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Jinnah Stadium, Sialkot
Jinnah Park
Ground information
Location Sialkot
Coordinates 32°30′3″N 74°33′14″E / 32.50083°N 74.55389°E / 32.50083; 74.55389Coordinates: 32°30′3″N 74°33′14″E / 32.50083°N 74.55389°E / 32.50083; 74.55389
Establishment 1920s
Capacity 18,000[1]
Owner Sialkot Cricket Association
Tenants Pakistan Cricket Board
End names
Pavilion End
Railway End
International information
First Test 27 October 1985:
 Pakistan v  Sri Lanka
Last Test 22 September 1995:
 Pakistan v  Sri Lanka
First ODI 16 October 1976:
 Pakistan v  New Zealand
Last ODI 6 December 1996:
 Pakistan v  New Zealand
Team information
Sialkot cricket team (1955 – present)
Sialkot Stallions (2003 – present)
As of 10 October 2008
Source: CricketArchive

Jinnah Stadium, one of the oldest cricket grounds in Pakistan, is located in Sialkot. This stadium was constructed in the 1920s by the British.[1] In the 1950s it was named Jinnah Park.[1] In 1979 it was upgraded and renamed Jinnah Stadium.[1] Before independence, it was called Connelly Park. After independence, it was renamed as Jinnah Park. It is the home ground of Sialkot Stallions.

The first Test here was played in 1985 and the last in 1995. Pakistan played its first ever ODI at home on this ground in 1976. It was against New Zealand. It was also New Zealand’s first ODI against Pakistan. Jinnah Stadium is known for its green-top pitches that help fast bowlers. The stadium has a lot of memories with it.

In 1976, New Zealand fielder talking to leg umpire during the 1976 Pakistan-New Zealand ODI at Jinnah Stadium, Sialkot. The ground at the time had no fencing.

In 1984, Pakistan-India ODI here was stopped midway and abandoned after news of the assassination of the then Indian PM, Indira Gandhi, reached the ground. India were batting.

During the India tour to Pakistan in 1989, the 4th test of the series played on this stadium. During the indian batting of the 2nd innings, Sachin Tendulkar faced the Waqar Younis, Waqar bowled the bouncer and the Tendulkar got badly injuired but he back again for batting and score a key 57 runs and save a test match and a series for his team.

On this stadium, Indian cricket team score a history lowest total in the ODI's against Pakistan is 79 in 1978/79 tour. The stadium has hosted 9 one day internationals and 4 test matches.



One Day International

See also


  1. ^ a b c d "Stadium stories: Famous Pakistan cricket grounds". Dawn. Retrieved 11 March 2017.

External links

  • Sialkot Cricket
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