Trivia I – Two Cricket Grounds with the same name
There is only one instance of two cricket grounds which have hosted test matches bearing the same name. They are the Lord”s Cricket Ground in London and the Lords No 1 Ground in Durban. While the Lord’s Cricket Ground in London is still the premier venue for Cricket in England, it eponymous counterpart in Durban, the Lord’s No 1 Ground , which hosted 4 test matches from 1909 to 1914 was demolished in 1922 as part of the extension f the Durban Railway Station.
Trivia 2 – Cities with unique distinction of having 3 international cricket stadiums.
There are 3 cities in the world which have the unique distiction of having 3 international cricket stadiums. These are Mumbai, Johannesburg and Colombo.
Johannesburg – The Old Wanderers ground hosted 22 test matches from 1895 to 1939 and was then demolished to make way for the Railway station . Test matches were then held at Ellis Park from 1949 to 1956. The New Wanderers ground started hosting test matches from 1956 onwards while Ellis park reverted to hosting rugby .
Mumbai – The Bombay Gymkhana hosted the first ever Test match to be played in India in 1933. After that, the Brabourne Stadium hosted test matches from 1948 to 1972 and then again in 2008. The Wankhede Stadium has been the regular venue for hosting matches since 1974.
Colombo – The P Sara Oval and the Singhalese Sports Club ( SSC) are the historic and regular venues for hosting test matches in Colombo. A few test matches have also been played at the Premadasa Stadium ( Khettarama Stadium) which is the premier venue for one day internationals .
Trivia 3 – Rival Captains with the same name
In the Test series between South Africa and Australia played in South Africa in 1921-22, South Africa was captained by Herbert ( Herbie) Collins and Australia was captained by Herbert ( Herbie ) Taylor.
Trivia 4 – First 2 ODIs played in the West Indies
The West Indies won the inaugural World cup in 1975 . But the format of One Day Internationals ( ODIs) were not popular in the West Indies. This is borne out by the fact that the first two ODIs to be played in the West Indies were staged at Berbice and the Antigua Recreation Ground , which were not even Test match centres then .