Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium
Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium is an international standard cricket Stadium in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. This stadium has recently been expanded to cater to the ever-increasing number of spectators for the game. The stadium hosted its first Test match in 1993.Test cricket returned back to Pakistan in Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium in a 2 match test series against Sri Lanka. The 1st test match was held from 11 December-15 December 2019 in Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium.
|PCS (Pindi Cricket Stadium)|
|Location||Rawalpindi, Punjab, Pakistan|
|Establishment||19 January 1992|
|Owner||Pakistan Cricket Board|
|Operator||Northern Cricket Association|
|Tenants||Pakistan National Cricket Team|
Northern cricket team
|First Test||9–14 December 1993:|
Pakistan v Zimbabwe
|Last Test||7–10 February 2020:|
Pakistan v Bangladesh
|First ODI||19 January 1992:|
Pakistan v Sri Lanka
|Last ODI||5 December 2006:|
Pakistan v West Indies
|As of 10 February 2020|
Source: Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Cricinfo
Before the construction of Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi Club Cricket Ground had been used as a venue for international matches, including one Test match against New Zealand that was held in March 1965. [disputed ]
Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium was a prime spot in the 1995–96 Cricket World Cup. With an eye on the World Cup of 1996, unveiled another new Test venue for the second Test against Zimbabwe in Rawalpindi. Karachi staged Pakistan's first Test match and Rawalpindi Cricket stadium became the country's 14th Test ground. The flood lights were added in late 2001 when the Australians were set to tour the Region. The stadium is just 20 minutes from the capital Islamabad and is the only proper international stadium in the territory.
Perched on the edge of the city of almost four million people and only three miles away from the capital Islamabad. Rawalpindi was used last January for the fifth and final One Day International against Sri Lanka, which Pakistan won by 117 runs to win the one-day series by a margin of 4–1.
Revival of Cricket in PakistanEdit
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.
Pakistan vs Sri Lanka Test matchEdit
In October 2019, the PCB proposed hosting the two Test matches in Pakistan, instead of the UAE, at venues in Rawalpindi and Karachi. Sri Lanka Cricket said that they were "very positive" with regards to the progress of playing Test cricket in Pakistan. In November 2019, the PCB confirmed the dates and venues for the Test series, with the first test match taking place in Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium from 11 to 15 December.  It was the first test match played at this venue after 15 years and first International match after 13 years.
- First Test: Dec 9–14, 1993 – Pakistan v Zimbabwe.
- First ODI: 19 Jan 1992 – Pakistan v Sri Lanka.
- Highest Team Total: 600 India v Pakistan 13 Apr 2004
- Lowest Team Total: 139 WestIndies v Pakistan 29 Nov 1997
- Highest Individual Score: 270 R Dravid India v Pakistan 13 Apr 2004
- Highest partnership: 323 Aamer Sohail, Inzamam-ul-Haq Pakistan v West Indies 29 Nov 1997
29 feb 1998
One Day InternationalEdit
- Highest team total: 329/6 Pakistan v India 16 March 2004
- Lowest team total: 104 Zimbabwe v Sri Lanka 9 October 2004
- Highest Run Chase Achieved:
- Highest Run Chase (Won or Loss):
- Highest individual score: 188* Gary Kirsten South Africa v U.A.E 16 Feb 1996
- Highest partnership:
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|
|Drawn||The match was drawn.|
Nine five hauls have been taken in test matches at the ground.
|1||Waqar Younis||9 December 1993||Pakistan||Zimbabwe||2||19||88||5||4.63||Won|
|2||Heath Streak||9 December 1993||Zimbabwe||Pakistan||3||20.3||56||5||2.73||Lost|
|3||Wasim Akram||9 December 1993||Pakistan||Zimbabwe||4||23.2||65||5||2.78||Won|
|4||Mushtaq Ahmed||28 November 1996||Pakistan||New Zealand||1||30||87||6||2.90||Won|
|5||Chris Cairns||28 November 1996||New Zealand||Pakistan||2||30.4||137||5||4.46||Lost|
|5||Mushtaq Ahmed||28 November 1996||Pakistan||New Zealand||2||30||87||6||2.90||Won|
|6||Mohammad Zahid||28 November 1996||Pakistan||New Zealand||3||20||66||7||3.30||Won|
|7||Saqlain Mushtaq||6 October 1997||Pakistan||South Africa||2||62||129||5||2.08||Drawn|
|8||Courtney Walsh||29 November 1997||West Indies||Pakistan||2||43.1||143||5||3.31||Lost|
|9||Stuart MacGill||1 October 1998||Australia||Pakistan||1||22||86||5||3.00||Won|
One Day InternationalsEdit
Only one five hauls have been taken in one-day Internationals at the ground.
|1||Saqlain Mushtaq||30 October 2000||Pakistan||England||1||8||20||5||2.50||Won|
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