The Niaz Stadium is a cricket ground in Hyderabad, Pakistan. The ground has capacity to accommodate 15,000 spectators  and hosted its first test match in 1973. It was established in 1961 by then Commissioner of Hyderabad, Niaz Ahmed, and the stadium is named after him.
|Owner||Pakistan Cricket Board|
|Operator||Hyderabad Cricket Association|
|Tenants||Hyderabad cricket team, Hyderabad Hawks, Pakistan|
|First Test||16 March – 21 March 1973:|
Pakistan v England
|Last Test||25 November – 29 Novovember 1984:|
Pakistan v New Zealand
|First ODI||20 September 1982:|
Pakistan v Australia
|Last ODI||24 January 2008:|
Pakistan v Zimbabwe
|As of 25 August 2009|
Source: Niaz Stadium, Cricinfo
The first ever hat-trick in One Day International took by Pakistan's Jalal-ud-Din at this stadium. In Hyderabad in 1982-83, Jalal-ud-Din removed Rod Marsh, Bruce Yardley and Geoff Lawson with the last three balls of his seventh over. Pakistan restricted Australia for 170 for 9 to win by 59 runs. A right-arm seamer from Karachi, Jalal-ud-Din played only seven other one-dayers and six Tests.
Niaz Stadium celebrated staging this Test cricket's 1000th match. In addition, Pakistan has never lost any match, whether test or one-day, on this ground.
Niaz Stadium is situated in the heart of Hyderabad, one of the most populous city of Pakistan. The stadium has been named after Niaz Ahmed the late sports loving commoner of Hyderabad who was the motivating factor for building this stadium. The complex is in front of the Indus Hotel.
The inaugural first class match was played at Niaz Stadium between South Zone v Pakistan Education Board (PEB) on 16–18 March 1962. Niaz Stadium become the 32nd first class ground in Pakistan and 2nd in Hyderabad.
Only five Tests have so far been played at Hyderabad; two each against England and New Zealand, and one against India. The inaugural Test match at Hyderabad took place on 16–21 March 1973 against England, and it was left drawn after big scoring England picked up 487 with Dennis Amiss scoring 158. Pakistan in reply, did even better, compiling 569 before declaring after nine wickets had fallen. Mushtaq Mohammad hit 157 and Intikhab Alam 138. England played out time by hitting 218 for 6 wickets for the match to end in a draw.
The last Test was played at Niaz Stadium, Hyderabad between Pakistan and New Zealand on 25–29 November 1984. Niaz Stadium celebrated staging the Test cricket's 1000th match with Pakistan winning the rubber with more than a day to spare. Javed Miandad became the second Pakistani after Hanif Mohammed to score a century in each innings of a Test. Niaz Stadium boasts of the fact that Pakistan never lost a Test or One-day International here.
An international match was played on 24 January 2008 between Pakistan and Zimbabwe after ten years. In April 2018, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced that the venue, along with several others in the country, would get a makeover to get them ready for future international matches and fixtures in the Pakistan Super League.
Records and statisticsEdit
First Test Pakistan v England - Mar 16-21, 1973
Last Test Pakistan v New Zealand - Nov 25-29, 1984
First ODI Pakistan v Australia - Sep 20, 1982
Last ODI Pakistan v Zimbabwe - Jan 24, 2008
- Highest Team Total: 581/3d by Pakistan against India on 14 January 1983.
- Lowest Team Total : 189 by India against Pakistan on 14 January 1983.
- Highest Individual Score : 280 N.O. by Javed Miandad for Pakistan against India on 14 January 1983.
- Highest partnership : 451 for the 3rd wicket by Mudassar Nazar and Javed Miandad for Pakistan against India on 14 January 1983.
- Most Wickets : 16 wickets in 3 matches by Abdul Qadir(Pakistan).
- Most Runs : 661 runs in 4 matches by Javed Miandad(Pakistan).
One Day InternationalEdit
- Highest team total: 267/6 by Pakistan against Sri Lanka on 8 October 1987.
- Lowest team total: 127 by Sri Lanka against Pakistan on 3 November 1985.
- Highest individual score: 115 N.O. (103 balls) by Javed Miandad for Pakistan against Sri Lanka on 15 January 1992.
- Highest partnership: 137 for the 3rd wicket by H Masakadza and T Taibu for Zimbabwe against Pakistan on 24 January 2008.
- Most Runs: 335 runs in 5 matches by Javed Miandad(Pakistan).
- Most Wickets: 7 wickets in 2 matches by Aaqib Javed(Pakistan).
List of Five Wicket HaulsEdit
|Date||Day the Test started or ODI was held|
|Inn||Innings in which five-wicket haul was taken|
|Overs||Number of overs bowled.|
|Runs||Number of runs conceded|
|Wkts||Number of wickets taken|
|Econ||Runs conceded per over|
|Batsmen||Batsmen whose wickets were taken|
|Drawn||The match was drawn.|
Two five wicket hauls have been taken at Niaz Stadium
|1||Pat Pocock||16 March 1973||England||Pakistan||2||52||169||5||3.25||Drawn|
|2||Abdul Qadir||2 January 1978||Pakistan||England||2||24||44||6||1.37||Drawn|
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- "Sindh govt plans to rebuild Niaz Stadium Hyderabad". 25 February 2020.
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- "Niaz Stadium, Hyderabad Cricket Team Records & Stats | ESPNcricinfo.com". Cricinfo.
- "Pakistan plans makeover for stadiums". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
- "Statistics - Statsguru - Test Matches - Bowling Records". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 31 August 2019.
- Location on Wikimaps, 2009
- Archive Records from Niaz Stadium
- Pictures of the recent match between Pakistan and Zimbabwe