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It is India's first cricket stadium. Our version of Lord's. The MCC owns Lord's. The CCI owns the Brabourne.The promoters of this club, formed in Delhi in 1934, opened it in 1937. The stadium staged Test cricket between 1948 and 1973. Big cricket, which had gone away in 1972-73 when the Wankhede Stadium came up in 1974, came back when the ICC Champions trophy was held there in 2007.

It would have got a Test in 2008, except 26/11 happened, the India-England Test was cancelled. First-class cricket has returned there since and ODIs as well as Wankhede Stadium goes into reconstruction mode for World cup 2011. Currently, the IPL is lighting it up and it is, aftert all, home ground for the Ambani's Mumbai Indians.

The Brabourne has seen a lot of stuff, starting with dog racing, through a recital by Uday Shankar, Nani Palkhivala's budget speech, a reception for the Shah of Iran, the Aga Khan being weighed in diamonds, even the centenary celebrations of the Congress.
Now it is returning to cricket.


 

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