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Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium

Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium
MCA Stadium
MCA International Stadium[1]
Ground information
LocationGahunje, Pune
Coordinates18°40′28″N 73°42′24″E / 18.67444°N 73.70667°E / 18.67444; 73.70667
Home club
Establishment2012[2]
Capacity42,700[3][4]
OwnerMaharashtra Cricket Association
ArchitectMichael Hopkins,[2] Hopkins Architects[5]
ContractorM/S Shapoorji Pallonji & Co. Ltd[6]
OperatorMaharashtra Cricket Association
TenantsIndia cricket team
India women's cricket team
Pune Warriors India (2012–2013)
Kings XI Punjab (2015)
Rising Pune Supergiant (2016–2017)
Chennai Super Kings (2018-2019)
End names
Pavilion End
Hill End
International information
First Test23–25 February 2017:
 India v  Australia
Last Test10–13 October 2019:
 India v  South Africa
First ODI13 October 2013:
 India v  Australia
Last ODI11 November 2023:
 Bangladesh v  Australia
First T20I20 December 2012:
 India v  England
Last T20I5 January 2023:
 India v  Sri Lanka
As of 5 January 2023
Source: Ground Info

Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium is an international cricket stadium in Pune, Maharashtra, India.[7] It is owned and operated by the Maharashtra Cricket Association.[8]

It is the home ground of the Maharashtra cricket team and Maharashtra women's cricket team, it is the headquarters of the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA). The stadium is situated on the outskirts of city limit of Pune in Gahunje village near Mumbai–Pune Expressway.[9] It is one of the premier stadiums of the country. Before its existence, Nehru Stadium of downtown Pune was the home ground of the Maharashtra Cricket team and venue for international matches organised by MCA.[10]

MCA stadium was designed by Michael Hopkins of Hopkins architects. Its seating capacity is 42,700.[3] Arena's shape is like a deep bowl.[11][12] The venue hosted its first ever international match in December 2012.[13] Its ground's shape is round, with Bermuda grass surface. The ground has high-tech pop-up sprinklers.[14] Its final phase of construction is still yet to be completed.[12] The stadium's 75% seating area still does not have a roof.[15] It has floodlights to organise games at night.[13]

On 1 April 2012, then ICC president Sharad Pawar inaugurated the MCA stadium.[2][16][17] The arena hosed its first ever first class match in December 2011, when Himachal Pradesh played against home side Maharashtra cricket team in 2011-12 Ranji trophy edition, hosted first IPL game (Pune Warriors v King's XI Punjab) in April 2012. MCA stadium hosted its first ever T20I match in December 2012 (between India-England) and first ever Test in February 2017.[17][16]

The arena hosted 5 games of 2023 ICC World Cup including the India - Bangladesh game.[18]

History

Background

Outside view of this arena at night

The MCA's decision to build a new Cricket stadium in Pune stemmed from a dispute with the Pune Municipal Corporation,[citation needed] regarding ticket allocations for Nehru Stadium. This conflict came to a head when an international match between India and Sri Lanka was moved to Kolkata, with the MCA stating they were in no position to host the match. Following this, the MCA decided a new stadium was needed.[citation needed]

Construction

The groundbreaking ceremony was performed on the construction site on 21 October 2007 by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Sharad Pawar. MCA granted the contract to construct the first phase of the construction to Shapoorji Pallonji & Co. Ltd in November 2009. The construction work started on 14 November 2007.[19] The stadium is designed by British architect Sir Michael Hopkins of Hopkins Architects, who also credited to designed Lord's mount stand and Ages bowl stadium of Southampton, England. The project's original deadline was November 2010 with cost of ₹ 1.50 billion, covering an area of 35 acres (140,000 m2). The construction of the stadium was held from 2010 to 2012, it faced various problems before complition in December 2011. Although it's claimed that major part of the stadium is built, the final phase of the construction is still yet to complete, 75% stands do not have roof and final phase of building is yet to started as of September 2023.[10][18] Maharashtra Cricket Association intended to host matches of 2011 World Cup, due to construction delayed, it was not able to do that.[14][18]

