Maulana Azad Stadium
|Location||Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir|
|Tenants||Jammu and Kashmir cricket team|
|Only ODI||19 December, 1988: India v New Zealand|
|As of 3 April, 2012
Maulana Azad Stadium (also spelled Molana Azad Stadium) is a stadium in Jammu and is one of the home venues for the Jammu and Kashmir cricket team. It is located on the banks of the Tawi River and is named after Indian freedom fighter Abul Kalam Azad.
Maulana Azad Stadium has hosted home games for Jammu and Kashmir in domestic tournaments since 1966. It has also hosted one One Day International in 1988 between India and New Zealand, which was abandoned due to rain without a ball being bowled.
The ground is used for the Republic Day Parade in the state annually. In 1995, three bomb blasts containing RDX were set off by remote control at the stadium during the parade resulting in eight deaths and fifty four injuries. The blasts occurred when Governor General K V Krishna Rao was on stage taking salute with 30,000 people in attendance. Rao himself narrowly escaped the blast. In the year 2000, three solar-activated rockets programmed to hit Maulana Azad Stadium were found by the police a few days prior to the Republic Day Parade. Since the bombing incident in 1995 the entire turf is dug up as part of a security preparations prior to the Republic Day Parade. In 2000, as part of one of these excavations, an ancient structure of brick and plastered lime was unearthed. A newspaper report claimed that the structure was related to water since a drain was found. A lodging centre at the stadium has played host to pilgrims embarking on the Amarnath yatra, from where the yatra flags off.
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