Multan Cricket Stadium

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Multan Cricket Stadium

Multan Cricket Stadium is one of the largest multi-purpose cricket stadiums in Pakistan. It is situated off Vehari Road in the outlying areas of Multan. It has a capacity of 35000 people. Many national and international matches are held here. It is known for its captivating charm and memorable history. Floodlights are also added to held day/night matches.

Before we get into details and metrics, let’s dive into its history first!

History

This cricket Stadium which has worldwide proximity now, formerly known as Ibn-e-Qasim Bagh stadium, It was built in 1975. At that time, it had only a capacity of 18000 spectators. The first match was held here in 1980. At Ibn-e-Qasim Bagh Stadium, also known as Old Fort Stadium, only three matches occurred. 

The first match was in 1980, between Pakistan and West Indies. Two international matches also took place at this venue; Pakistan and India in 1982 and 1994 between Pakistan and Australia. Back then, it was utilized for both cricket and football matches.

Subsequently, with time, establishments were needed to hold international cricket and the stadium was no longer in a position to host any international matches. 

That’s how, in 2001, the Pakistan Cricket Board inaugurated this stadium as a replacement for Ibn-e-Qasim Bagh Stadium.

It was named Nawaz Sharif stadium before but is now known as International Multan Cricket Stadium.

Architecture

The Stadium is not only known for its modernized architecture but also illustrates Multan’s richness in culture and tradition. It is the economic center of Southern Punjab.

Architecture of Multan Cricket Stadium

The athletic field of this ground is lush green, crafted exquisitely. This stadium is for sure an impeccable venue for both players and visitors.

With the advancement, new media enclosures were also built to expedite media persons.

The first match at Multan Stadium

The inaugural test match was held on 11 September 2001, for the Asian Test Championship, between Pakistan and Bangladesh. Pakistan won that match by 264 runs.

Capacity

Being the second-largest stadium in Pakistan along with the modern architecture, Cricket stadium has a 30000 onlookers capacity now. Plastic chairs were also added in enclosures for routine overhauls.

Run-Friendly Pitch Report

The wicket in this stadium is also known as Batting Heaven since the average pitch score in the first innings is 170. This pitch score is a depiction of how favorable batsmen find it.

But it oscillates as well. Sometimes, it is even-paced for advantageous batting and in other cases, it might be slightly grassy for the bowler’s utility.

Boundary Length

With its circular shape, it has a 60-80 centimeter boundary length from the center pitch. This length fluctuated, depending on the game played.

Enclosures

Stadium has nine enclosures in total. The noteworthy point is that these seating areas are with different colors named after renowned Pakistani cricketers, include

  • Imran Khan enclosure
  • Inzamam-ul-Haq enclosure
  • Javed Miandad enclosure
  • Fazal Mehmood enclosure
  • Elahi brothers enclosure
  • Mushtaq Ahmed enclosure
  • Zaheer Abbas enclosure
  • Wasim Akram enclosure
  • Hanif Muhammad enclosure

Primary Information

Former NameIbn-e-Qasim Bagh stadium
Known asMultan International Cricket Stadium
Capacity30000 people
HometeamMultan Sultans of PSL
Operated bySouthern Punjab Cricket Association
End NameMain pavilion end, North pavilion end
FloodlightsYes
OwnerPakistan Cricket Board(PCB)
Coordinates30.1708°N, 71.5248°E
Time ZoneGMT/UTC+5 hrs.
Websitehttps//multan.punjab.gov.pk/stadium_places

Substantial role in the economy

It is an undeniable fact that international cricket in Pakistan has been poorly affected after the 2017 terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team bus. After that incident, the events had a negative impact not only on international affairs but also on the economy of Pakistan. 

Not only Multan stadium but other stadiums also went empty.

But now, it’s good news that the situation gets better. PCB has been able to navigate these waters and bring back international cricket to Pakistan.

While this stadium is influential with its commendable history, it also plays a considerable role in bringing up the impactful image of Pakistan across the world. It amplified the worth of branding and advertising, not only confined at the local level but also at the international level. It has opened up new gates for international events in Pakistan. This stadium also elevates tourism, hospitality as well as local entertainment. It boosts native pride, and a sense of communal identity and illustrates the region of Multan, nationally and internationally. It is a source of job creation through business activities in events.

Test-Stats

Total Test6 matches 
Matches settle for batting first3 matches
Matches settle for bowling first2 matches
Average1st innings score333 score
Average 2nd innings score389 score
Average 3rd innings score265 score
Average 4rth innings score265 score
Total highest record675 runs IND V/S PAK (5 outs)
Total lowest record134 runs PAK V/S BAN(10 outs)
Tie0

ODI-STATS

Total matches10
Matches settle for batting first5
Matches settle for bowling first5
Average 1st innings score250
Average 2nd innings score264
Total highest record323
Total lowest record148
Highest score chased306
Lowest score defended272
Tie0

Location

International Multan stadium, which is multipurpose, is located at Vehari Road in Gulshan-e-Yousuf, Nasserabad.

The precise location on Google Maps is 

5GCF+8W2, Stadium Road and Vehari Road, Gulshane Yousaf, Multan, Punjab, Pakistan.

The prime location of the stadium offers convenience to both local and traveling fans.