The stadium and the seating arrangement were designed in such a way that an unobstructed view is assured from each location.The most important feature of this stadium is its rainwater drainage system. Often, matches are abandoned due to heavy downpour to overcome this problem, MCA opted for a sand-based outfield developed departmentally with technical assistance from STRI Limited, UK. Due to this technology, even during heavy showers, water on the outfield drains out fast, making it ready for play again just in few minutes.Zeolite supplied by G M Chemicals are used for Turf management.[20]

It was inaugurated in a ceremony by the then ICC President and nation's Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar on 1 April 2012. Maharashtra's chief minister Prithviraj Chavan, deputy CM Ajit Pawar was invited.[21][16]

In 2013, the Indian company Sahara India Pariwar bought the naming rights of the stadium, by virtue it was renamed as "Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium”. However, the name was changed back to the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium because Sahara paid only a part of the ₹ 200 crore that it had promised when acquiring the rights.[22]

Began hosting games

Before official inauguration, the stadium hosted a Ranji trophy match between Himachal Pradesh- Maharashtra on 21 December 2011 and some practice games.[10] In November 2015, the stadium was selected as the new Test venue of the country.[23] It hosted its first ever Test match in February 2017, it was the 1st match of the four match series, Steve Smith became first batter to score a test century in the stadium, Steve O'Keefe took six wickets in each inning, Australia won by 333 runs.[24]

In 2010s, it served as the home ground for Pune Warriors India, Rising Pune Supergiant and Chennai Super Kings in different time.[citation needed]

In 2015 IPL, Punjab Kings decided to move out of Mohali due to lukewarm spectator response at their primary home ground. Following the decision three home games were played at Pune. In 2018 IPL, due to members of some political parties protested outside the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai, political parties of Chennai demanded the IPL matches to be moved out of the city until the Cauvery Management Board[clarification needed] was set up as directed by the honourable Supreme Court of India. Additionally Chennai police expressed that they are unable to provide stadium sequrity. Chennai Super Kings relocated its remaining games to MCA stadium.[25]

On 28 March 2021, MCA hosted its 50th game.[10]

Controversy

In 2017, Indian TV network India Today exposed this stadium's official pitch curator Salgaonkar in a sting operation. The network alleged Salgaonkar for malpractice before India vs New Zealand ODI match of New Zealand tour of India. In response to that Mahrashtra Cricket Association sacked Salgaonkar from the job. According to 'cricket.com.au', the pitch curator showed batting pitch to the men around the Pune, which is clear breach of the ICC rule governing access to the Cricket pitch in international cricket matches.[26] The second ODI went ahead on schedule after the pitch had been inspected by match referee Chris Broad. The India Today footage of Salgaonkar speaking with a reporter, who was posing as a bookmaker, was broadcast a few hours before the match.[27] India Today alleged that Salgaonkar shared information about the wicket to their undercover reporter about possible scores and Salgaonkar was ready to tamper wicket for bounce. As per India Today their undercover reporter accompanied by Salgaonkar was permitted to tap, walk, and stamp on the pitch. The curator guaranteed to doctor the pitch according to demand.[28]

Salgaonkar was suspended for 6 months from the curator position by BCCI and ICC, after that he returned on the job at MCA as curator.[29]

In 2017, the pitch used for the first test of India vs Australia series was rated poor by ICC match referee Chris Broad in his match report.[30]

In 2018 Bombay High court restricted Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) from using Pavana river water for the maintenance of this stadium's ground. The court gave this verdict in response to a Public interest litigation field by a NGO, Loksatta movement. Maharashtra government granted the permission to use the water of Pavana river for industrial purpose to MCA. The judges of Bombay High court said that, "We are shocked to note that for a period of six years, the state government has allowed the MCA to draw water from the Pavana river for industrial purposes when admittedly the MCA is not running any industry. The water is being used for the stadium” and to do so was illegal.[31]

Domestic cricket

View from pavellion end.

