Ekana Cricket Stadium also known as Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee (BRSABV) Ekana Cricket Stadium[3][4] is an international cricket stadium in Lucknow, India. The arena has a seating capacity of 50,000,[1] and is the fifth largest international cricket stadium of India.[5] In 2018, the stadium was renamed in honour of India's 10th Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. It was formerly named Ekana International Cricket Stadium, and locals prefer to address it as Ekana Cricket Stadium. As of 18 Jan 2024, it has hosted 1 Test, 9 ODIs and 6 T20Is. [a][6][4][3]

Ekana Cricket Stadium
Bharat Ratn Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee (BRSABV) Ekana Cricket Stadium
Inside view of the stadium
Former namesEkana International Cricket Stadium
AddressEkana Sportz City, Gomti Nagar Extension
Coordinates26°48′40″N 81°01′01″E / 26.81111°N 81.01694°E / 26.81111; 81.01694
OwnerEkana Sportz City
OperatorEkana Sportz City
Seating typeStadium
Field size160x156m
Field shapeRound
Opened2017; 7 years ago (2017)
ArchitectSkyline Architectural Consultants[2]
Ekana Sportz city
Ground information
International information
Only Test27–29 November 2019:
 Afghanistan v  West Indies
First ODI6 November 2019:
 Afghanistan v  West Indies
Last ODI3 November 2023:
 Afghanistan v  Netherlands
First T20I6 November 2018:
 India v  West Indies
Last T20I29 January 2023:
 India v  New Zealand
First WODI7 March 2021:
 India v  South Africa
Last WODI17 March 2021:
 India v  South Africa
First WT20I20 March 2021:
 India v  South Africa
Last WT20I23 March 2021:
 India v  South Africa
Team information
Uttar Pradesh cricket team (2017-present)
Lucknow Super Giants (2021-present)
UP Warriorz (2023-present)
As of 31 October 2023
Source: ESPNcricinfo

The stadium has the longest straight boundaries in comparison to all the stadiums in India. It is the home ground of Uttar Pradesh cricket team, UP women's cricket team and IPL franchise the Lucknow Super Giants.[7]

In 2019, the Afghanistan cricket team used it as their home ground.[8] K.D. Singh Babu stadium used to host international cricket matches in Lucknow before the venue was built.

The arena hosted the five matches of the 2023 Men's Cricket World Cup.[9]

History edit

The project for constructing the world class stadium in Lucknow was commissioned in 2014, and the stadium was built under public-private partnership between Ekana Sportz City and Lucknow Development Authority. Ekana Sportz City is a Joint venture between Nagarjuna Construction Company, GC Construction & Development Industries Pvt Ltd.

As per the agreement of the partnership, the government provided Ekana Sportz City with 35-year lease of 71 acres to build the cricket stadium, with the lease running through 2052. In addition, the government also provided 66 additional acres of land for real estate projects on a 99-year lease. The cricket stadium has been built with a budget of 360 crores (3.6 billion rupees).[10]

Before its international debut, it also hosted the final of the 2017–18 Duleep Trophy.[11] The stadium was allocated the 3rd ODI between India and New Zealand to be held on 27 Oct 2017. However, the venue was shifted to Kanpur after the stadium was declared incomplete.[12]

On 6 November 2018, the stadium hosted its first international match, a Twenty20 International (T20I) between India and the West Indies,[13] becoming the 52nd stadium in India to host an international cricket match.[14] International cricket match returned to Lucknow after 24 years, after the India and Sri Lanka test match of 1994.[15] In that match Rohit Sharma became the first cricketer to score four centuries in T20Is.[16] India won that match by 71 runs.[17] The last time Lucknow hosted an international match was in January 1994, when India played a test match against Sri Lanka at the K.D. Singh Babu Stadium.[18]

In May 2019, Afghanistan Cricket Board requested the BCCI to use this venue for their international matches.[19] In August 2019, BCCI awarded the venue to Afghanistan national cricket team as their third home venue in India, being previously played in Dehradun and Greater Noida.[20]

It hosted all the matches during Afghanistan vs West Indies series in 2019.[21] On 6 November 2019, the venue hosted its first ODI match.[22] On 27 November 2019, the venue hosted its first Test match.[23]

In May 2022, the venue was scheduled to host all the matches of the fourth edition of Women's T20 Challenge. However, later the matches were shifted to Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune.[24]

Events edit

The venue has hosted two major events organized by the UP government.

Award distribution ceremony edit

On 19 August 2021, an award giving ceremony was held at the stadium by the state government to honor the athletes who won the medals at 2020 Summer Olympics that was held in 2021 at Tokyo, Japan. They all were facilitated with monetary rewards given by the Uttar Pradesh government. The highest prize was given to Neeraj Chopra who was the only one from India to won gold medal in Javelin throw.[25]

Swearing-in ceremony edit

On 25 March 2022, at the venue Yogi Adityanath took oath as chief minister of Uttar Pradesh along with his cabinet, after his impressive victory in 2022 Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly elections. The oath was given by the Governor of state, Anandiben Patel.

