National Stadium, Karachi
The National Stadium (Urdu: نیشنل اسٹڈیم; Sindhi: قومي اسٽيڊيم) cricket stadium in Karachi, Pakistan, owned by the Pakistan Cricket Board. It is the home ground of Karachi Kings, and is home to many other Karachi's domestic cricket teams. The stadium is able to hold 34,228 spectators. After renovations to Gaddafi Stadium reduced its capacity to 27,000, National Stadium became the highest capacity cricket ground in Pakistan.
|Location||Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan|
|Establishment||21 April 1955|
|Owner||Pakistan Cricket Board|
|Operator||Karachi City Cricket Association|
|Tenants||Karachi, Karachi Dolphins, Karachi Zebras, Karachi Kings, Pakistan International Airlines, Pakistan|
|First Test||26 February – 1 March 1956:|
Pakistan v India
|Last Test||21–25 February 2009:|
Pakistan v Sri Lanka
|First ODI||21 November 1980:|
Pakistan v West Indies
|Last ODI||21 January 2009:|
Pakistan v Sri Lanka
|First T20I||20 April 2008:|
Pakistan v Bangladesh
|Last T20I||3 April 2018:|
Pakistan v West Indies
|As of 4 April 2018|
The Pakistani cricket team have a remarkable Test record at the ground, having only lost twice in 40 Test matches (vs. England, December 2000–01, and South Africa, October 2007–08). The stadium has witnessed several memorable moments, such as Viv Richards 181 against Sri Lanka at the 1987 Cricket World Cup, Mohammad Yousuf's record ninth century of the year to break Viv Richards' record of most runs in a calendar year, and Kamran Akmal's famous century against India on a very difficult pitch in 2006, after Pakistan had collapsed to 39 for 6, as part of a memorable come-from-behind victory.
Karachi, Pakistan's largest and most populous city, presents an interesting and colourful combination of the old and new. The National Stadium became Karachi's fifth and Pakistan's 11th first-class ground. The inaugural first-class match was played at NSK between Pakistan and India on 21–24 April 1955, and it became a fortress of Pakistan cricket. In 34 Tests between that first match and December 2000, Pakistan won 17 and were never beaten. Their only Test defeat on the ground came in the gloom against England in 2000–01.
The first ODI at the National Stadium was against West Indies on 21 November 1980, and it went down to the last ball as Gordon Greenidge drove Imran Khan imperiously to the cover boundary with three needed. It has been a far less successful limited-overs venue, with defeats outnumbering victories. In fact, in a little under five years from the start of 1996, Pakistan failed to win on the ground. It also staged a quarter-final match in the 1996–97 World Cup.
- Highest Team Total:765/6d, by Pakistan against Sri Lanka in 2009.
- Lowest Team Total: 80, by Australia against Pakistan in 1956.
- Highest Run Chase Achieved: 315/9, by Pakistan against Australia in 1994–95.
- Highest Individual Score: 313, by Younis Khan against Sri Lanka in 2009.
- Highest partnership: 437, by Mahela Jayawardene and Thilan Samaraweera against Pakistan in 2009.
One Day InternationalEdit
- Highest team total: 374/4, by India against Hong Kong, 25 June 2008 (Asia Cup)
- Highest Run Chase (Won or Loss) 344/8 by Pakistan against India, 13 March 2004.
- Lowest team total: 115, by Bangladesh against Pakistan, 4 July 2008.
- Highest Run Chase Achieved: 310/4, by India against Sri Lanka, 3 July 2008.
- Highest individual score: 181, by Viv Richards against Sri Lanka, 13 October 1987.
- Highest partnership: 201, by Sanath Jayasuriya and Kumar Sangakkara against Bangladesh, 30 June 2008.
- Highest team total: 205/3 by Pakistan against West Indies, 2 April 2018
- Lowest team total: 60/9, by West Indies against Pakistan, 1 April 2018
- Highest individual score: 97*, by Babar Azam against West Indies , 2 April 2018.
- Highest partnership: 119, by Babar Azam and Hussain Talat against West Indies, 2 April 2018.
Cricket World CupEdit
20 October 1987
244/9 (50 overs)
247/3 (49 overs)
30 October 1987
258/7 (50 overs)
230/9 (50 overs)
1996 Cricket World CupEdit
242/6 (50 overs)
243/5 (44.2 overs)
249/9 (50 overs)
250/3 (47.4 overs)
264/8 (50 overs)
245 (49.3 overs)
Return of Cricket 2018Edit
PCB ex-chairman Najam Sethi had announced in 2017 that Karachi’s National Stadium will host the final match of 2018 Pakistan Super League in March 2018. The condition of the stadium was improved for the final. The historic match, which was played between Islamabad United and Peshawar Zalmi saw the return of international stars to National Stadium after a gap of nine years, ended up being relatively one-sided, as the champions of first edition Islamabad United were crowned champions once again. The event at the stadium was the first major event since 2009 in the port city and it was highly welcomed by crowds and the stadium witnessed packed house for the big game. In order to make it a successful event many security forces were deployed in and around the stadium to maintain the law and order situation, by there efforts the event was held successfully. In 2017 PCB Chairman had announced that West Indies would tour Pakistan for 3 match T20I series which were scheduled to be played in Lahore, the fixtures were to be played in November 2017. However, early in November 2017, reports announced that the West Indies team would not be travelling to Pakistan over security concerns. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi stated that the original schedule was changed due to unforeseen weather, logistic issues and challenges with security. In March 2018, the PCB confirmed that the fixtures would take place in April at the National Stadium in Karachi after the conclusion of PSL 2018. The last time an international cricket match was played at the venue in Karachi was in February 2009, when Sri Lanka toured Pakistan. That series was cut short, following an 2009 attack on the Sri Lanka national cricket team.
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