Venues of ICC Qualifier: Photo Blog

NZ boasts of many places of spectacular Natural beauty-evidently their Cricket Grounds are staged at stunning background. In ICC World Cup Qualifiers Nepal will play its four matches in three cricket grounds.

City: Christchurch
Nepal will play three of its four Group Stage matches in Christchurch. Christchurch is home to Canterbury Cricket Association and as late Dick Birrittenden depicts it in hisbook “100 Years of Cricket” that cricket in Christchurch dates back at least a 160 years. He wrote ” Cricket in Canterbury had a natural birth. The settlement in 1850 was a planned reproduction of a piece of England in a strange land 12,000 miles away. It was a church-based design, but the bat went with the bible, for if there was to be another England, there most certainly had to be cricket.”

Hagely Oval

Nepal faces Canada on 20th January at Hagely Oval.
Also home to Cantebury Cricket Association, it hosts domestic matches and recently also held women’s ODI and one Day Matches.
No International matches have yet been held here but Hagely(after being upgraded) will host the opening match off ICC 2015 Cricket World Cup between New Zealand and Sri Lanka on February 14 2015.

Hagley Oval during Important County Matches and Practice matches of International Teams.
Hagley Oval during typical county match
During rest days!

City: Rangiora

Rangiora is a big town situated few miles from Christchurch.

Venue: Rangiora Oval

Nepal  will open its match at this venue with the match against Asian Rivals UAE on 13th January. Nepal will return to Rangiora on 19th to face another Asian Rival- Hong Kong.

Rangiora Oval hosted two matches of ICC U-19 World Cup 2010. Nepal hadn’t qualified for that tournament.

Home to Cantebury Cricket Association
Turf Manager: Jeff Kerr
Pavilion Name: Mcaalpines Pavilion

Rangiora Cricket Ground. Courtesy-Mainpower


Queens Town
Surrounded by the magnificent Remarkables mountain range, Queenstown is perched alongside the S-shaped Lake Wakatipu in New Zealand’s South Island.Towering mountains either snow-capped or sparkling in the summer sun and pristine glacial rivers make Queenstown a delight for nature lovers. Every time NZ play here it get support enough to call town dwellers

Venue: Queens Town Events Center

Nepal takes Scotland on 14th January  at Queens Town Events Center.

The only ground that can challenge the picturesque elegance of Queens Town Event Center is probaly the probable Pokhara Cricket Ground Nepal. With the “Remarkable” mountain back drop this stunning venue has been a constant site of one day cricket since 2004. (Although more than half of the matches played here have been washed out)

Although frequently disturbed by the loud planes with Airport just outside the perimeter of the ground. But  the rare pictures of Cricket with a ginourmous planes is attractive to a lot! (Expect a few when Nepal plays there as well!)

Also or formerly known as John Davies Oval, Davies Park
End names: Remarkables End, Coronet Peak End
Home teams: Otago( The fancier T20 version represented NZ in the Champions League)

Records(Only ODIs, the venue doesn’t host Test Cricket)
Played 14- Results only 6
All matches won by teams batting second
Highest Total 236/4

The Airport on the offset. Planes are frequent sighting as the queens town!
The Remarkable Mountains as the backdrop of the ground!
More than half of the matches in the venue have been washed out! A ground staff with the heavy covers during the last ODI match played here in 2011 which was washed out! Courtesy: Getty Images
Idyllically the most picturesque cricket ground! Courtesy: Getty Images



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Arun Upreti

Arun Upreti shares his deep rooted passion for Cricket working at Cricnepal. His stories often contains detailed history and clinical examination of several aspects of the game.

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