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Greater Noida stadium gets ICC accreditation

The new stadium in Greater Noida has received the ICC (International Cricket Council) accreditation, paving the way for international matches- from Tests to T20 to be held there.

The new stadium in Greater Noida has received the ICC (International Cricket Council) accreditation, paving the way for international matches-from Tests to T20 to be held there.

Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority (GNIDA) received official confirmation about the accredidation for Shaheed Vijay Singh Pathik Sports Complex, Deepak Agarwal, CEO, Noida and Greater Noida Authority, said.

Jeff Crowe, a former New Zealand captain and currently an ICC match referee, along with M V Shridhar, general manager for cricket operations for BCCI, and Niranjan Singh Virk, anti-corruption manager, ICC, visited the stadium on December 13. They inspected the ground and were satisfied with the facilities.

We are happy to have been granted the accreditation and approval for holding international tournaments,” said Agarwal. “ICC inspection and certification is crucial for a stadium to be qualified for international cricket matches. With ICC certification, we will be able to hold ODIs and T20s besides more international league cricket matches,” he said. “All matches except with India can be held at the stadium,” he said.

The newly built stadium had officially become the home ground for Afghanistan cricketers in December 2015 after they shifted their home ground from Sharjah. Several cricketers have been practising at the stadium since its opening. The ground has hosted both national and international cricket tournaments for some time now.

The ICC had organised an intercontinental cup series from April 10 to 13 this year. Teams from Afghanistan, Namibia and Nepal had participated in the tournament. In December 2015, it hosted a Ranji Trophy match between UP and Vadodara, and the Afghanistan-Zimbabwe Under-19 cricket series.

Greater Noida industrial Development Authority (GNIDA) officials said that in March 2017, they have scheduled matches between Afghanistan and Ireland. “We have lined up eight matches in March 2017. The two countries will play three T20 matches and five ODIs at the stadium starting from March 8 through 24,” said Rajiv Tyagi, general manager (projects), GNIDA.

The stadium currently has a seating capacity for 8,000 people. It has been constructed by GNIDA as per ICC specifications. Spread over 39 acres, it is also equipped with a bowling alley, a tennis complex, indoor stadium with a seating capacity of 6,500, and an athletic pavilion.

Source : TOI