National Stadium, Karachi

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National Stadium, Karachi

National Stadium, Karachi is Pakistan’s eleventh and Karachi’s fifth first-class ground. It is a cricket venue known for hosting International and domestic cricket matches. It owned the same name constantly over the years. For its sponsorship reasons, it is also named a National Bank Cricket Arena.

It is the five-year naming rights agreement between the Bank of Punjab and PCB. It is not only the home ground of Karachi Kings but several domestic cricket teams.

National Bank Cricket Arena

Primary Information:

NameNational Stadium
Another nameNational Bank Cricket Arena (October 2022)
Established inApril 1955
Capacity34,228
Home teamKarachi kings
Operated bySindh Cricket Association
Owned byPakistan Cricket Board (PCB)
End namePavilion End, University End
Time zoneUTC+5 (PKT)
SurfaceBatting pitch
FloodlightsYes
Coordinates 24°53′46″N 67°4′53″E
Websitehttps://www.pcb.com.pk/
AddressStadium Road, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
First match26 February 1995
Acres174.5

History:

On 21 April 1955, around 68 years ago National Stadium was established in Karachi when it was the capital city of Pakistan. The plot land measuring which was acquired through the commissioner of Karachi was 174.5 acres. This ground was constructed as a football ground and the first football match was played between Pakistan and Iran in 1956 but growing interest in Cricket in the country led the stadium rapidly transformed into a cricket stadium.

Architecture

National Stadium is a symbolic icon of Pakistan’s cricket heritage. It has immense historic records, located in the heart of Karachi. It is designed by a Yahya. In the early 1950s, it was constructed under the direction of senior civil engineers Mr. Kafil Uddin and Mr. Abdul Rasheed Khan. It is an example of modern architecture in Pakistan. Its unique dimension of oval shape, and its distinctive red-brick exterior is a classic representation of the city.

Architecture of National Stadium Karachi

Renovations

For increasing capacity and facility improvements, the stadium has undergone many renovations and expansions over several years.

Its first major renovation was in 1969 when floodlights were installed to host day-night matches which made it the first-ever cricket ground in the world to do so.

For the construction of the media centre and new pavilion, this stadium underwent another renovation in 1984. During this construction, the seating capacity was also increased to 34,228 from 20,000.

For the construction of a new members’ enclosure and the installation of new floodlights, NSK underwent another renovation in 2006.

In 2007, at this ground, a 75-meter long and 44-meter-wide screen was installed.

Renovations of National Stadium Karachi

Infrastructure Improvements:

NSK also plans to upgrade its seating capacity, and its infrastructure to make it reliable for players and spectators. Improvements to the floodlights, scoreboard, beverages facilities, accessibility features, parking areas, practice pitches, gym facilities, training areas, and audio-visual systems took place.

Seating Capacity:

Increasing the seating capacity for the accommodation of more spectators is one of the primary goals for NSK. Its current seating capacity is for over 34,000 people but they are planning to expand it to around 50,000. This will make this stadium one of the largest stadiums in Pakistan.

Seating Capacity of NSK

Memorable Moments:

  • The National Stadium has had several iconic crickets matches over the years which include the 1987 world cup final and the 2008 Asia Cup final.
  • It also hosted many domestic tournaments which include the Quaid-e-Azam trophy, the National T20 Cup, and the Pakistan Super League (PSL).
  • Sachin Tendulkar and Waqar Younis are the players who played their first test match in November 1989.
  • The most memorable moment on this ground was when Javed Miandad played six on the last ball against India to win the Austral-Asia Cup final in 1986.
  • This stadium also witnessed the celebrated moments of Pakistani cricket legends including Imran Khan, Hanif Muhammad, and Wasim Akram.
  • In the 1996 world cup, NSK also host a quarter-final match. 
  • PCB named NSK as one of the venues in September 2019, to stage matches in the 2012-2020 Quaid-e-Azam Trophy.
  • After signing five years successful deal with the National Bank of Pakistan in October 2022, PCB renamed the stadium the National Bank Cricket Arena. This is the first naming deal for a stadium in Pakistan.

