As Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is holding all the matches all across the country. So, this is probably the right time to give an insight into the best tournament stadiums in Pakistan.
List f Top 10 Stadiums Of Pakistan
Outlining a complete list of stadiums present all over the country along with addressing some of each of these cricket grounds’ facts and history along with their stadium capacity.
1. National Stadium Of Karachi
National Stadium of Karachi built of the lane of National Stadium is one of the biggest cricket tournament grounds of Pakistan as it can accommodate around 34,000 supports. The stadium is also the home ground for the Karachi Kings PSL team. It was previously known as Pakistani Cricket Fortress’.
During test matches, the pitch provides benefit to the fast bowlers. On contrary, it also appears to be batting-friendly for ODIs (One-Day International). Moreover, matches played from 1987 to 1966 are noteworthy. In 2019, the ground has hosted the finale and a few other matches of PSL. Also, nine matches and the hosting ceremony of PSL 5 was played at the stadium.
2. Gaddafi Stadium OF Lahore
The construction of 1959 in the vicinity of Gulberg Gaddafi Stadium has the capacity to welcome 27,000 cricket fans. Until 1974 the stadium was known as Lahore Stadium. It was then named after the former Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi who addressed at the stadium for the 2nd Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC). It is also the home ground of PSL Lahore Qalandars and Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
From 1987 and 1996 World Cup matches are played here. The batting-friendly pitch has also hosted matches of PSL 2 in 2017. It is the only ground with a modern floodlight facility along with a power backup generator. As per the guidance of Nayyar Ali Dada red bricks are used in its construction which has given it a distinctive look thereby making it resemble the structures of the Mughal period.
Furthermore, the final, semifinals and 14 matches of PSL 5 will be played at the stadium.
3. Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium
The Rawalpindi cricket stadium will host around 8 matches of PSL 5. The stadium constructed at Stadium Road and serves the two cities namely, Rawalpindi and Islamabad. The stadium has the space to accommodate around 28,000 viewers.
4. Multan Cricket Stadium
The home ground of PSL team Multan Sultan has the capacity of 35, 000 spectators.
The pitch favoring seam bowlers has hosted Test matches along with ODIs. The stadium will also host 4 matches of PSL 5 with the facility of installed floodlights.
5. Arbaz Niyaz Stadium Of Peshawar
The Arbab Niaz Stadium was established in the early 1980s as the home ground of Peshawar Zalmi’s PSL team. Around 20,000 cricket fans can come over to watch their favorite teams play. Located near Shahi Bagh, which is a Mughal-era park in Peshawar, it was originally called Shahi Bagh Stadium.
6. Bugti Stadium Of Quetta
The Bugti Stadium was initially named as the Racecourse Ground until 1989 and is home to the Quetta Gladiators PSL team. It was established in 1954. At present, the stadium seats less than 10,000 spectators.
7. Iqbal Stadium Of Faisalabad
The Iqbal Stadium, originally called Lyallpur Stadium, was constructed with a maximum seating of 18,000 in the town of Faisalabad in the 1970s. The new name honors Allama Muhammad Iqbal, the Pakistani poet. The stadium is located only a few kilometers from the center of the city and can be easily reached on foot by the natives.
8. Jinnah Stadium Sialkot
The Jinnah Stadium in Sialkot, with an 18,000 seating capacity was constructed by the British in the 1920s. Connelly Park was its former and original name. The name was further amended twice during the 1950s and 1979 as Jinnah park and Jinnah stadium respectively. It has the title of being the oldest as well as the largest stadiums in Pakistan.
The pitch that benefits fast-bowler is used for playing ODIs and test matches.
9. Niaz Stadium Of Hyderabad
The Niaz Stadium, which was completed in 1959 in Qasimabad, has room for 15,000 viewers. The stadium was named after the cricket-loving local of Hyderabad.
Though the stadium has hosted both ODIs and Test cricket in the old days, swing bowler Jalaluddin is most prominent for the first-ever hat trick in ODIs for Pakistan.
10. Jinnah Stadium Of Gujranwala
The stadium was constructed during the late 1980s and early 1990s. And the first match was played in 1991. It holds the capacity to accommodate 20,000 cricket fans. Alhaj Muhammad Aslam Butt designed it who was the former mayor of the city.
The stadium is situated on Sialkot Road, linking it to the city’s Jinnah Road and a number of other important roads. A variety of ODIs, including one game from the 1987 Cricket World Cup was played here.