The arena has hosted many domestic tournaments such as Ranji trophy, IPL and Women's T20 Challenge etc. In December 2011 the MCA stadium hosted its first ever first class match, when Himachal Pradesh played against home team Maharashtra in 2011-12 Ranji trophy.[16] In 2023 it hosted the inaugural season of the Maharashtra Premier League (MPL). The league has 6 teams, Maharashtra Cricket Association organise it.[32] In January 2016, the stadium hosted Ranji trophy final.[33] It hosted the first semifinal of 2017-18 Ranji between Delhi and Bengal, Delhi won the game by an innig and 26 runs.[34] Before the venue was built, Neharu stadium in downtown hosted the domestic tournaments. 1930s-1990s Deccan Gymkhana Ground has hosted many first-class matches in the city. National Defence Academy's ground in Khadakwasala has also hosted first class games in the city.[35][36] After inauguration in 2012, MCA stadium served as home venue of IPL franchise Sahara Pune Warriors.[16] The arena also was allocated as home ground of Chennai Super Kings during an IPL season.[25] It was home ground of Rising Pune Supergiant in 2016–17.[37] The entire edition of 2022 IPL was held in Maharashtra, and as a result MCA stadium hosted a significant amount of games of it.[38]

Features

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View of pavellion, grand stand from "hill end"
  • A main 15 wicket match ground[citation needed]
  • Bermuda-grass surface ground, which have pop-up sprinklers. For fast drainage of water its underground is made up 3 layers that is drainage layer of gravel, blinding layers composed of washed grit-sand and rootzone layer of silica sand, zeolite, cocopeat.[14]
  • Adjacent practice ground with nets, for practice and smaller matches[citation needed]
  • About 45,000 seats for patrons.[16]
  • A members' pavilion and a media stand
  • Additional facilities for 5,000 members including squash and badminton courts, a swimming pool, spa, restaurants and bars[citation needed]
  • 80 corporate hospitality boxes[citation needed]
  • A state-of-the-art indoor Cricket academy with residential accommodation for youth training schemes[citation needed]
  • Parking for almost 3,500 cars and 12,000 two-wheelers.[16]

ICC World Cup matches

The Maharashtra cricket association stadium is scheduled to host 5 matches of 2023 ICC World Cup including India–Bangladesh on 19 October. It is the first time that the arena will host the world cup. It was in contention to host 2011 WC's games but was not able to do that due to construction delays. The city of Pune has hosted a game each in 1987 and 1996 World Cup between Sri Lanka–England and Kenya–West Indies respectively at the Swargate's Nehru stadium.[18]

2023 ICC World Cup

19 October 2023
14:00 (D/N)
Scorecard
 Bangladesh
256/8 (50 overs)
v
 India
261/3 (41.3 overs)
Litton Das 66 (82)
Ravindra Jadeja 2/38 (10 overs)
Virat Kohli 103* (97)
Mehidy Hasan 2/47 (10 overs)
India won by 7 wickets
Umpires: Adrian Holdstock (SA) and Richard Kettleborough (ENG)
Player of the match: Virat Kohli

30 October 2023
14:00 (D/N)
Scorecard
Sri Lanka 
241 (49.3 Overs)
v
 Afghanistan
242/3 (45.2 Overs)
Pathum Nissanka 46 (60)
Fazalhaq Farooqi 4/34 (10 overs)
  • Afghanistan won the toss and elected to field.
  • Rashid Khan (Afg) played in his 100th ODI.[41]

1 November 2023
14:00 (D/N)
Scorecard
South Africa 
357/4 (50 overs)
v
 New Zealand
167 (35.3 overs)
Rassie van der Dussen 133 (118)
Tim Southee 2/77 (10 overs)
Glenn Phillips 60 (50)
Keshav Maharaj 4/46 (9 overs)
South Africa won by 190 runs
Umpires: Kumar Dharmasena (SL) and Ahsan Raza (Pak)
Player of the match: Rassie van der Dussen (SA)
  • New Zealand won the toss and elected to field.

