Sylhet International Cricket Stadium
Sylhet International Cricket Stadium (Bengali: সিলেট ক্রিকেট স্টেডিয়াম also known as Sylhet Stadium and previously known as Sylhet Divisional Stadium) is a cricket stadium in Sylhet, Bangladesh. The stadium went a thorough expansion in 2013, to host matches for the 2014 ICC World Twenty20 and 2014 ICC Women's World Twenty20. The stadium hosted its first international match on 17 March 2014 with Ireland taking on Zimbabwe.
A view of the Sylhet Stadium after its branding before hosting its inaugural test match
|Capacity||18,500 (after renovation)|
|Operator||National Sports Council|
|Tenants||Sylhet Division |
Bangladesh national cricket team
|Only Test||3–6 November 2018:|
Bangladesh v Zimbabwe
|Only ODI||14 December 2018:|
Bangladesh v West Indies
|First T20I||17 March 2014:|
Ireland v Zimbabwe
|Last T20I||17 December 2018:|
Bangladesh v West Indies
|As of 17 December 2018|
- No of matches hosted
Till 17 December the venue hosted 
- In a 2014 ICC World Twenty20 qualifying match between Ireland and Netherlands, both teams were fighting for a spot in the Super 10. Ireland batted first & scored 189–4. Netherlands needed to win the match within 13.5 overs to qualify for Super 10's. If they would do so, they would qualify, if they only won without doing so the match Zimbabwe would qualify, and if their current opponents won then Ireland would be qualified. This match holds a few records.
- Taijul Islam became only 4th Bangladeshi bowler to take a 10 wicket-haul in Test cricket. He also holds the record of third best bowling figure (11/170) in a test match by any Bangladeshi bowler.
- In 2013 when New Zealand toured Bangladesh, the venue was proposed to host the 3rd ODI, but due to its uncompleted construction works, the match was shifted to Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium in Fatullah.
- In 2014 when Sri Lanka toured Bangladesh, once again the stadium was proposed to host the 3rd ODI, but Sri Lanka did not agree to tour the stadium for some safety concerns, and the match was shifted to Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka.
- The venue has hosted the first leg (8 matches) of BPL 2017 for the first time.
- The venue hosted its first test on 3 November 2018 when Zimbabwe toured Bangladesh.
- The venue hosted its inaugural ODI on 14 December 2018 when West Indies toured Bangladesh.
Renovation and expansionEdit
The stadium was expanded and renovated to host matches of the 2014 ICC World Twenty20. The renovation began in June 2013 and ended in mid-November 2013. The main pavilion building and the media centre have been constructed, floodlights have been installed, and seating arrangements were modified. Another more striking part of the stadium is the newly built, country's first 'Green gallery'.
The venue was again renovated in 2017 in order to upgrade the venue as an international standard stadium. A second tier was built in the east side gallery, increasing the seating capacity by 5000 and the green hillock was remodified. As a result, the venue hosted the first leg of BPL 2017 matches.
It is the only Stadium in Bangladesh to have a Green Gallery. It also has Northern and Western Stand, Club House and Grand Stand. All this new expanded & renovated look of this stadium was designed by architect Masudur Rahman Khan. Executing & implementation authority: Bangladesh Sports Council. Requiring body: Bangladesh Cricket Board & Sylhet Divisional Sports Authority.
List of ODI centuries at this venue.
|1||108*||Shai Hope||West Indies||131||1||Bangladesh||14 December 2018||Lost|
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- List of international cricket five-wicket hauls on Bangladeshi cricket grounds
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