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Brabourne Stadium

Location Churchgate, South Mumbai
Established 1937
Seating Capacity 20,000
Owner Cricket Club of India
Floodlights No
End Names Pavilion End, Church Gate End
Home Team Mumbai
First Test India v West Indies - Dec 9-13, 1948
First ODI Australia v Pakistan - October 23, 1989
Specialty International Cricket Matches
How to reach Board a local or hire a taxi/auto or bus

Brabourne Stadium MumbaiThe Brabourne Stadium is a cricket ground located near Churchgate railway station in South Mumbai. Owned by the Cricket Club of India (CCI), the Braborne Stadium houses the offices of the BCCI, the governing body of Indian cricket.

The Brabourne Stadium came up on a piece of land reclaimed from the sea which Lord Brabourne, Governor of Bombay, presented to the Cricket Club of India after being lured into an offer of immortality in the bargain. Foundation stone of the Brabourne Stadium was laid by Lord Brabourne, the Governor of Bombay, on May 22, 1936. The stadium formally opened on December 7, 1937 by Sir Lawrence Roger Lumley, the Governor of Bombay. The stadium got its name after Brabourne at the suggestion of the Maharaja of Patiala.

The ground was initially intended to provide covered accommodation for 35,000 audiences and contain pavilion, tennis courts and a swimming pool. The first match was played in the incomplete stadium in October 1937 between CCI and the Spencer Cup XI.

Brabourne stadium hosted Test matches from 1948 to the 1972, as well as the Bombay Pentangular matches. After a dispute between CCI and MCA, the Brabourne Stadium ceased to be a major venue for international matches.

Brabourne hosted seventeen Test matches, starting with two against West Indies in India's first home series after the war in 1948-49. Vijay Hazare scored a hundred in each of his four appearances. 16 Ranji Trophy finals were played at the stadium between 1938 and 1973. Among the other notable innings played at the ground are Denis Compton's 249 for Holkar in the 1944-45 final and Ajit Wadekar's triple century in 1966-67 against Chandrasekhar and Prasanna.

The Brabourne Stadium has lost its sheen now a days, and although it has hosted the occasional first-class match (Sachin Tendulkar made the first double century of his first-class career during Mumbai's win over Australia in 1997-98). Brabourne hosted the Davis Cup Asia-Oceania second round Group match between India and Pakistan in April 2006.

Brabourne was among the four grounds that hosted the 2006 ICC Champions Trophy. International Cricket returned to the ground almost after 11 years when West Indies and Sri Lanka played the sixth match in the qualifying round.