The stadium in the Jamtha locality, situated about 15 km from the main city, replaced the old Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground. The first international match hosted at this venue was the 4th Test between India and Australia (Nov, 2008), which India won by 172 runs. The Aussie spinner Jason Krejza finished with 12 wickets and Harbhajan Singh with seven.
Spread over 33 acres (130,000 m2), it has modern amenities, including wi-fi and a capacity of 45,000. The venue also boasts of world class training and practice facilities along with an all seater arrangement. The new stadium has 4 stands. The East and West Stands are open to air, double tiered stands. The North and the South Ends have the commercial box and the players pavilion respectively. These are three tiered.
For domestic Ranji Trophy and Duleep Trophy matches, the ground will play host to the Vidharba and Central Zone cricket team respectively.
Basic Facts about the Ground:
• Established: 2008
• Capacity: 45,000
• Name of the Ends: Secretary End, Pavilion End
• Owner and Operator: Vidarbha Cricket Association
• Home Teams: India, Vidarbha, Central Zone, Deccan Chargers
First Matches at the Ground:
• 1st Test Match: India vs Australia on 6 November 2008
• 1st One Day International: India vs Australia on 28 October 2009
• 1st Twenty20 International: India vs Sri Lanka on 9 December 2009
ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 matches at this ground
• England vs Netherlands on 22 February 2011
• Australia vs New Zealand on 25 February 2011
• Canada vs Zimbabwe on 28 February 2011
• India vs South Africa on 12 March 2011