Gaddafi Stadium (Urdu: قذافی اسٹیڈیم / ALA-LC: Qaẕẕāfī Isṭeḍiyam), or Qaddafi Stadium, previously known as Lahore Stadium is a cricket playing ground in Lahore, Pakistan, owned by the Pakistan Cricket Board. It was designed by famous architect and engineer Nasreddin Murat-Khan, and constructed by Mian Abdul Khaliq and Company in 1959. The stadium was renovated for the 1996 Cricket World Cup when it hosted the final.
|Location||Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan|
|Owner||Pakistan Cricket Board|
|Operator||Lahore Regional Cricket Association|
|Tenants||Lahore Qalandars, Lahore cricket teams, Pakistan International Airlines, Pakistan|
FC College End(Forman Christian College Chartered University Lahore)
|First Test||21–26 November 1959:|
Pakistan v Australia
|Last Test||1–2 March 2009:|
Pakistan v Sri Lanka
|First ODI||13 January 1978:|
Pakistan v England
|Last ODI||31 May 2015:|
Pakistan v Zimbabwe
|First T20I||22 May 2015:|
Pakistan v Zimbabwe
|Last T20I||29 October 2017:|
Pakistan v Sri Lanka
|As of 29 October 2017|
The headquarters of the Pakistan Cricket Board are situated at Gaddafi Stadium making it the home of Pakistan cricket team. The stadium has a capacity of 27,000 seats, making it one of the biggest in Pakistan.
Originally Lahore Stadium, the ground was renamed in 1974 in honour of the former Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi following a speech he gave at the 2nd Organisation of the Islamic Conference meeting in Lahore in favour of Pakistan's right to pursue nuclear weapons. The stadium houses the headquarters of the Pakistan Cricket Board.
In 1995–96, the Gaddafi Stadium was renovated by architect Nayyar Ali Dada - who is qualified from National College of Arts Lahore - for the 1996 Cricket World Cup. Dada's redesign was done in the Mughal style, with red, hand-laid brickwork and arches. Dada also had plastic seating installed in place of the existing concrete benches. The lower portion under the stands was enclosed and converted to shops for boutiques and offices. Gaddafi Stadium was the first in Pakistan to be equipped with modern floodlights having their own standby power generators.
On 23rd October 2011, Pakistan Cricket Board discussed renaming the stadium following the death of Gaddafi, to support the new government in Libya. The Punjab Olympic Association made a similar request in late October 2011 to the provincial chief minister, "I don't think his profile is inspirational enough to link with our cricket stadium's identity." As of April 2012[update], however, it does not appear that the stadium's name will be changed after all.
Gaddafi Stadium being the largest cricket stadium in Pakistan used to have capacity of 60,000 spectators, until the redesigning of its enclosures reduced the capacity to 27,000.
In 1968, a Test match, played against England, was affected due to riots.
In 1977, another Test, also against England, was affected due to riots between police and spectators.
Three hat-tricks have been taken at the stadium, by Peter Petherick of New Zealand against Pakistan, 9 October 1976, Wasim Akram of Pakistan against Sri Lanka, 6 March 1999 and Mohammad Sami of Pakistan against Sri Lanka.
Pakistan has enjoyed some memorable moments on the ground, including a fifth-wicket stand of 281 between Javed Miandad and Asif Iqbal against New Zealand in 1976 and an innings and 324 run win against New Zealand in 2002.
On 3 March 2009, the scheduled third day of second Test of 2008–09 Sri Lanka tour of Pakistan, the Sri Lankan team's convoy was attacked by armed militants at Liberty Roundabout, near Gaddafi stadium. Eight Sri Lankan players were injured, including Sri Lankan captain, Mahela Jayawardene. The Sri Lankan team was air-lifted from Gaddafi Stadium to a nearby airbase, from where they were evacuated back to Sri Lanka, this event marked the end of international cricket in Pakistan.
However, on 19 May 2015, the Zimbabwe cricket team landed at the Allama Iqbal International Airport to become the first Full Member nation to tour Pakistan since March 2009. On 5 March 2017 the final of the 2017 Pakistan Super League was played in the stadium. Pakistan won both ODI and T20I series comfortably.
In August 2017, Thilanga Sumathipala, president of Sri Lanka Cricket, said that he would like to play at least one of the three T20I matches in Lahore, Pakistan during October. In March 2009, the Sri Lanka cricket team were attacked by terrorists while travelling to the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. Since then, the only Test side to visit Pakistan has been Zimbabwe, when they toured during May 2015. Two of Sri Lanka's current team, Chamara Kapugedera and Suranga Lakmal were on the bus during the 2009 terrorist attack, and both could have been selected for the T20I squad for this series.
In September 2017, the fixtures were confirmed, with the final T20I match of the series scheduled to be played in Lahore. Sri Lanka Cricket said that players have a "contractual obligation" to play the match in Lahore, but it was unlikely to issue penalties to any player who chose not to visit Pakistan. However, on 14 October 2017, the Sri Lankan team expressed their reluctance to travel to Pakistan, requesting that the fixture is moved to a neutral venue. On 16 October 2017, Sri Lanka Cricket confirmed that the fixture in Lahore would go ahead as planned, but their limited-overs captain, Upul Tharanga, had pulled out of the match. Despite the concerns from the players, team manager Asanka Gurusinha felt that a competitive squad would be named. On 19 October 2017, Sri Lanka's chief selector, Graham Labrooy, said that players who do not travel to Lahore would be unlikely to be selected for the other two T20I fixtures. The squad for the T20I fixtures was named two days later, with Thisara Perera selected as captain.
The Sri Lankan squad arrived in Lahore under "extraordinary" security and made their way to the team's hotel in a bomb-proof bus. Ahead of the T20I in Lahore, Cricket Sri Lanka's president Thilanga Sumathipala said that the team was privileged to be in Pakistan and that he would help support the country in hosting more tours. Najam Sethi, chairman of the PCB, said that this fixture would be the start of international cricket returning to the country, with him expecting every country to play in Pakistan by the end of 2020. Pakistan went on to win the T20I series 3–0.
- Highest team total: 699, by Pakistan against India in 1989
- Lowest team total: 73, by New Zealand against Pakistan in 2002.
- Highest individual score: 329, by Inzamam-ul-Haq against New Zealand in 2002.
One Day InternationalEdit
- Highest team total: 376, by Pakistan against Zimbabwe, 26 May 2015.
- Lowest team total: 75, by Pakistan against Sri Lanka, 22 January 2009.
- Highest individual score: 139*, by Ijaz Ahmed against India, 2 Oct 1997.
Cricket World CupEdit
1987 Cricket World CupEdit
16 October 1987
216 (50 overs)
217/9 (50 overs)
4 November 1987
267/6 (50 overs)
249 (49.2 overs)
1996 Cricket World CupEdit
145/7 (50 overs)
151/2 (30.4 overs)
216/9 (50 overs)
United Arab Emirates
220/3 (44.2 overs)
- This was the first ever official ODI between two ICC Associate teams.
281/5 (50 overs)
235 (47.3 overs)
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