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Greater Noida Sports Complex Ground

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The Greater Noida Sports Complex Ground, also known as Shaheed Vijay Singh Pathik Sports Complex, is a cricket and association football stadium in Greater Noida, India, and it is the home ground of the Afghan national cricket team.

Greater Noida Sports Complex Ground
Ground information
Location Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh
Coordinates 28°28′14″N 77°31′12″E / 28.470467°N 77.519936°E / 28.470467; 77.519936Coordinates: 28°28′14″N 77°31′12″E / 28.470467°N 77.519936°E / 28.470467; 77.519936
Establishment 2013
Capacity 8,000 [1]
Owner Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority
Operator Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association.,[2]
Tenants Uttar Pradesh cricket team, Afghanistan national cricket team
International information
First ODI 15 March 2017:
 Afghanistan v  Ireland
Last ODI 24 March 2017:
 Afghanistan v  Ireland
First T20I 8 March 2017:
 Afghanistan v  Ireland
Last T20I 12 March 2017:
 Afghanistan v  Ireland
Team information
Uttar Pradesh cricket team, Young Cannons (association football) (2015-)
Afghanistan national cricket team (2015-)
As of 15 March 2017
Source: ESPNcricinfo

The stadium conforms to norms and specifications prescribed by International Cricket Council (ICC) with associated amenities like media and corporate boxes, medical facilities, merchandise stores, a food court, an information kiosk and many others. In December 2016, the ICC gave approval for the ground to host international matches between Full Member teams.[3] As of 19 Aug, 2017 it has hosted 5 ODIs and 3 T20Is.

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HistoryEdit

Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association secretary Rajeev Shukla in November 2009 said the Jaypee Group, who are developing a Sports city in Greater Noida are building a cricket stadium there and UPCA has already inked a fifty-year agreement with them to hold matches. At that time, he added that stadium will be ready by 2011 and it will hold Twenty20 and One-Day International matches. Initially the spectator capacity at the stadium will be 40,000 but it will be increased to 100,000.

The stadium had discussions with ICC to give it a status for holding Tests and One Day International matches. Previously, the stadium qualified for holding all matches except Tests and ODIs,[4] but later confirmed to host any international match.

It is also the home ground of the Afghanistan cricket team. However, the seating capacity of the stadium is currently 8,000 with no current plans to upgrade it to what was initially planned.

Shukla said they were ready to take Green Park Stadium on lease from the state government but they have not been successful in convincing the authorities. He said they were looking for a land between Kanpur and Lucknow to have their own stadium.[5][6]

It is built as per the latest ICC specifications and guidelines, and is named Shaheed Vijay Singh Pathik Sports Complex. The stadium is fully equipped with all the facilities with floodlights, a bowling alley, an indoor stadium, lawn tennis courts in the premises. The stadium is located near YMCA and Jaypee Resorts in Greater Noida. The stadium hosted its first ever Ranji Trophy match between Uttar Pradesh cricket team and Baroda cricket team from December 1 to 4, 2015.[7]

Greater Noida is hosting the 2016 Duleep Trophy matches. All the matches were played with pink ball under lights.

Home ground for AfghanistanEdit

The stadium became the home ground for the Afghanistan cricket team after they decided to shift their home ground from Sharjah.[8][9][10] The stadium hosted 2015–17 ICC Intercontinental Cup match between Afghanistan cricket team and Namibia cricket team in April 2016 as Afghanistan beat Namibia by an innings and 36 runs.[11][12]

On 25 July 2016, it was announced that Afghanistan will host a full series against Ireland at this stadium.[13] Besides a 4-day Intercontinental cup match, Ireland and Afghanistan played 5 ODIs and 3 T20Is in March 2017. Afghanistan won both T20I series 3–0,[14] and ODI series 3-2.[15]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Greater Noida stadium inspected by ICC and BCCI officials". Times of India. 
  2. ^ "UP to get one more cricket stadium by 2011". Zeenews , Friday, 27 November 2009, 21:26,First Published:PTI. 
  3. ^ "ICC approves Greater Noida for Full Member games". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 23 December 2016. 
  4. ^ "Ferozshah Kotla faces challenge from Greater Noida stadium". 
  5. ^ "UP to get one more cricket stadium by 2011". Times of India, 27 November 2009, 08.53pm IST. 2009-11-27. 
  6. ^ Official Website
  7. ^ "UP-Vadodara Ranji match shifted to Greater Noida". Times Of India. 2015-11-20. Retrieved 22 February 2016. 
  8. ^ "India to host Afghanistan home games". ESPNCricinfo. Retrieved 11 December 2015. 
  9. ^ "Soon a Noida home for Afghan cricketers". 2 December 2015. Retrieved 22 February 2016. 
  10. ^ "First-Class Matches played on Greater Noida Sports Complex Ground, Greater Noida (1)". CricketArchive. Retrieved 22 February 2016. 
  11. ^ ICC Intercontinental Cup, Afghanistan v Namibia at Greater Noida, Apr 10-13, 2016
  12. ^ Shahzad, spinners give Afghanistan innings win
  13. ^ "Ireland, Afghanistan set to play nine matches in Greater Noida". Cricbuzz. Retrieved 13 August 2016. 
  14. ^ "Nabi, Shahzad lead Afghanistan sweep". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 12 March 2017. 
  15. ^ "Afghanistan v Ireland ODI Series, 2016-17". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 24 March 2017. 

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