Sir Vivian Richards Stadium

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Sir Vivian Richards Stadium
Sir Vivian Richards Stadium aerial view Oct 2006.jpg
The stadium during construction in October 2006
Ground information
LocationNorth Sound, Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda
End names
Andy Roberts End
Curtly Ambrose End
International information
First Test30 May–3 June 2008:
 West Indies v  Australia
Last Test22-25 August 2019:
 West Indies v  India
First ODI27 March 2007:
 West Indies v  Australia
Last ODI2 July 2017:
 West Indies v  India
First T20I19 May 2010:
 West Indies v  South Africa
Last T20I3 March 2013:
 West Indies v  Zimbabwe
First WODI8 September 2019:
 West Indies v  Australia
Last WODI6 November 2019:
 West Indies v  India
First WT20I18 February 2012:
 West Indies v  India
Last WT20I24 November 2018:
 Australia v  England
As of 1 September 2020
Source: Cricinfo

Sir Vivian Richards Stadium is a stadium in North Sound, Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda. It was built for use in the 2007 Cricket World Cup where it hosted Super 8 matches. The stadium usually caters for 10,000 people, but temporary seating doubled its capacity for the 2007 World Cup. The stadium is named after former West Indies cricket captain Viv Richards.


The stadium is about 10–20 minutes' drive from the capital city, St. John's, and the country's international airport. The venue cost approximately US$60 million to build, with the majority of the funds coming from a Chinese Government grant.[1] The first Test match staged on the ground began on 30 May 2008 when the West Indies hosted Australia, with the match ending in a draw.


The stadium constitutes two main stands: the Northern Stand and the five-story South Stand. In 2008, the roof of the South Stand was damaged by high winds.[2] Other facilities include a practice pitch for the various cricket teams, training infrastructure and a media centre. Sir Viv Richards Stadium is one of the few state-of-the-art venues that encompass underground passageways for the cricket teams to move about in.[3][4]

Prior to the start of the first Test against England on 13 April 2015, the north and south ends were renamed for two former West Indies cricketers, Sir Curtly Ambrose and Sir Andy Roberts.

Outfield controversy[edit]

The ground's second Test match against England on 13 February 2009 was abandoned after only ten balls due to the outfield's dangerous condition.

The groundstaff had applied extra layers of sand after recent heavy rain, and again after a brief shower the morning of the match; this resulted in West Indian bowlers Jerome Taylor and Fidel Edwards being unable to gain any traction when running in.[5]

The sandy nature of the outfield had earnt the ground the nickname of 'Antigua's 366th beach' in the buildup to the game.[6]

Following the abandonment, inquiries were held by the WICB and the ICC: these caused great embarrassment for West Indies cricket.

The ICC subsequently ordered that the ground be suspended from staging any international matches for twelve months, and an official warning was issued to the WICB.

List of five wicket hauls[edit]


Eight five wicket hauls in Test matches have been taken at the venue.[7]

No. Bowler Date Team Opposing team Inn Overs Runs Wkts Econ Result
1 Brett Lee 30 May 2008  Australia  West Indies 2 21 59 5 2.8 Drawn
2 Sunil Narine 25 July 2012  West Indies  New Zealand 1 43 132 5 3.06 Won
3 Kemar Roach 25 July 2012  West Indies  New Zealand 3 23.2 60 5 2.57 Won
4 Ravichandran Ashwin 21 July 2016  India  West Indies 3 25 83 7 3.32 Won
5 Kemar Roach 4 July 2018  West Indies  Bangladesh 1 5 8 5 1.6 Won
6 Shannon Gabriel 4 July 2018  West Indies  Bangladesh 3 12 77 5 6.41 Won
7 Ishant Sharma 22 August 2019  India  West Indies 2 17 43 5 2.52 Won
8 Jasprit Bumrah 22 August 2019  India  West Indies 4 8 7 5 0.87 Won

One Day Internationals[edit]

One five wicket haul in One-Day Internationals has been taken at the venue.[8]

No. Bowler Date Team Opposing team Inn Overs Runs Wkts Econ Batsmen Result
1 Jason Holder 2 July 2017  West Indies  India 2 9.4 27 5 2.79 Won

Twenty20 Internationals[edit]

One five wicket haul in Twenty20 Internationals has been taken at the venue.[9]

No. Bowler Date Team Opposing team Inn Overs Runs Wkts Econ Batsmen Result
1 Ryan McLaren 19 May 2010  South Africa  West Indies 2 3.5 19 5 4.95 Won

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Pitch Report – Sir Vivian Richards Stadium". Archived from the original on 13 February 2009. Retrieved 14 February 2009.
  2. ^ "Stolen goods, missing ladies and a flying roof". Retrieved 14 February 2009.
  3. ^ "Sir Vivian Richards Stadium". Retrieved 14 February 2009.
  4. ^ Indian Times. "Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 11 March 2007. Retrieved 14 February 2008.
  5. ^ "Antigua Test in turmoil". 13 February 2009. Retrieved 13 February 2009.
  6. ^ "Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua". Retrieved 14 February 2009.
  7. ^ "Statistics - Statsguru - Test Matches - Bowling Records". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 7 September 2019.
  8. ^ "Statistics - Statsguru - One-Day Internationals - Bowling Records". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 7 September 2019.
  9. ^ "Statistics - Statsguru - One-Day Internationals - Bowling Records". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 7 September 2019.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 17°6′11.79″N 61°47′5.46″W / 17.1032750°N 61.7848500°W / 17.1032750; -61.7848500