Cricket is remarkably a well-known game, undoubtedly one of the most famous of all. It was 1611 when the first instance of cricket being played was referred to. Halfway through the 17th century, village cricket developed. The first identifiable game contested with county team names concluded in 1709. 

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Cricketer Virat Kohli while playing cricket https://resize.indiatvnews.com/en/resize/newbucket/715_-/2017/10/kohli-bcci-1507097141.jpg 

Cricket was acquainted with North America through the English states as right on time as the seventeenth century, and in the eighteenth century, it showed up in different pieces of the globe. It was acquainted with the West Indies by colonists and to India by British East India Company sailors. It showed up in Australia nearly when colonization was initiated in 1788, and the game arrived in New Zealand and South Africa in the early long stretches of the nineteenth century. 

Over the years, the game of cricket has undergone many changes to construct what the game today is, and so has the architecture affiliated with cricket. This article enumerates the evolution of architecture around cricket. 

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Cricket being played in earlier days ©ICC https://www.icc-cricket.com/about/cricket/history-of-cricket/early-cricket#:~:text=The%20first%20reference%20to%20cricket,cricket%20as%20a%20boys’%20game.&text=In%20the%20first%20half%20of,south%2Deastern%20counties%20of%20England. 

Let’s talk about the architecture of cricket in its initial days. There are also some thoughts given to the fact that cricket might have developed with the authority given to the bowlers, by the mediation of a batsman attempting to prevent the ball from arriving at its objective by hitting it away. In such a case, there would’ve been a minimum requirement of space as batsmen were not obliged to hit long sixes as they are now in the shorter format of the game. 

A cricket game would have just been possible in a small piece of land, with just the space required for a pitch, where players probably contested as individuals rather than teams. So, there were no architectural structures as such at that time for the game. 

Eventually, the authority of bowlers must have shifted to the batsmen, the game as we know it today. The fate of the team depends on the magnitude of runs scored. In 1744, the principal Laws of Cricket were composed and along these lines altered in 1774, when developments, for example, lbw, a third stump, – the center stump and an utmost bat width-were added. The codes were drawn up by the “Star and Garter Club” whose individuals eventually established the acclaimed Marylebone Cricket Club at Lord’s in 1787.  

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Lord’s Cricket Ground in 1884 https://www.lords.org/lords/our-history/timeline 
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Lords Cricket Ground Pavilion ©Yorkspotter https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lord%27s 

MCC quickly turned into the overseer of the Laws and has made modifications since the time then to the current day. Lord’s cricket ground soon turned out to be the world’s first cricket stadium. By 1814, the public house and the pavilion were in the picture of the ground. In 1826, another pavilion was made. During the period from 1864-66, the existing pavilion extended and terrace seating with a roof installed. Within two years, the first grandstand and Lord’s hotel opened up. In 1885, it had a wing added to the grandstand and terrace erected, by then the member’s luncheon rooms were also added. 

In 1890, Thomas Verity’s new pavilion opened. It was 1899 when a mounting stand was constructed on the tennis court. After a long time, in 1924, cantilever stands were added at the nursery end. A new grandstand, new cantilevered stand, and father time weathervane opened in 1926. Warner stand’s construction finished in 1958. 1968, Tavern stand completed. 1987, New Mount stand. 1998, New grandstand completed. In 1999, the media center was constructed. 

The architecture of cricket followed the footsteps of the Lords. Many major changes to the cricket stadium were followed by the execution of it in the Lords. The discussions about a few iconic cricket stadiums are enlisted.

1. Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, India 

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Wankhede Stadium https://curlytales.com/ 

The Wankhede stadium has been a host to various prominent cricket matches before, most eminently the 2011 Cricket World Cup Final, in which India won over Sri Lanka and turned into the first nation to win the cricket world cup on home soil. The arena currently has a limit of 33,108, following redesigns for the 2011 Cricket World Cup. Before the overhaul, the limit was roughly 45,000. 

The Wankhede Stadium was constructed by 1975. One of the features is the suspended cantilever rooftops. The Teflon texture rooftop is lighter in weight and warmth safe. There is no pillar support for the rooftop to guarantee that the onlookers will have a superior view. On the rooftop, there are exhaust fans that suck the hot air from the stands and permit the breeze from the West to stream in. It has 20 lifts for North and South stands. 

2. HPCA Stadium, Himachal Pradesh, India 

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Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium https://www.reddit.com/ 

Just 10 years old, this arena is effectively one of the world’s generally stupendous. It sits amid the snow-covered Himalayas in the Dalai Lama’s old neighborhood of Dharamshala, with brilliantly painted stands and a structure that enigmatically takes after a sanctuary. 

The arena is home to the Himachal Pradesh cricket crew and has Indian Premier League matches, however, it’s the very view that makes this a particularly uncommon and extraordinary setting. Greenwoods Inn Dharamshala is a just improved retreat in the slopes, with heavenly views. 

3. Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia 

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Melbourne Cricket Ground https://sports.ndtv.com/cricket/grounds/26-melbourne-cricket-ground-groundprofile 

The Melbourne Cricket Ground (otherwise known as the MCG) is the biggest arena of cricket, with a limit of 100,000 observers. The first-since forever Test match in cricket history (among Australia and England) occurred at this mammoth arena in 1877. Be that as it may, the most electric atmosphere to be found here is effective upon the arrival of the Boxing Day Test when the group arrives at euphoric statures. Stay at Southbank Views and relish the indoor pool and nearness to the MCG. 

4. The Oval, London, England 

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The Oval ©ICC https://www.icc-cricket.com/

South of the Thames in London is a region called Kensington, It has an arena known as “the Oval”. Also known as the Kia Oval. The Kia Oval is only 31 years younger than Lords, set up in 1845. Yet, the historical backdrop of the oval is a lot more seasoned than its date of foundation. The previously recorded match in this field for proficient cricket was on June 18, 1724, almost 300 years prior. Around then it was only a decent field to play a match on. 

Throughout the long term, it has facilitated some renowned homegrown occasions including the FA cup. In cricket, the primary Test Match England facilitated was at the Oval. Customarily, the last match of test cricket for the English Cricket season is facilitated here. 

5. Eden Gardens, Kolkata, India 

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Eden Gardens https://kolkatatourism.travel/eden-gardens-kolkata

Eden Gardens is a cricket stadium in Kolkata, India. Set up in 1864, it is the most established and second-biggest cricket arena in India after the recently assembled Narendra Modi Stadium and third-biggest on the planet after Narendra Modi Stadium and Melbourne Cricket Ground. 

The arena right now has a limit of 80,000. Eden Gardens is regularly alluded to as the home of Indian cricket. It has the quickest outfield of all the cricket arenas in India, and is viewed as a “batsman’s heaven”. The ground has been alluded to as “cricket’s response to the Colosseum.”

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Naveen is a student of architecture who is exploring his way out to the world of architecture and art. A full-time learner, part-time reader, and an occasional writer.

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