1999.
The Kotla has been allotted four men's and six women's matches, including one semi-final for both. Before that, England plays Group B topper (March 23) and Sri Lanka (March 26), while South Africa takes on Sri Lanka (March 28).
ICC Women's World T20 2016 games include New Zealand Women v Sri Lanka Women (March 15), India Women v Pakistan Women (March 19), Australia Women v Sri Lanka Women (March 24), Pakistan Women v Bangladesh Women (March 24) and Australia Women v Ireland Women (March 26), apart from the semi-final on March 30.
Better known as Chepauk owing to its location in Chennai, the first Test played here was in 1933-34 between Douglas Jardine's England and CK Nayudu's India. The venue is famous for witnessing only the second tied Test in cricket's history, between India and Australia in 1986.
The stadium will host five Women's WT20 2016 warm-up matches, before West Indies Women v Pakistan Women (March 16), West Indies Women v Bangladesh Women (March 20), South Africa Women v Ireland Women (March 23) and England Women v Pakistan Women (March 27).