Greater Noida stadium given ICC go-ahead

The Shaheed Vijay Singh Pathik Cricket Stadium in Greater Noida will now be able to host international matches between full-member teams. after an approval given by the International Cricket Council.

A view of the SVSP stadium in Greater Noida ahead of the day-night Duleep Trophy match in September this year.   -  Sandeep Saxena

Shaheed Vijay Singh Pathik Cricket Stadium in Greater Noida will now be able to host international matches between full-member teams, after the International Cricket Council (ICC) gave its approval to the venue. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced this development in a media release.

The ICC was satisfied that the “minimum requirements” needed for matches between full-member teams were in place, after an inspection last week, according to the communique.

Until now, the venue had the permission only to host matches between Associate nations, after ICC’s inspection in December, 2015. In order to fulfil the “minimum requirements” for matches of the higher stature in international cricket, the venue was upgraded.

BCCI president Anurag Thakur said, “I’m pleased to announce that the SVSP Cricket Stadium, Greater Noida is now fully compliant to 

host international matches with full members. BCCI had organised Paytm Duleep Trophy for the first time in day-night format using the ‘Pink’ ball from August 23 to Sept 14, 2016 that tested the venue’s infrastructure and facility. The Afghanistan national team had also used the venue for their home games earlier this year. I am confident that this approval will inspire the authorities to take this stadium to next level.”