Location: Green Park, Civil Lines, Kanpur
Seating Capacity: 45,000
End Names: Mil Pavilion End, Hostel End
Home Team: Uttar Pradesh
First Test: India v England - Jan 12-14, 1952
First ODI: India v Sri Lanka - December 24, 1986
Located in the industrial center of Uttar Pradesh, Kanpur, the Green Park stadium is situated close to the river Ganges. The ground, ever since its establishment in 1945, has hosted a number of test matches and one day internationals. Boasting of a seating capacity of 45, 000 people, Green Park is also the home ground of the Uttar Pradesh cricket team. The ground is, currently, under the vigilance of the Sports Department Uttar Pradesh. Green Park hosted its first test in the January of 1952 between India and England and the first ODI was played between India and Sri Lanka on December 24, 1986.
According to the history of the Green Park Stadium, it was initially known as the Modi Stadium. It was in this ground that India recorded its first ever victory against Australia in the December of 1959. The match was also the first to be played on a turf wicket here. Indian off spinner, Jasubhai Patel's 14 wickets feat was the key reason for driving India on the winning streak in the match. Further, in 1958-59, Indian bowler, Subhash Gupte took nine West Indian wickets in an inning for 102 runs, only missing Lance Gibbs, who was, in fact, dropped by wicket keeper Naren Tamhane.
Green Park stadium has been refurbished and modernized to make it adept in the present times. Floodlights have been installed in the stadium, which assists in making it one of the premier stadiums for playing day-night matches in India. Green Park has two ends - Mill Pavilion End and the Hostel End, named after the Elgin Mill and DAV College, which are situated close to the stadium. Since its establishment, the pitch of Green Park is extremely favorable to spinners, which is why some of the amazing performances have been recorded by spinners.
The Green Park Stadium in Kanpur has so far witnessed some of the greatest performances in the history of cricket and several records have been made and broken in this ground. Kanpur cricket ground is also one of Team India's luckiest venues. Since Green Park stadium belongs to the Uttar Pradesh Government, the Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association has proposed to construct a new ground of its own, in Lucknow.
Milestones at Green Park Stadium: