ICC approves Greater Noida for Full Member games

The Greater Noida Sports Complex Ground hosted the 2016-17 Duleep Trophy AFP

The Greater Noida Sports Complex Ground can now stage international matches between Full Members.

In December, the ICC granted the stadium its approval to stage matches between Associates, paving the way for it to become Afghanistan's adopted home. The stadium has also staged domestic cricket, notably the 2016-17 Duleep Trophy, which was played under lights. According to a BCCI release issued on Friday, the ICC inspected the venue again last week and confirmed that it met all the minimum requirements to stage Full Member matches.

"I'm pleased to announce that the SVSP Cricket Stadium, Greater Noida is now fully compliant to 

host international matches with Full Members," Anurag Thakur, the BCCI president, said. "BCCI had organised Paytm Duleep Trophy for the first time in day-night format using the pink ball from August 23 to Sept 14, 2016, that tested the venue's infrastructure and facility. The Afghanistan national team had also used the venue for their home games earlier this year. I am confident that this approval will inspire the authorities to take this stadium to next level."