Featured Grounds

From too much rain in some Asian countries, there is too little in others. Yet cricket goes on thanks to the grounds built and maintained by so many dedicated individuals and institutions.

Bayuemas Oval, Malaysia

“An hour from Kuala Lumpur’s centre, among Malaysia’s vast expanse of palm oil plantations in Shah Alam, sits the Bayuemas Oval. Bayuemas has hosted 24 ACC international matches and six games of the 2008 ICC U/19 World Cup. Built on a total of 9.05 acres, the ground was completed in August 2003 after two years of work. With local red clay used for the wicket block, the pitch may be a little slow but provides good bounce. A relatively high sand content in the clay aids spin bowling.

The Bayuemas Oval meets international standards in terms of ground size. Designed and constructed by the New Zealand Sports Turf Institute (NZSTI) the ground is shaped like an inverted saucer, where the wicket is slightly higher than the rest of the ground, ensuring excellent drainage.” Hector Durairatnam

Kinrara Oval, Malaysia

“The only floodlit cricket ground in Malaysia, completed in 2004 Kinrara came to international attention when it hosted the DLF Cup in September 2006 between Australia, India and the West Indies. Kinrara was also the venue for the 2008 ICC U/19 World Cup final between India and South Africa.”

“Harrison dam clay from Darwin was brought in for the wicket and with scarce traces of sand in it, the ball tends to fly on to the bat on this wicket.  NZSTI built, the shape of the ground is similar to the Bayuemas Oval but the drainage is superior thanks to the Bermuda grass and sand carpeted outfield. Even after a thunderous shower, play can recommence within half an hour. Up to May 2009 Kinrara had hosted 27 ACC international matches.” Hector Durairatnam

Sulaibiya, Kuwait

“Sulaibiya is Kuwait’s fourth fully-turfed ground. Managed by Kuwait Cricket, Sulaibiya was completed in 18 months in July 2008. Work began on the ground in the middle of winter with temperatures close to freezing. The top soil of the pitch was imported from Pakistan with a clay content of 70%, silt 10%, fine sand particles and others making up the rest.”

“The ground has a good water supply and excellent drainage. The soil used in Sulaibiya is the same Gujranwala clay that has helped shape Kuwait’s Ahmadi and KEC grounds. The Sulaibiya wicket favours spin bowling. It was first used for international matches during the 2009 ACC U-19 Elite Cup, when two matches were played there.” Mehboob Khan

Tribhuvan University International Ground, Nepal

“Currently Nepal’s only international sized ground, Tribhuvan University (commonly known as ‘TU’) has hosted 14 ACC tournaments and a number of ICC Intercontinental matches against Malaysia, Hong Kong and UAE in the 2004 and 2005.”

“After a year of construction work, TU was completed in 1998. The soil used for the ground and the pitch was local soil which was NZSTI approved. TU has great opportunities for future development and the ground serves as a suitable neutral venue for international games.” Komal Pandey

RBSC Cricket Ground, Thailand

“The RBSC ground is the cradle of cricket in Thailand. The first game of cricket was played at the RBSC in 1905 and without this ground cricket would have never come this far in Thailand.  Local clay and expertise have been used at this ground and the wicket can be exploited by both batsmen and bowlers alike.”

“The ground is situated in the middle of a horse racing track and has seen the likes of the Nawab of Pataudi jr., Sir Garfield Sobers, Richie Benaud, Richard Hutton and Seymour Nurse play here. County teams like Warwickshire and Surrey have had their pre-season warm up games in this ground.  RBSC has also hosted the first ever Asian Cricket Sixes way back in 1984.” Mohideen Kader

RBSC Polo Ground, Thailand

“The RBSC Polo Ground was completed in 1980 and has gone on to host 17 ACC matches over the past two years. The curators used local clay which was tested and proven to be ideal for cricket pitches. This clay has also been sent to the Singapore Cricket Club and Kowloon Cricket Club.”

“A classic batting wicket, players such as Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, Sachin Tendulkar, Steve Waugh, John Wright, Zaheer Abbas, Clive Rice, Arjuna Ranatunga, Aravinda de Silva, Sanath Jayasuriya, Rumesh Ratnayake, and Syed Kirmani have graced this ground.” Mohideen Kader