Iqbal Stadium

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Iqbal Stadium
Ground information
Location Stadium Road, Faisalabad
Coordinates 31°26′2″N 73°5′9″E / 31.43389°N 73.08583°E / 31.43389; 73.08583Coordinates: 31°26′2″N 73°5′9″E / 31.43389°N 73.08583°E / 31.43389; 73.08583
Capacity 25,000
Owner Faisalabad City Cricket Association/PCB
Operator Faisalabad City Cricket Association
Tenants Faisalabad cricket team, Faisalabad Wolves, Pakistan
End names
Pavilion End
Golf Course End
International information
First Test 16 Oct – 21 Oct 1978: Pakistan v India
Last Test 21 Jan- 25 Jan 2006: Pakistan v India
First ODI 23 Nov 1984: Pakistan v New Zealand
Last ODI 29 May 2011: Pakistan A v Afghanistan
As of 29 August 2009
Source: Iqbal Stadium, Cricinfo

Iqbal Stadium (Urdu: اقبال سٹیڈیم‎) is a Test cricket ground in Faisalabad, Pakistan. Previous names for the ground include Lyallpur Stadium, National Stadium, and City Stadium. The current name honours Pakistani poet Sir Allama Muhammad Iqbal. Capacity is 25,000. It has hosted 25 Test matches and 14 One Day Internationals. 14 of the tests have been draws, thanks to the bone-dry, lifeless wickets, perfect for batting.

Ground records[edit]

Tests[edit]

  • Highest innings total: 6–674 by Pakistan vs. India, October 1984.
  • Lowest innings total: 53 all out by West Indies vs. Pakistan, October 1986.
  • Highest individual score: 253 by Sanath Jayasuriya for Sri Lanka vs. Pakistan, October 2004.
  • Best bowling figures (match): 12–130 (7–76 & 5–54) by Waqar Younis for Pakistan vs. New Zealand, October 1990.

One-day internationals[edit]

  • Highest innings total: 7–314 (50 overs) by Pakistan vs. New Zealand, December 2003.
  • Highest individual score: 106 by Mohammad Yousuf for Pakistan vs. Bangladesh, September 2003.
  • Best bowling figures: 4–27 (4 overs) by Mudassar Nazar for Pakistan vs. New Zealand, November 1984.

Profile[edit]

The Iqbal Stadium in Faisalabad is situated in the northern province of Punjab and is a modern and well-equipped stadium. But no matter how impressive a venue is, not much can be done about the weather and Faisalabad has suffered at the hands of the elements. In 1998–99 fog caused the third Test against Zimbabwe was abandoned without a ball being bowled, while bad light is often an issue especially for matches played during the winter. However, when play has been possible, some memorable performances have taken place. An exciting Test was played out in 1997–98 when South Africa skittles Pakistan for 92, successfully defending a target of 142 on the final day. Then, in 2004–05, Sanath Jayasuriya smashed 253 as Sri Lanka powered to a 201-run victory. But the ground is most famous for the confrontation between Mike Gatting and Shakoor Rana during England's 1987–88 tour, which led to a day being lost during the match and some long-lasting bad feeling between the teams. The stadium itself is only 2 km out of the city centre, which can be reached by a walk through the tree-lined suburbs.

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