Azad Maidan

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This article is about the cricket grounds. For the monument, see Azad Maidan (monument).
Net practice in session at Azad Maidan

Azad Maidan (formerly known as Bombay Gymkhana Maidan[1]) is a triangular-shaped maidan (sports ground) in Bombay, India.[2] It is roughly spread over 25 acres near the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus station.[3] It is a regular venue for inter-school cricket matches. The name Azad means "liberty" in Persian.[4] The ground is known for its cricket pitches,[4] for protest meetings,[5] and for political rallies.[6] The Bombay Gymkhana clubhouse was built in 1875, at the southern end of the maidan.[7]


The vast expanses of land of the Oval Maidan, Azad Maidan, Cooperage Ground and Cross Maidan until the early 20th century formed the area known as Esplanade.[8]

Mahatma Gandhi addressed the largest ever political meeting at Azad Maidan in December 1931.[9]

In April 2014, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) wrote to the state department of school education and sports requesting about 2,000 sq metres (0.5 acre) of Azad Maidan on a temporary basis for construction of the proposed Line 3 of the Mumbai Metro. The MMRDA had leased out a few pitches on that land for sports, for which alternative arrangements will be made. The metro will occupy about 200-300 sq metres of the ground for station landings and staircases.[10]


The ground hosts twenty-two cricket pitches.[11] The cricket pitches at the ground have produced many international cricketers. On 20 November 2013, Prithvi Shaw created history with 546 runs and in 1987 Sachin Tendulkar and Vinod Kambli shared a 664 run record partnership during a Harris Shield school match at Azad Maidan.[12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Wadia, J. B. H. (1983). M.N. Roy, the man: an incomplete Royana. Popular Prakashan. p. 116. ISBN 81-7154-246-8. 
  2. ^ "In cricket crazy Bombay". The Hindu. 27 December 2009. Retrieved 30 January 2012. 
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  4. ^ a b Bose, Mihir (2006). The magic of Indian cricket: cricket and society in India. Routledge. p. 124. ISBN 0-415-35691-1. 
  5. ^ Mahadevia, Darshini (2008). Inside the transforming urban Asia: processes, policies and public actions. Concept Publishing Company. p. 572. ISBN 81-8069-574-3. 
  6. ^ "No ground for Kanga matches". Daily News and Analysis. 27 September 2009. Retrieved 30 January 2012. 
  7. ^ Sharada Dwivedi, Rahul Mehrotra (2001). Bombay: the cities within. Eminence Designs Pvt. Ltd. p. 112. ISBN 81-900602-6-0. 
  8. ^ Kelly Shannon, Janina Gosseye (2009). Reclaiming (the urbanism of) Mumbai Volume 3 of Explorations in/of urbanism. SUN Academia. p. 125. ISBN 90-8506-694-8. 
  9. ^ Haridas T. Muzumdar, Will Durant (2005). Gandhi Versus the Empire. Kessinger Publishing. p. 38. ISBN 1-4179-9043-0. 
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  11. ^ "Mumbai’s maidans may soon vanish". Gulf Times. 22 October 2010. Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  12. ^ "Tendulkar rewinds time at the Bombay Gymkhana". ESPNCricinfo. 9 March 2010. Retrieved 28 February 2012. 

Coordinates: 18°56′25″N 72°49′54″E / 18.940278°N 72.831667°E / 18.940278; 72.831667