Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium
Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium (Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium) (Bengali: জহুর আহমেদ চৌধুরী স্টেডিয়াম), abbreviated as ZAC Stadium and previously known as Bir Shrestha Shahid Ruhul Amin Stadium, is a cricket stadium located in the port city of Chittagong, in south-eastern Bangladesh. It became a Test cricket venue on 27 February 2006 when it hosted a Test match between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. It hosted two group matches of the 2011 Cricket World Cup. It has seating capacity of around 20,000. The stadium was initially named after Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury on 17 June 2001 by the Bangladesh Awami League government. It was renamed after Ruhul Amin by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party government in October 2001. It was returned to its original name in 2009 after Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium after Bangladesh Awami League returned to power.
|Chittagong Divisional Stadium, Bir Shrestha Shahid Ruhul Amin Stadium|
ZACS Stadium pitch covered in a rainy day during a test match
|Operator||Bangladesh, Chittagong Division|
|Tenants||Bangladesh cricket team, Chittagong Vikings|
|First Test||28 February–3 March 2006:|
Bangladesh v Sri Lanka
|Last Test||22–24 November 2018:|
Bangladesh v West Indies
|First ODI||25 February 2006:|
Bangladesh v Sri Lanka
|Last ODI||26 October 2018:|
Bangladesh v Zimbabwe
|First T20I||12 February 2014:|
Bangladesh v Sri Lanka
|Last T20I||31 March 2014:|
Sri Lanka v New Zealand
|As of 22 November 2018|
Currently, it is the main cricket venue of the port city. Previously, the M. A. Aziz Stadium was the main cricket venue of Chittagong; however, it focuses on football now. It is also home to the Chittagong Vikings, the local franchise in the Bangladesh Premier League.
Situated about half-an-hour's drive outside the city centre, the Chittagong Divisional Stadium was one of the five purpose-built cricket grounds established in the run-up to the 2004 Under-19 World Cup. It was finally granted full international status in January 2006, ahead of Sri Lanka's tour to the country. The stadium itself is a concrete bowl set in acres of prime agricultural land, with a three-tier pavilion providing the focal point. The stadium provides views of beautiful lush trees, the port, and ships on the coast. It had floodlights installed prior to the world cup, only the fourth cricket ground in Bangladesh, giving the ability to host day/night cricket matches.
Notable players from ChittagongEdit
Stats and recordsEdit
As on 22 November 2018
- In 2013 Mominul Haque made his highest individual score against New Zealand in this venue, he scored 181, which is 5th highest by any Bangladeshi batsmen in Test Cricket
- In the same test Sohag Gazi becoame the world's only cricketer to take a Hat-trick and hit a century in same test. He scored 101* and a Six wicket-haul with a Hat-trick.
- In ICC World Cup 2011 Bangladesh first time defeated England in World Cup History.
- Winning the 3rd ODI on 15 July 2015, Bangladesh first time won a series against South Africa. In this match South Africa scored their lowest total (168/9) in ODI without being ALL OUT. This is also 2nd lowest total for South Africa against Bangladesh. This series win was 4th successive series win for Bangladesh since November 2014.
- On 4 January 2018, in the first test between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka Mominul Haque scored centuries in both innings, becoming the first Bangladeshi Batsman to do so and overall 67th Batsman in test cricket. He scored 176 and 105 runs in two innings and with that he holds the record of most runs in a test (281 runs) by a Bangladeshi Batsman surpassing previous record of Tamim Iqbal who scored a total of 231 runs against Pakistan in Khulna in 2012.
- on 31 January Mominul Haque became 66th batsman to score centuries in both innings of a test. He achieved this feat against Sri Lanka scoring 176 & 105 in two innings. 
- On 22 November 2018, scoring a century (120) against West Indies, Mominul Haque came to the no. 5 position in the list of scoring most centuries (6) in test at any single ground. 
- Against West Indies in 2018 by picking up the wicket of Kieran Powell, Shakib Al Hasan became first Bangladeshi player to pick up 200 test wickets and in this process he also became the fastest cricketer, in terms of matches, to score 3,000 runs and take 200 wickets in Tests (54 matches).
2011 World CupEdit
It was the second venue in Bangladesh of the 2011 Cricket World Cup, the other being Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium in Dhaka. It hosted two matches, the historic match between Bangladesh and England, where the home team nail-bitingly beat England, and the other being between the home side and Netherlands.
225 (49.4 overs)
227/8 (49 overs)
- Bangladesh won the toss and elected to field.
14 March 2011
160 (46.2 overs)
166/4 (41.2 overs)
- Netherlands won the toss and elected to bat.
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- Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium Archived 17 December 2011 at the Wayback Machine
- Chittagong Home | Travel | ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 | ESPN Cricinfo
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- "Ctg Divisional Stadium gets back old name". The Daily Star. 1 July 2009. Retrieved 4 February 2018.
- Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium | Bangladesh | Cricket Grounds | ESPN Cricinfo
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 10 February 2012. Retrieved 17 February 2012.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
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- "World Cup Cricket: Chittagong city wears new look". The News Today. 2 June 2011. Archived from the original on 16 July 2012 – via Chittagong City Corporation.
- Bangladesh stun England in a thriller: Cricketnext
- Bangladesh beat Netherlands by 6 wickets: Cricketnext