About the venue: Kinrara Oval

Kinrara Oval: The Pitch

Home of the Malaysian Cricket Association, the Kinrara oval is known for being the best ground in Asia and the first ground in South East Asia to install floodlights (2006) which allow games after dark to be played.

The ground was constructed in 2003 with the help of a team from New Zealand, and can occupy 4000 people. The first official recorded match was in 2005 when Bhutan Under-17 played Kuwait Under-17 for the Asia Cricket Council U-17 Cup.

All 7 matches of the 2006/07 DLF Cup was held in Kinrara Oval, seeing games between Australia, India and the West Indies. All matches played that season had One Day International Status. In 2007, the ground hosted a Youth One Day International series between England Under-19s and Sri Lanka Under-19s, followed by Sri Lanka Under-19s against India Under-19s. The following year, Malaysia was selected to host the 2008 Under-19 World Cup and Kinrara Oval held 10 Youth One Day International matches during the time.

Even after housing numerous prominent international games; a lot of changes, upgrades and additions have been made to prepare the venue as host of the 29th SEA Games cricket matches last month: VIP hospitality room, VIP dining area, café, public washroom, grandstand, scoreboard, paint jobs, parking bays, player locker rooms, etc. 26 games played with three victory ceremonies held in less than 2 weeks. It was a glorious success for Malaysia – both as host and as players; as the Malaysian national team stole the Gold for Men’s 50 overs, bronze for Women’s T20 and Silver for Men’s T20.

Spectators during the SEA Games 2017

Kinrara Oval will see the games between Malaysia vs Myanmar (10/09), Singapore vs Bhutan (11/09) Hong Kong vs Myanmar (12/09), Nepal vs Bhutan (13/09), Malaysia vs Hong Kong (14/09), Semi Final #1 (16/09) and the final match (17/09).

Getting to the oval is rather easy – it’s a short walk if you get down at the Kinrara BK5 LRT Station. Drivers can type in “Malaysian Cricket Association” on their navigation tool – look out for Petronas and an LRT station, those are the closest landmarks.

Filed September 5th, 2017