Time to Prepare for the Twenty20 Cricket World Cup
The time for the ICC Twenty20 Cricket World Cup has arrived, and not only are we excited about all the matches to come, but the beautiful destinations where these games will be played.
The cricket matches will be hosted all over India and teams from around the world will descend into India to battle it out for the winning title. To add another dimension to the ICC World Cup 2016, we’re bringing you a list of the locations and stadiums and some interesting facts about each one. If you’re planning to travel to any of the matches, our article will guide you towards great hotels and flight options, as well as giving you a bigger picture of your desired destination.
The ICC Cricket World Cup begins on the 8th March 2016, with the first game seeing Zimbabwe and Hong Kong take each other on at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur.
Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur, Maharashtra
This stadium was built on top of the old Vidarbha Cricket Stadium, and is considered to be one of the best facilities in International Cricket. But this stadium is not the only interesting fact about Nagpur; it is well-known that the area is famous for its oranges, but listed below are a few things you might not have known:
- Nagpur is considered to be the greenest city in India
- All of the country’s gold assets are stored in the Nagpur branch of the Reserve Bank of India
- One of India’s fastest bowlers, Umesh Yadav, is from Nagpur
There are many alluring sights to see and places to visit in Nagpur, including Ambazari Lake, Raman Science Centre and the famous Deekshabhoomi Buddhist Temple. Click below to view a range of hotels for different budgets and flights for your visit.
Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru, Karnataka
Built in 1969 and formerly known as the Karnataka State Cricket Association ground, the Chinnaswamy Stadium, will be hosting several cricket matches in the 2016 ICC World Cup. Here are some other interesting facts about Bangalore/Bengaluru that might increase your desire to take a trip this beautiful capital city of Karnataka.
- In 1906 Bangalore was one of the first cities in India to be powered by hydroelectricity
- Bangalore has the highest number of engineers in the world working and living in its midst
- Bangalore is considered to be the tidiest/cleanest city in India
- Bangalore is home to The Lalbagh Rock, which is approximately 3,000 million year old
- One of India’s greatest batsmen and former Indian Cricket Captain Rahul Dravid is from Bangalore/Bengaluru
Our article about Bangalore’s top attractions gives an overview of the best things to do in Bangalore or you can read more about the best hotels the city has to offer in another of our useful articles. Or if you want to browse other hotel or flight options, click the link below.
Feroz Shah Kotla Ground, Delhi
The Feroz Ground is the second oldest international cricket stadium in India, after Eden Gardens, and was built in 1883. The Indian National Cricket Team has been undefeated at Feroz, in Test matches, for over 20 years. We recommend you go and see your national team gracefully take down any opponents at this ground, where the home support can be felt all around you. Whilst you’re in Delhi, you should take the opportunity to explore the incredible sights and sounds of the country’s capital; read more about things to do, places to stay and where to get great food in our New Delhi Tourism Guide.
Eden Gardens, Kolkata, West Bengal
Eden Gardens is the largest and oldest cricket stadium in India and the second largest in the world; home of the Bengal Cricket Team this is one of the most iconic stadiums in international cricket, making it a perfect destination to host the ICC Cricket World Cup.
Kolkata is one of the most internationally famous cities in India, but here are some things you might not know:
- Kolkata, previously known as Calcutta, was once considered to be the second most important city in the whole of the British Empire
- The Great Banyan can be found in Kolkata’s Botanical Gardens; this is the largest tree in the world, spanning approximately 330-metres
- Kolkata is still home to the old-style hand-pulled rickshaws
- Blessed Mother Teresa spent most of her life in Kolkata, she died here in 1997
Whilst you’re not watching the cricket, you might like to explore Kolkata a little more; other places to visit in Kolkata including the Belur Math Shrine, Victoria Memorial, Marble Palace and more. Click on the links below to start planning your trip now.
HPCA Stadium, Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh
High up in the hills of Himachal Pradesh, in the home of the Dalai Lama is Dharamasala. Here you will find the HPCA stadium, a cricket ground that gives visitors the chance to watch exciting games with mesmerising snow-topped mountains in the background.
The chance to see the breath-taking views and tense cricket matches are not the only things to get excited about in Dharamsala; there are also fantastic opportunities to get more intimate with Mother Nature, including trips to the Deodar Forest or climbs up to the Dal Lake. Read our article to find out all of the great things to do in Himachal Pradesh if you’re thinking of extending your trip and exploring the wider area. For flights and hotel options select the link below.
PCA Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh
The PCA Stadium, more commonly known as Mohali Stadium, is a new, lively stadium where the crowd really gets involved in the support of the cricketers and spirit of cricket. The lush green stadium is one of the greenest grounds in the game, allowing fast bowlers to make the most of the extra shine they keep on the ball. The first game in the 2016 ICC World Cup at Mohali Stadium will be New Zealand vs. Pakistan on March 23rd.
Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, Maharashtra
The Wankhede Stadium was the last stadium to host the great Sachin Tendulkar’s last international cricket match in 2013. Mumbai is incredibly important city for India, not just for cricket, but for the rich history it holds in its streets and sights; you can read more about the city in our Mumbai tourism guide. One thing you cannot miss out on when travelling to Mumbai (besides the cricket) is the delectable street food dishes on offer; we asked travel blogger Boho Chica to share her insider tips in our article here.
Teams from all around the world will be coming to India to participate in the cricket world cup; read more about their stadiums in our article about the best cricket stadiums around the world.
Good Luck India, we are all rooting for you!