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The Times' Cricket Grounds of the World - Foreword by Mike Atherton - Introduction by Richard Whitehead

The Times' Cricket Grounds of the World
Foreword by Mike Atherton - Introduction by Richard Whitehead

Published by
HarperCollins Publishers,
1 London Bridge Street,

ISBN: 978-0-00-861819-3

Pages: 253

Price: Sterling Pounds Twenty Five plus postage)

From the history-steeped 'home of cricket' at Lord's, to the modern-day coliseum of Indian Cricket at Eden Gardens, this fascinating book has been attractively laid-out, logically organised and brings the best cricket venues the cricketing world has to offer.

Accompanied by articles of historic matches from The Times, plus sensational photography, scorecards, and Test match records, this is essential reading for all cricket lovers.

In the introductory chapter, we have been informed by Richard Whitehead that cricket enthusiasts will find many of the Test grounds from which Times journalists have watched some of cricket's greatest moments and players and - often working against demanding deadlines - composed their reports for the next day's paper or, in modern times, for its various digital platforms.

"Some of those reports have been reproduced in edited form to recapture the drama and offer an evocative sense of that first draft of sporting history. Together with a wonderful collection of photographs, this book gives a plethora of reasons why cricket lovers the world over believe it hods an unrivalled position as the world's greatest sport."

The Times' Cricket Grounds of the World concentrates on places where international cricket has been played, according to Mike Atherton. His favourites grounds have been Galle, Sri Lanka; Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai; Kensington Oval, Barbados, Bourda, Guyana; the Recreation Ground, Antigua; the Basin Reserve, Wellington; the Adelaide Oval; the Sydney Cricket Ground; the WACA, Perth; Old Trafford, Manchester' The Oval, London, and Newlands.

Mike Atherton believes The Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad is the largest cricket ground, by capacity, in the world, catering for a city of more than eight million people. It is a concretebowl housing around 130,000 spectators when full. Architecturally, it is a uniform and vast.

Newlands in Cape Town, according to the writer, is the jewel in the crown of South African cricket and regularly comes out on top in polls to find the world's most beautiful ground.

Wankhede, according to the book, will always be special as the place where the Indians won the World Cup on home soil in 2011. "Extraordinary scenes on an extraordinary night for Indian cricket". Galle International Stadium, according to the writer, rivals Newlands in Cape Town for the title of the most spectacular ground in cricket.

Pleasantly produced, diligently researched and written with enthusiasm, the book is recommended to cricket enthusiasts without the slightest hesitation.

The Times' Cricket Grounds of the World is sure to bring back some of the most emotional events to have taken place in the history of Test/ODI cricket. Lavishly illustrated, this outstanding publication is a must for collectors of cricket literature.