The energetic land of Rawalpindi has created many talented players in the history of cricket. There is a major contribution of this city in the development of international cricket. Additionally, there is an extra-ordinary ground located in the heart of the city known as “Pindi Cricket Stadium”. This stadium has hosted many international matches across years and has a great importance in the field of cricket.
|19th January 1992
|Pavilion End, Shell End
|Pakistan Cricket Board
|Rawalpindi City Cricket Association
|Latitude: 33.6509 Longitude: 73.0723.
Consequently, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) with the contribution of the Punjab Government constructed Pindi Cricket Stadium in 1992. First match was held between Pakistan and Zimbabwe in 1993. Afterwards, a one-day international match between Pakistan and Sri-Lanka was played in 1997. Karachi organized Pakistan’s first test match but now Rawalpindi has become the 14th test ground of the country. The final of the fifth One-Day International match was played between Pakistan and Sri Lanka, which Pakistan won to record a 4:1 victory in the series played in Rawalpindi on 15 January 2023.
Architecture anD boundary
The fundamental shape of the stadium is circular. As far as the length of the boundary is concerned, it is roughly 75-80 meters away from the center of the field. Nevertheless, the boundary length is flexible and can be increased or decreased depending upon the style of cricket being played here.
Additionally, this ground is located in the outer limits of the four million population city from which the capital Islamabad is just three miles away. Pir Meher Ali Shah University and Rawalpindi Arts Council are also situated near PCG.
Contribution to economy
Similar to other sporting venues, the RWP Cricket Stadium is a masterpiece of commercial real estate. It generates money via ticket sales, advertisement and other sponsors. In order to be competitive in the market it needs to be upgraded continuously.
After starting major improvements in 1996, it was later opened as a complete international stadium in 1998. Later, major changes in the seating pattern and accommodating area were made in 2004 which allowed this stadium to entertain approximately 25000 people.
Area and Facilities
Occupying a space of 25 acres, this stadium accommodated 15000 people according to the seating arrangement. Now, it can hold around 25000 spectators after extension work.
Moreover, consisting of four stands RCG is equipped with flawless floodlights, luxurious seats and huge scoreboards. The pitch and outer boundary are well maintained. As Rawalpindi is located in the North of the country and usually rainfall is observed, one of the best drainage systems has been installed in Pindi stadium to tackle such a situation in a good manner.
On the other hand, the stadium has both indoor and outdoor practice areas including a gym. There are also media boxes, corporate boxes and VIP lounges in the same venue. Likewise, the pitch is good for fast bowlers providing a good bounce.
There are eight huge gates to enter Rawalpindi stadium which are named against the names renowned players of Pakistan as as;
- Imran Khan
- Shoaib Akhter
- Sohail Tanveer
- Javed Akhter
- Azhar Mehmood
- Miran Buksh
- Yasir Arafat
- Javed Miandad
Average scores achieved
At Rawalpindi cricket ground, the following average scores are achieved;
ODI First Innings:
The average Scores obtained in First Innings of ODI were 210.
This Cricket Stadium also hosted the following matches and some of the noteworthy performances are mentioned below;
First Test match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka (2000):
On the second day of Sri-Lanka Vs Pakistan match Sadeera Samarawickrama played a good shot and made the match memorable. Marvan Atapattu’s stunning century helped Sri Lanka, who took the first turn at bat, scoring 297 runs in their opening round.
Pakistan additionally made a tremendous comeback with Younas Khan striking a double century and brought the final score of Pakistan to 509. Pakistan won the game by an innings and Sri Lanka bowled out in their second innings scoring just 206.
India against Pakistan, First ODI (2004):
Indian batsmen were in position to bat and Pakistan to bowl. After nearly 15 years both teams got a chance to play in a one-day international match. India scored 349 runs, including an amazing century from Virendar Sehwag.
Likewise, Younis Khan and Yasir Hameed also scored centuries. However, Pakistan was only outscored by 5 runs and India went on to win the game.
Australia VS. Pakistan (2014):
Pakistan did fielding against Australia and this match was significant for the nation as it was Pakistan’s first test match on home ground after approximately Six years. Australia batted first and scored 570 runs, including a spectacular century from David Warner. Younis Khan responded by scoring a double century. However, Pakistan had a tough time but Australia became the winner.
This stadium has been used frequently for PSL matches. Although, including many high scoring matches held this year as well. Check out the detail below;
|1 Mar, 2023
|Peshawar Zalmi vs Karachi Kings
|Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium
|3 Mar, 2023
|Islamabad United vs Karachi Kings
|5 Mar, 2023
|Islamabad United vs Quetta Gladiators
|6 Mar, 2023
|Quetta Gladiators vs Karachi Kings
|7 Mar, 2023
|Peshawar Zalmi vs Lahore Qalandars
|7 Mar, 2023
|Islamabad United vs Multan Sultans
|8 Mar, 2023
|Peshawar Zalmi vs Quetta Gladiators
|9 Mar, 2023
|Islamabad United vs Lahore Qalandars
|10 Mar, 2023
|Peshawar Zalmi vs Multan Sultans
|11 Mar, 2023
|Quetta Gladiators vs Multan Sultans
|12 Mar, 2023
|Islamabad United vs Peshawar Zalmi
Pakistan has been putting forth significant attempts to keep up with cricket in the nation by sorting out homegrown and international matches in different arenas. These endeavors have been effective in exhibiting the country’s enthusiasm for the game, as found in the establishment of various stadiums in the country. One such ground is the Pindi Cricket stadium, which is one of the most established and most wonderful cricket stadiums in Pakistan. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has planned to have a few upcoming matches in this stadium.
What is Wrong with Rawalpindi’s Stadium Pitch?
The pitch at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium is favorable for spin bowlers, particularly early in the match ,unlike the pitch at Lahore Stadium. The pitch doesn’t offer much seam movement or turn throughout the game, with no significant bounce or carry. Due to which the bowlers’ ability to compete fairly with the batsmen hinders.
How many PSL matches played on Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium Rawalpindi?
Highest PSL score on Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium?
What is the capacity of Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium ?
Capacity of RCS has increased to 25000 after renonvation
Does Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium have Floodlight ?
Yes, it possesses very bright Flood Lights.
What are end names in Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium ?
Pavilion End and Shell End