Memorable Moments

Every stadium has a sort of delightful memory that has become a core part. It becomes crucial to talk about those memorable moments too when talking about Multan Stadium. So let’s put some spotlight on these historical moments 

  • A monumental match was held between India and Pakistan, arch-rivals, in 2004, in which Virender Sehwag, made up a triple century with 309 runs and navigated India into a spectacular win. This score is the highest individual test score made on this ground ever.
  • Former opening batsman of Pakistan, Saeed Anwar, whacked a splendid 101 against Bangladesh, on this ground and became the first Test centurion.
  • Comprehensively, 13 centuries have been scored at this stadium.
  • The number of ODI centuries scored in this ground is four so far.
  • Out of these ODI centuries, the first one was scored by Yasir Hameed, who was a former batsman. He struck 116 runs in 2003, against Bangladesh.
  • Not only batting, but some auspicious moments related to bowling also happened.
  • Danish Keneria holds onto a record of taking first-five wickets in a Test match against England, in 2005. Those wickets were match-winning wickets against England.

Multan Stadium and PSL

Ceremonies heldNone
PSL matches hosted3
Highest score for PSL199
The lowest score for PSL123
Boundaries count of PSL131
No. of Sixes in PSL33
No. of Fours in PSL98
The first batting team won2 times
The chasing team won1 time
Total Runs935
Total balls delivered662
Runs avg. per match311.66
Strike rate per match141.2
No. of wickets70

First Matches at Multan Stadium

Test match29 August 2001 PAK v/s BAN
ODI match9 September 2003 PAK v/s BAN
T20 matchNot yet
PSL match(5th edition)26 Feb 2020 MS v/s PZ
Match in FloodlightsPak v/s India
International matchOct 2020 Pak v/s Zimbabwe

Recent Matches Played at Multan Stadium

DateV/STimeMatch
22-2-2023MS v/s KK190011th PSL 
19-2-2023MS v/s IU14007th PSL 
17-2-2023MS v/s PZ19005th PSL 
15-2-2023MS v/s QG3rd PSL
13-2-2023MS v/s LQ19301st PSL

Upcoming Match

DateV/STimeMatch
30-8-2023PAK v/s Nepal1930Asia Cup 1st ODI 

Fast Facts About Multan Stadium

  • The stadium was renovated for the second test match held between England and Pakistan on 9 December 2022. MWMC authorities attain cleanliness after the game.
  • The Multan Stadium is a replacement for Ibn-e-Qasim Bagh Stadium, where only local football is played.
  • The distance between the ground and the seats is quite less so the spectators observe a clear view.
  • It holds up a position as the Second largest international stadium in Pakistan.
  • Former opening batsman of Pakistan, Saeed Anwar, whacked a splendid 101 against Bangladesh, on this ground and became the first Test centurion.
  • Famous cricketers Shahid Afridi, Abdul Razzaq, and Shoaib Malik hold the title of three wicket-takers in ODI matches at this stadium.
  • A total of seven ODI matches took place at this cricket stadium.
  • A total of five Test matches took place at this cricket stadium.
  • Another renowned cricketer Yonus Khan has a record of 5 wickets on this ground and also has a name in a list of catches in Test matches.
  • A Jamaican cricketer Chris Gyle also has a record of three catches in ODI matches at this stadium.
  • Muhammad Yosuf set a record for run-maker with 517 runs in four test matches.

Cricketers from Multan

Multan’s hometown team is known as Multan Sultans of Pakistan Super League(PSL) in 2021.

Multan has also produced various outshining cricketers including

  • Inzamam-ul-Haq (Former captain of Pakistan and cricket coach)
  • Shoaib Maqsood (middle-order batsman)
  • Mohammad Irfan (fast bowler)
  • Rahat Ali (fast bowler)
  • Asmavia Iqbal (first cricketer to score a hat-trick in Women’s T-20 international match)
  • Imam-ul-Haq (one of 33 players to be awarded a central contract by PCB)
  • Sania Iqbal(participated two times in the women’s cricket world cup).

How many seats are there in Multan Cricket Stadium?

It hold a capacity of 30,000 people being the second largest stadium of Pakistan.

When was Multan Stadium built?

It was built in 2001 as a replacement for Ibn-e-Qasim Bagh Stadium.

How many PSL matches played at Multan Cricket Stadium?

8 matches were played.

What is the boundary length of Multan Cricket Stadium?

The boundary Length of Multan Stadium is about 60-80 meters.

What is the location of Multan Stadium?

=Stadium is located at Stadium Road and off Vehari Road, in the suburbs of Multan, Punjab.

What is the time zone at Multan Stadium?

Time zone of Multan Stadium is UTC+5:00 hrs.

When was the first match played at Multan Stadium?

The first test match at stadium was held in August, 2001 between Pakistan and Bangladesh for Asian Test Championship.

Are there floodlights at Multan Cricket Stadium?

Yes, recently flood lights have been installed to host both day/night matches.

What is the old name of Multan Cricket Stadium?

This stadium was inaugurated by PCB in August 2001, for the replacement of Ibn-e-Qasim Bagh.

What are End names of Multan Cricket Stadium?

Main Pavilion End, North Pavilion End.

Tanzeha, as a cricket enthusiast, delivers rational, clean cut and advanced information. In addition, she writes after completing research about all facts and qualitative data.

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