Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium
SCA Khandheri Stadium
|Location||Rajkot, Gujarat, India|
|Owner||Saurashtra Cricket Association|
|Operator||Saurashtra Cricket Association|
|Tenants||Indian cricket team|
Saurashtra cricket team
|First Test||9–13 November 2016:|
India v England
|Last Test||4–6 October 2018:|
India v West Indies
|First ODI||11 January 2013:|
India v England
|Last ODI||18 October 2015:|
India v South Africa
|First T20I||10 October 2013:|
India v Australia
|Last T20I||4 November 2017:|
India v New Zealand
|As of 4 October 2018|
Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, (Gujarati: સૌરાષ્ટ્ર ક્રિકેટ એસોસિયેશન સ્ટેડિયમ) also known as the Khandheri Cricket Stadium, is a cricket stadium in Rajkot, India. It is Gujarat's first solar powered stadium.
Initially, the stadium was being used for Ranji Trophy matches, when the spectator stands were still being constructed. With the stands completed, the ground can hold 28,000 fans. The stadium is a part of a larger sports complex that will include venues for other sports such as badminton, basketball, and volleyball. It will host Saurashtra Cricket Association matches along with Madhavrao Scindia Cricket Ground.
It is a state of the art cricket stadium. The media box here is similar in design to the one at Lord's Cricket Ground, London. To facilitate spectator movement, there are several aisles between seat columns and lots of entrances/exits for the three stands. There is also a spacious passage running around the stadium, between the stands and the outer wall, to enable easy movement.
A 30-acre portion of agricultural land next to the Jamnagar highway was acquired around 2004. Construction began in 2006 and the total cost, including land, is said to be around Rs 75 crore (around $14 million). The SCA shifted its offices from the cramped seventh floor of a commercial building in the city to the stadium which has been hosting first-class matches since late 2008.
The complex has two playing fields: the main one inside the stadium, with a 90-yard outfield, and a smaller one outside, with a 70-yard outfield. The latter is used for outdoor nets, and also for district-level matches. The dressing rooms are big and lined with large, luxurious, cushioned seats.
There are more than 60 hospitality boxes dotting the West Stand and the Pavilion Stand but the SCA has decided against selling them permanently to corporates and will only hire them out for international matches. There are even plans to have an academy in the future.
It also hosted its first T20 International match on 10 October 2013 between India and Australia during the Australia Tour of India Oct-Nov 2013. The match first saw Aaron Finch make 89 and then the return of Yuvraj Singh to international cricket in which he scored an unbeaten 77 as India chased down 201 runs.
In November 2015, the stadium was selected as one of the six new Test venues along with Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, JSCA International Stadium Complex, Holkar Stadium, Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium and Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in India. The stadium was the home ground of the Gujarat Lions in IPL 2016. It hosted 5 matches in the season.
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- "England tour of India, 1st Test: India v England at Rajkot, Nov 9-13, 2016". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 9 November 2016.
- Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium at ESPNcricinfo
- Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium at CricketArchive