Weather:

This stadium always remains sunny with temperatures ranging from 28-32 degrees Celsius. In winter, the sun usually sets early so there is a low risk of rain. January and February are the coldest month with temperatures of 25 degrees.

First match:

The first Test match was played between Pakistan and India on 26 February-1 March 1956.

First Test-Match

At NSK the first-class match was played between India and Pakistan on 20-24 April 1955. It became a stronghold of Pakistan cricket. Pakistan had won 17 test matches and was lose in 34 Tests played from April 1955 to December 2000.

From the start of 1996 in a little under five years, Pakistan could not win on this ground.

Other first matches:

MatchDateYearBetween
First ODI21 November1980Pakistan v West Indies
First T20I20 April2008Pakistan v Bangladesh
Only women’s test15-19 March2004Pakistan v West Indies
First WODI9 April2001Pakistan v Netherlands
First WT20I28 October2008Pakistan v West Indies

Pitch:

NSK has been considered a balanced wicket, which offers assistance to both bowlers and batsmen. Its surface is very conducive to spin bowling, but weather conditions can change the pitch’s behavior.

Pitch

Boundary Length:

For international cricket matches, the boundary length typically ranges from 70-75 meters from the center of the pitch. It can vary depending on the specific matches and setup.

Enclosures:

There are various enclosures of the National Stadium:

  • Quaid’s Enclosure: named after Pakistan’s founder Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, has premium seating with the best view of the action.
  • Wasim Bari Enclosure: named after the former Pakistani cricketer and wicketkeeper with a comfortable viewing experience.
  • Imran Khan Enclosure: named after former Pakistani captain and legend Imran Khan with a vantage point.
  • Fazal Muhammad Enclosure: named after the iconic cricketer Fazal Muhammad with a unique view of the game.
  • Majid Khan Enclosure: named after the former cricketer of Pakistan Majid Khan with a delightful spot to watch the game.
  • Hanif Muhammad Enclosure: named after Pakistan’s cricket legend Hanif Muhammad.
  • Naseem-ul-Ghani Enclosure: named after Pakistani cricketer Naseem-ul-Ghani with comfortable seats.

These enclosures offer varying levels of amenities and proximity to the playing field which allow spectators to choose their preferred view.

Enclosures of National Stadium Karachi

Facilities:

  • A seating capacity of 34,228 spectators.
  • Floodlights to hold day-night matches.
  • A dedicated members’ enclosure.
  • A modern media center provides facilities for broadcasters and journalists that cover matches.
  • A modern scoreboard for score display, the number of overs bowled, and other key statistics.
  • A large parking area for several hundred vehicles.
  • Food and beverage stalls.
  • A medical room and trained medical staff.
  • Modern CCTV system and trained security.
  • Wi-Fi network.
  • Several VIP lounges for VIP guests.
  • Several practice facilities including net and pitches.

Return of International Cricket:

In 2017, PCB chairman Najam Sethi announced that NSK will host the final match of PSL 2018 between Islamabad United and Peshawar Zalmi on 25 March 2018. The pitch, outfield, VIP boxes, and dressing rooms were renovated for this final. Several elevators and 800 CCTV cameras were also installed. 

Sri Lanka v/s Pakistan:

Sri Lanka toured Pakistan in February 2009 following an attack on Sri Lanka’s national cricket team.

At the Asian Cricket Council meeting in Singapore, in May 2019 PCB requested the Sri Lanka team to play test matches in Pakistan. Sri Lanka played 3 match ODI series in National Stadium.

National Stadium also hosted a second test match with Sri Lanka on 19 December.

