National Stadium, Karachi

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National Stadium
Ground information
Location Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Coordinates 24°53′46″N 67°4′53″E / 24.89611°N 67.08139°E / 24.89611; 67.08139Coordinates: 24°53′46″N 67°4′53″E / 24.89611°N 67.08139°E / 24.89611; 67.08139
Establishment 21 April 1955
Capacity 34,228[1]
Owner Pakistan Cricket Board
Operator Karachi City Cricket Association
Tenants Karachi, Karachi Dolphins, Karachi Zebras, Karachi Kings, Pakistan International Airlines, Pakistan
End names
Pavilion End
University End
International information
First Test 26 Feb – 1 Mar 1955:
 Pakistan v  India
Last Test 21 Feb – 25 Feb 2009:
 Pakistan v  Sri Lanka
First ODI 21 Nov 1980:
 Pakistan v  West Indies
Last ODI 21 Jan 2009:
 Pakistan v  Sri Lanka
As of 25 February 2009
Source: National Stadium, Cricinfo

The National Stadium (Urdu: نیشنل اسٹڈیم‎) is a cricket stadium in Karachi, Pakistan. It is currently used for cricket matches, it is the home ground of Karachi Kings, Pakistan Super League second expensive team and is home to many other Karachi's domestic cricket teams. The stadium is able to hold 34,228 spectators,[2] Its widely criticised that the city of this size with a population of over 20 million having such a small capacity stadium. In the recent past, PCB has announced on different occasions that the capacity of the stadium will be increased to 90,000 but this approval looks a bit stale at the moment. After the renovation of Gaddafi Stadium its capacity reduced to 27000 thus the National Stadium become the largest cricket stadium in Pakistan.

The Pakistani cricket team have a remarkable Test record at the ground, having only lost twice[3] (vs. England, December 2000–01, and South Africa, October 2007–08) and have won 21 times in 40 Test Matches and in over 50 years. The stadium has witnessed several memorable moments, such as Viv Richards 181 against Sri Lanka at the 1987 Cricket World Cup, Mohammad Yousuf's record ninth century of the year to break Viv Richards record of most runs in a calendar year, and Kamran Akmal's famous century against India on a very difficult pitch in 2006, after Pakistan had collapsed to 39 for 6, as part of a memorable come-from-behind victory.


National Stadium, Karachi is located in Karachi
National Stadium, Karachi
Location of National Stadium in Karachi

Karachi, Pakistan's largest and most populous city, presents an interesting and colourful combination of the old and new. The National Stadium became Karachi's fifth and Pakistan's 11th first-class ground. The inaugural first-class match was played at NSK between Pakistan and India on 21–24 April 1955, and it became a fortress of Pakistan cricket.[3] In 34 Tests between that first match and December 2000, Pakistan won 17 and were never beaten. Their only Test defeat on the ground came in the gloom against England in 2000–01.

The first ODI at the National Stadium was against West Indies on 21 November 1980, and it went down to the last ball as Gordon Greenidge drove Imran Khan imperiously to the cover boundary with three needed. It has been a far less successful limited-overs venue, with defeats outnumbering victories. In fact, in a little under five years from the start of 1996, Pakistan failed to win on the ground. It also staged a quarter-final match in the 1996–97 World Cup.

Sachin Tendulkar and Waqar Younis played his first test match in this stadium.

Renovation 2017

National Stadium is undergoing renovation as PCB has annouced the final of PSL 3 will be held at karachi, for this purpose, PCB has alloted Rs 1.5 billions as it includes rehabilitation of rooftops, 120 new public toilets, as well as renovations of media gallery, VIP box, Commentary box and stadium.s seating is also to be fixed. Although the project is expected to take a year to complete, the PCB has decided that only complimentary work will be completed by March 2018, as of december 2017, around 100 public toilets are under construction, roofs have been removed and glassed rooftops are being fitted whereas all the cemented seats have been broken off and seats are to replace them before the Final of PSL 3 takes place as per schedule.



  • Highest Team Total:765

4/6d, by Pakistan against Sri Lanka in 2009.

One Day International

  • Highest team total: 374/4, by India against Hong Kong, 25 June 2008 (Asia Cup)


Cricket World Cup

This stadium has hosted 6 One Day International (ODI) matches during 1987 Cricket World Cup and 1996 Cricket World Cup.

1987 Cricket World Cup

13 October 1987
West Indies 
360/4 (50 overs)
 Sri Lanka
169/4 (50 overs)
20 October 1987
244/9 (50 overs)
247/3 (49 overs)
30 October 1987
West Indies 
258/7 (50 overs)
230/9 (50 overs)

1996 Cricket World Cup

29 February
242/6 (50 overs)
 South Africa
243/5 (44.2 overs)
Aamir Sohail 111 (139)
Hansie Cronje 2/20 (5 overs)
Daryll Cullinan 65 (76)
Waqar Younis 3/50 (8 overs)
South Africa won by 5 wickets
Umpires: K.T. Francis and Steve Bucknor
Player of the match: Hansie Cronje (SA)

3 March
249/9 (50 overs)
250/3 (47.4 overs)
Robin Smith 75 (92)
Mushtaq Ahmed 3/53 (10 overs)
Saeed Anwar 71 (72)
Dominic Cork 2/59 (10 overs)
Pakistan won by 7 wickets
Umpires: B.C. Cooray and Srinivas Venkataraghavan
Player of the match: Aamer Sohail (Pak)

11 March
West Indies 
264/8 (50 overs)
 South Africa
245 (49.3 overs)
Brian Lara 111 (94)
Brian McMillan 2/37 (10 overs)
Daryll Cullinan 69 (78)
Roger Harper 4/47 (10 overs)
West Indies won by 19 runs
Umpires: K.T. Francis and Steve Randell
Player of the match: Brian Lara (WI)

Image gallery

See also


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

External links

  • ground profile
  • Ground Profile –
  • List of all Test matches played at National Stadium, Karachi
  • List of all ODI matches played at National Stadium, Karachi
  • Large re-play screen being installed at National Stadium Karachi – The News

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