Hosting an international cricket match is not just a privilege for the stadium authorities but the city as a whole. An international stadium puts the city on the world map helping it in gaining international recognition which in-turn plays a big role in its development.
Getting an international status is not easy as it sounds and maintaining the status in no less easy. ICC as the regulatory authority has the sole power to award an international status to a cricket venue after a number of inspections overseeing the parameters such as standard of the dressing room, boundary length, hospitality and hotels in the city among others.
Since, the first ever Test being played in 1877 at Melbourne, more than 2000 Tests and close to 4000 ODIs have been played. Here are the major venues that have hosted the most numbers of international matches over the 140-year rich history of the internationals.
#5 Harare Sports Club, Zimbabwe (186 matches)
Located in Zimbabwe, Harare Sports Club was established in 1900 but hosted its first international match only after a 92 years wait. The sports club was used to host domestic matches until Zimbabwe got its Test status in 1992 and the ground became an international venue. The stadium hosted its first international match, a Test against India.
Since its inaugural Test, Harare Sports Club has been host to 186 international matches that includes 136 ODIs, 34 Tests and 16 T20Is.