Many VVIP's, celebrities, big businessmen were invited in the ceremony including the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home minister Amit Shah and the Chief Ministers of NDA led states.[26]

Cricket World Cup edit

2023 Men's World Cup edit

12 October 2023
14:00 (D/N)
South Africa  
311/7 (50 overs)
177 (40.5 overs)
Quinton de Kock 109 (106)
Glenn Maxwell 2/34 (10 overs)
Marnus Labuschagne 46 (74)
Kagiso Rabada 3/33 (8 overs)
South Africa won by 134 runs
Umpires: Richard Illingworth (Eng) and Joel Wilson (WI)
Player of the match: Quinton de Kock (SA)
  • Australia won the toss and elected to field.
  • This was Australia's largest defeat in World Cups surpassing their 118 run loss to India in 1983, in terms of runs (134).[27]

16 October 2023
14:00 (D/N)
Sri Lanka  
209 (43.3 overs)
215/5 (35.2 overs)
Kusal Perera 78 (82)
Adam Zampa 4/47 (8 overs)
Josh Inglis 58 (59)
Dilshan Madushanka 3/38 (9 overs)
Australia won by 5 wickets
Umpires: Chris Gaffaney (NZ) and Joel Wilson (WI)[b]
Player of the match: Adam Zampa (Aus)
  • Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat.

21 October 2023
262 (49.4 overs)
  Sri Lanka
263/5 (48.2 overs)
Sybrand Engelbrecht 70 (82)
Dilshan Madushanka 4/49 (9.4 overs)
Sadeera Samarawickrama 91* (107)
Aryan Dutt 3/44 (10 overs)
Sri Lanka won by 5 wickets
Umpires: Marais Erasmus (SA) and Ahsan Raza (Pak)
Player of the match: Sadeera Samarawickrama (SL)
  • Netherlands won the toss and elected to bat.

29 October 2023
14:00 (D/N)
229/9 (50 overs)
129 (34.5 overs)
Rohit Sharma 87 (101)
David Willey 3/45 (10 overs)
Liam Livingstone 27 (46)
Mohammed Shami 4/22 (7 overs)
India won by 100 runs
Umpires: Adrian Holdstock (SA) and Rod Tucker (Aus)
Player of the match: Rohit Sharma (Ind)
  • England won the toss and elected to field.
  • Rohit Sharma (Ind) played in his 100th ODI as captain.[28]

3 November 2023
14:00 (D/N)
179 (46.3 overs)
181/3 (31.3 overs)
Sybrand Engelbrecht 58 (86)
Mohammad Nabi 3/28 (9.3 overs)
Hashmatullah Shahidi 56* (64)
Saqib Zulfiqar 1/25 (3 overs)
Afghanistan won by 7 wickets
Umpires: Nitin Menon (Ind) and Sharfuddoula (Ban)
Player of the match: Mohammad Nabi (Afg)

Records edit

List of international centuries edit

Test matches edit

Only one Test century has been scored at the venue.[7]

No. Score Player Team Balls Opposing team Date Result
1 111* Shamarh Brooks   West Indies 214   Afghanistan 28 November 2019 West Indies won[31]

One Day Internationals edit

Three ODI centuries have been scored at the venue, two in a men's match and one in a women's match.[32][33]

Men's ODI centuries on the ground
No. Score Player Team Balls Versus Date Result
1 109* Shai Hope   West Indies 145   Afghanistan 11 November 2019 West Indies won[34]
2 109 Quinton de Kock   South Africa 106   Australia 12 October 2023 South Africa won [35]
Women's ODI centuries on the ground
No. Score Player Team Balls Versus Date Result
1 132* Lizelle Lee   South Africa 132   India 12 March 2021 South Africa won[36]

Twenty20 Internationals edit

Only one T20I century has been scored at the venue.[37]

No. Score Player Team Balls Versus Date Result
1 111* Rohit Sharma   India 61   West Indies 6 November 2018 India won[38]

List of international five-wicket hauls edit

Test matches edit

No. Bowler Date Team Versus Inn Overs Runs Wkts Result
1 Rahkeem Cornwall 27 November 2019   West Indies   Afghanistan 1 25.3 75 7 West Indies won[31]
2 Hamza Hotak 27 November 2019   Afghanistan   West Indies 2 28.3 74 5 West Indies won[31]

T20Is edit

No. Bowler Date Team Versus Inn Overs Runs Wkts Result
1 Karim Janat 16 November 2019   Afghanistan   West Indies 2 4 11 5 Afghanistan won[39]

Explanatory notes edit

  1. ^ "Ekana" is a Sanskrit words, which means 'unity' in English.
  2. ^ Joel Wilson replaced Alex Wharf.

See also edit

References edit

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