8 November 2023
14:00 (D/N)
Scorecard
England 
339/9 (50 overs)
v
 Netherlands
179 (37.2 overs)
Ben Stokes 108 (84)
Bas de Leede 3/74 (10 overs)
Teja Nidamanuru 41* (34)
Moeen Ali 3/42 (8.2 overs)
England won by 160 runs
Umpires: Ahsan Raza (Pak) and Rod Tucker (Aus)
Player of the match: Ben Stokes (Eng)
  • England won the toss and elected to bat.
  • Netherlands were eliminated as a result of this match.[42]

11 November 2023
10:30
Scorecard
Bangladesh 
306/8 (50 overs)
v
 Australia
307/2 (44.4 overs)
Towhid Hridoy 74 (79)
Adam Zampa 2/32 (10 overs)
Mitchell Marsh 177* (132)
Taskin Ahmed 1/61 (10 overs)
Australia won by 8 wickets
Umpires: Marais Erasmus (SA) and Ahsan Raza (Pak)
Player of the match: Mitchell Marsh (Aus)
  • Australia won the toss and elected to field.
  • This is the first time that Australia has successfully chased down a target of 300 or above in the World Cups.[43]

Statistics

One Day Internationals (ODI)

Team Records (ODI)

As of 18 November 2023

Indvidual Records (ODI)

As of 18 November 2023

List of centuries

Key

  • * denotes that the batsman was not out.
  • Inns. denotes the number of the innings in the match.
  • Balls denotes the number of balls faced in an innings.
  • NR denotes that the number of balls was not recorded.
  • Parentheses next to the player's score denotes his century number at Edgbaston.
  • The column title Date refers to the date the match started.
  • The column title Result refers to the player's team result

Test centuries

No. Score Player Team Balls Inns. Opposing team Date Result
1 109 Steve Smith  Australia 202 3  India 23 February 2017 Won[48]
2 108 Mayank Agarwal  India 195 1  South Africa 10 October 2019 Won[49]
3 254* Virat Kohli  India 336 1  South Africa 10 October 2019 Won[49]

One Day Internationals

No. Score Player Team Balls Inns. Opposing team Date Result
1 122 Virat Kohli  India 105 2  England 15 January 2017 Won[50]
2 120 Kedar Jadhav  India 76 2  England 15 January 2017 Won[50]
3 107 Virat Kohli  India 119 2  West Indies 27 October 2018 Lost[51]
4 108 KL Rahul  India 114 1  England 26 March 2021 Lost[52]
5 124 Jonny Bairstow  England 112 2  India 26 March 2021 Won[52]
6 103* Virat Kohli  India 97 2  Bangladesh 19 October 2023 Won[53]
7 114 Quinton de Kock  South Africa 116 1  New Zealand 1 November 2023 Won[54]
8 133 Rassie van der Dussen  South Africa 118 1  New Zealand 1 November 2023 Won[54]
9 108 Ben Stokes  England 84 1  Netherlands 8 November 2023 Won[55]
10 177* Mitchell Marsh  Australia 132 2  Bangladesh 11 November 2023 Won[56]

List of five wicket hauls

Key

Symbol Meaning
The bowler was man of the match
10 or more wickets taken in the match
§ One of two five-wicket hauls by the bowler in the match
Date Day the Test started or ODI was held
Inn Innings in which five-wicket haul was taken
Overs Number of overs bowled.
Runs Number of runs conceded
Wkts Number of wickets taken
Econ Runs conceded per over
Batsmen Batsmen whose wickets were taken
Drawn The match was drawn.

Tests

No. Bowler Date Team Opposing team Inn Overs Runs Wkts Econ Batsmen Result
1 Steve O'Keefe † ‡ § 23 February 2017  Australia  India 2 13.1 35 6 2.65 Won [48]
2 Steve O'Keefe † ‡ § 23 February 2017  Australia  India 4 15 35 6 2.33 Won [48]

Gallery

See also

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