[caption id="attachment_803418" align="alignnone" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-803418" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Kinrara-Oval.jpg" alt="Kinrara Oval" width="628" height="355" /> Kinrara Oval (AFP Photo)[/caption] <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/malaysia/">Malaysia</a>'s top cricket stadium, which has hosted some of the game's greats including <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/sachin-tendulkar/">Sachin Tendulkar</a>, was saved from closure on Friday after the government blocked an attempt to turf out the sport's local governing body. <p></p> <p></p>The <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/kinrara-oval">Kinrara Oval</a>, which was built in 2003 and has hosted one-day internationals featuring India, Australia and the West Indies, as well as Under-19 World Cup games, sits on a plot of prime land west of the capital Kuala Lumpur. <p></p> <p></p>But the Malaysian Cricket Association's lease expired in October and the property company that owns the land ordered them out of the ground to make way for a new development. <p></p> <p></p>[caption id="attachment_803419" align="alignnone" width="612"]<img class="size-full wp-image-803419" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/SRT.jpg" alt="Sachin Tendulkar" width="612" height="386" /> Sachin Tendulkar celebrates after hitting century at Kinrara Oval in 2006 (AFP Photo)[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>After several months in limbo, the ground's future is now assured after the cabinet agreed it should continue operating as a cricket stadium following talks with parties involved in the dispute, said Sports Minister Syed Saddiq. <p></p> <p></p>"The Malaysian government is committed to saving this... cricket ground," he said on Twitter. <p></p> <p></p>"Cabinet decided that saving the cricket ground is more important than commercial development." <p></p> <p></p>The final terms of a deal will be hammered out in a meeting between the sports ministry, developer Perumahan Kinrara Berhad, and the cricket association, the ministry said. <p></p> <p></p>The association had mounted a campaign to save the ground, and the International Cricket Council also threw its weight behind the effort last year saying that the game in Malaysia was "flourishing". <p></p> <p></p>It is not clear what the developer wanted to build on the venue, which is surrounded by residential developments, and where legendary Indian batsman Tendulkar scored a sparkling 141 against the West Indies in an ODI in September 2006. <p></p> <p></p>Cricket still remains less popular in Malaysia than other sports, such as badminton and football.