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Sir Vivian Richards Stadium

Sir Vivian Richards Stadium is a stadium in North Sound, Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda. It was built for use in the 2007 Cricket World Cup where it hosted Super 8 matches. The stadium usually caters for 10,000 people, but temporary seating doubled its capacity for the 2007 World Cup. The stadium is named after former West Indies cricket captain Viv Richards.


The stadium is about 10–20 minutes' drive from the capital city, St. John's, and the country's international airport. The venue cost approximately US$60 million to build, with the majority of the funds coming from a Chinese Government grant.[1] The first Test match staged on the ground began on 30 May 2008 when the West Indies hosted Australia, with the match ending in a draw.


The stadium constitutes two main stands: the Northern Stand and the five story South Stand. In 2008, the roof of the South Stand was damaged by high winds.[2] Other facilities include a practice pitch for the various cricket teams, training infrastructure and a media centre. Sir Viv Richards Stadium is one of the few state-of-the-art venues that encompass underground passageways for the cricket teams to move about in.[3][4]

Prior to the start of the first Test against England on 13 April 2015, the north and south ends were renamed for two former West Indies cricketers, Sir Curtly Ambrose and Sir Andy Roberts.

Outfield controversy

The ground's second Test match began against England on 13 February 2009, but the match was abandoned after just ten balls due to the outfield's dangerous condition.

The groundstaff had applied an extra layer of sand after recent heavy rain, and again after a brief shower, which resulted in West Indies bowlers Jerome Taylor and Fidel Edwards being unable to gain a foothold when running in.[5] The sandy nature of the outfield had earnt the ground the nickname of 'Antigua's 366th beach' in the buildup to the game.[6]

The abandonment caused great embarrassment for West Indies cricket, with inquiries held by the WICB and the ICC. The ICC ordered that the ground be suspended from staging all international matches for twelve months, and an official warning was issued to the WICB.

List of Five Wicket Hauls


8 five wicket hauls in Test matches have been taken at the venue.[7]

No.BowlerDateTeamOpposing teamInnOversRunsWktsEconResult
1Brett Lee30 May 2008 Australia West Indies2215952.8Drawn
2Sunil Narine25 July 2012 West Indies New Zealand14313253.06Won
3Kemar Roach25 July 2012 West Indies New Zealand323.26052.57Won
4Ravichandran Ashwin21 July 2016 India West Indies3258373.32Won
5Kemar Roach4 July 2018 West Indies Bangladesh15851.6Won
6Shannon Gabriel4 July 2018 West Indies Bangladesh3127756.41Won
7Ishant Sharma22 August 2019 India West Indies2174352.52Won
8Jasprit Bumrah22 August 2019 India West Indies48750.87Won

One Day Internationals

One five wicket hauls in One-Day Internationals have been taken at the venue.[8]

No.BowlerDateTeamOpposing teamInnOversRunsWktsEconBatsmenResult
1Jason Holder2 July 2017 West Indies India29.42752.79Won

Twenty20 Internationals

One five wicket haul in Twenty20 Internationals has been taken at the venue."Statistics - Statsguru - One-Day Internationals - Bowling Records". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 7 September 2019.</ref>

No.BowlerDateTeamOpposing teamInnOversRunsWktsEconBatsmenResult
1Ryan McLaren19 May 2019 South Africa West Indies23.51954.95Won

See also


  1. ^ "Pitch Report – Sir Vivian Richards Stadium". Archived from the original on 13 February 2009. Retrieved 14 February 2009.
  2. ^ "Stolen goods, missing ladies and a flying roof". Retrieved 14 February 2009.
  3. ^ "Sir Vivian Richards Stadium". Retrieved 14 February 2009.
  4. ^ Indian Times. "Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua". The Times Of India. Archived from the original on 11 March 2007. Retrieved 14 February 2008.
  5. ^ "Antigua Test in turmoil". 13 February 2009. Retrieved 13 February 2009.
  6. ^ "Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua". Retrieved 14 February 2009.
  7. ^ "Statistics - Statsguru - Test Matches - Bowling Records". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 7 September 2019.
  8. ^ "Statistics - Statsguru - One-Day Internationals - Bowling Records". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 7 September 2019.

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Coordinates: 17°6′11.79″N 61°47′5.46″W / 17.1032750°N 61.7848500°W / 17.1032750; -61.7848500

28 September 2019