Sri Lanka vs Pakistan

Statistics:

Test Match:

First match26 February-1 MarchPakistan v India1956
Last match2-6 JanuaryPakistan v New Zealand2023
Highest team total765/6dPakistan v Sri Lanka2009
Lowest team total80Australia v Pakistan1956
The highest Run chase achieved315/9Pakistan v Sri Lanka2009
Highest partnership437Mahela Jayawardene and Thilan Samaraweera v Pakistan2010

One Day International:

First match21 November 1981
Last match7 May 2023
Total matches played46
Won Batting first22
Won Batting second24
Tied0
Highest scoreIndia 374/4
Lowest scoreBangladesh 115/10
The average score in 1st bat258
Below score 2009
Scores between 200 and 24910
Scores between 250 and 29913
Above score 30014
Highest team total374/4, India v Hong Kong in 2008
The highest Run chase achieved310/4, by India against Sri Lanka in 2008
Highest run chase (won or lost)344/8, by Pakistan against India in 2004
Highest individual score181
Highest partnership201, by Sanath Jayasuriya and Kumar Sangakkara against Bangladesh in 2008
Lowest team total115, by Bangladesh against Pakistan in 2008

T20 International:

First match20 April 2008
Last match25 September 2022
Total matches played6
Won Batting first5
Won Batting second1
Tied0
Highest scorePakistan 205/3
Lowest scoreWest Indies 60/10
The average score in 1st bat189
Below score 1500
Scores between 150 and 1691
Scores between 170 and 1891
Above score 1904
Highest team total221/3, by England against Pakistan in 2022
Highest individual score110* by Babar Azam against England in 2022
Highest partnership203* by Babar Azam and Muhammad Rizwan against England in 2022
Lowest team total60/9, by West Indies against Pakistan in 2018

T20 Domestic:

Total matches played49
Won Batting first17
Won Batting second32
Tied0
Highest scoreIslamabad United 238/3
Lowest scoreKarachi Kings 113/10
The average score in 1st bat172
Below score 15012
Scores between 150 and 1699
Scores between 170 and 18912
Above score 19016
Domestic team of Karachi

Cricket World Cup:

1987 CWC:

DateYearTeam 1Team 2Won byWon with
13 October1987West Indies 360/4 (50 overs)Sri Lanka 169/4 (50 overs)West Indies191 runs
20 October1987England 244/9 (50 overs)Pakistan 247/3 (49 overs)Pakistan7 wickets
30 October1987West Indies 258/7 (50 0vers)Pakistan 230/9 (50 overs)West Indies28 runs

1996 CWC:

DateTeam 1Team 2Won byWon withPlayer of the match 
29 FebruaryPakistan 242/6 (50 overs)South Africa 243/5 (44.2 overs)South Africa5 wicketsHansie Cronje (SA)
3 MarchEngland 249/9 (50 0vers)Pakistan 250/3 (47.4 overs)Pakistan7 wicketsAamer Sohail (Pak)
11 MarchWest Indies 264/8 (50 overs)South Africa 245 (49.3 overs)West Indies19 runsBrian Lara (WI)

Upcoming Match:

There are no upcoming matches available.

Cricketers from Karachi:

There are many legendary players including:

  • Zaheer Abbas
  • Mohsin Hasan Khan
  • Asim Kamal
  • Rashid Latif
  • Basit Ali
  • Sarfraz Ahmad
  • Anwar Ali
  • Mohammad Sami

What is the highest score on the Karachi Stadium?

374 is the highest score for ODI.

How many seats are there in National Stadium in Karachi?

It is the largest Pakistan cricket stadium with a 34,228 spectators’ capacity.

Is Karachi National Stadium batting or bowling pitch?

It favors both bowlers and batters in white-ball cricket.

Who is the highest wicket taker in National Stadium Karachi?

Mohammad Nawaz took 11 wickets in the period 2018-2022.

How many acres is the Karachi National Stadium?

This Stadium is built on 174.5 acres of land.

What is the boundary length of the National Stadium Karachi?

Its boundary length is 60-80 meters from the center pitch.

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