Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket StadiumRajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium once recognized as Visaka International Cricket Stadium Ground, is the primary cricket facility located in the urban centre of Hyderabad. Situated in the eastern suburban area of the city, Uppal, the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium is the home ground of the Hyderabad Cricket Association.
Established in the year 2004, the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium is a state-of-the-art facility fitted out to host international cricket matches.
History of Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket StadiumErstwhile, Hyderabad Cricket Association was using the Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium, situated at Basheer Bagh, Hyderabad as their home ground to host domestic and international matches. The Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium was managed by Sports Authority of Andhra Pradesh, and Hyderabad Cricket Association had only limited controls over the facility. What is more, the Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium is much smaller in size, which led people to brand it as a high-scoring venue. As a high-scoring venue, the Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium was brushed off from considerations to host international high profile matches.
During the year 2003, Hyderabad Cricket Association decided to set up a new state-of-the-art facility to host international cricket matches. The association then went ahead and submitted their proposal to the Andhra Pradesh government. After careful considerations, the government approved the proposal and allotted land and a sum of money for a new facility. Based on auction sale, the name of the stadium was agreed as Visakha International Cricket Stadium.
The cricket facility witnessed its first controversy when the former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy decided to change its name after the former Prime Minister of India Rajiv Gandhi. Eventually, the cricket facility was renamed as the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium.
Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium - TodayToday, the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium is one among the professional cricket grounds of India, and a world-class facility fitted with floodlights mounted on six towers, which facilitate the ground to host day-and-night matches.
The spacious reception hallway of the stadium features various memorabilia and galleries of cricketers and executives whose vital contributions to the Hyderabad Cricket Association cannot be brushed aside.
Extended over 696,960 sq ft, the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium features numerous facilities, which include Parking zone, Commentator’s box, Corporate rooms, Exclusive space for umpires, Practice nets, Press room with all communication installations, State-of-the-art dressing rooms and many more.
Quick Facts:Establishment: 2004
Location and Contact Details
Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium
Uppal, Hyderabad 500 039
Telephone: (040) 27177842
Landmark: Close to GE Capital Complex and Adjacent to Survey of India
Ample parking, Commentator’s box, Corporate rooms, Exclusive space for umpires, Practice area, Reception lounge, Spacious press room with all communications facility, State-of-the-art dressing rooms for teams, Floodlights, etc
Name of the stadium ends: Pavilion end and North end (VVS Laxman end)
How to Reach:
Nearest Railway Station:
- Secunderabad Railway Station (7.2 km)
- Hyderabad Deccan Railway Station or Nampally Railway Station (10.4 km)
- Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (31.7 km)
Buses, auto rickshaws, taxicabs are available from all prime points of the city
Host Records of Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium:
- First Test Match: India Vs New Zealand (Nov 12-16, 2010)
- Most Recent Test Match: India Vs Australia (Mar 2-5, 2013)
- First ODI Match: India Vs South Africa (Nov 16, 2005)
- Most Recent ODI Match: India Vs England (Oct 14, 2011)