Recently-opened Indian cricket ground granted ICC accreditation

Recently-opened Indian cricket ground granted ICC accreditationThe Greater Noida Sports Complex Ground in India has been granted accreditation from the International Cricket Council, meaning the stadium will be eligible to host top-level international matches in the future.

The ground, which is officially called the Shaheed Vijay Singh Pathik Sports Complex, opened in 2013 and currently serves as the home stadium of the Afghanistan national team.

ICC officials visited the stadium earlier this month and deemed it suitable for hosting international matches.

“We are happy to have been granted the accreditation and approval for holding international tournaments,” Deepak Agarwal, chief executive of the Noida and Greater Noida Authority, said, according to the Times of India newspaper.

“ICC inspection and certification is crucial for a stadium to be qualified for international cricket matches. With ICC certification, we will be able to hold one-day internationals and Twenty20 matches besides more international league cricket matches. All matches except (those that feature) India can be held at the stadium.”

The stadium has a current seating capacity of 8,000.

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