ICC approves Greater Noida Stadium to organise full-member matches

| Updated: Dec 24, 2016 02:42 IST

New Delhi [India], Dec. 23 (ANI): The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Friday confirmed that International Cricket Council (ICC) has approved the Shaheed Vijay Singh Pathik Cricket Stadium in Greater Noida, UP for staging international cricket matches involving full member teams of the ICC. ICC had first inspected the venue in December 2015 and it was approved at that time for staging associate member matches only. The venue was upgraded to ensure minimum requirements, enabling full member matches to be played. Last week, the ICC Inspected the venue and it was confirmed that the minimum requirements for full member matches are now in place. Consequently, the SVSP Cricket Stadium, Greater Noida has been approved for staging international cricket matches involving Full Member teams. 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," he added. (ANI)