Niaz Stadium

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Niaz Stadium
Ground information
Location Hyderabad
Establishment 1959
Capacity 15,000[1]
Owner Pakistan Cricket Board
Operator Hyderabad Cricket Association
Tenants Hyderabad cricket team, Hyderabad Hawks, Pakistan
End names
Pavilion End
International information
First Test 16 March – 21 March 1973:
 Pakistan v  England
Last Test 25 November – 29 Novovember 1984:
 Pakistan v  New Zealand
First ODI 20 September 1982:
 Pakistan v  Australia
Last ODI 24 January 2008:
 Pakistan v  Zimbabwe
As of 25 August 2009
Source: Niaz Stadium, Cricinfo

The Niaz Stadium is a cricket ground in Hyderabad, Pakistan. The ground has capacity to accommodate 15,000 spectators [2] and hosted its first test match in 1973.[3]

The first ever hat-trick in One Day International took by Pakistan's Jalal-ud-Din at this stadium. In Hyderabad in 1982-83, Jalal-ud-Din removed Rod Marsh, Bruce Yardley and Geoff Lawson with the last three balls of his seventh over. Pakistan restricted Australia for 170 for 9 to win by 59 runs. A right-arm seamer from Karachi, Jalal-ud-Din played only seven other one-dayers and six Tests.[4]

Niaz Stadium celebrated staging this Test cricket's 1000th match[5]

In addition, Pakistan has never lost any match, whether test or one day, on this ground.


Niaz Stadium, Hyderabad is situated in the heart of once the 4th and now the 6th most populous city of Pakistan. Hyderabad has been named after Niaz Ahmed the late sports loving commoner of Hyderabad who was the motivating factor for building this stadium. The complex is in front of the 3 star Indus Hotel. The inaugural first class match was played at Niaz Stadium between South Zone v Pakistan Education Board (PEB) on 16–18 March 1962. Niaz Stadium become the 32nd first class ground in Pakistan and 2nd in Hyderabad.

Only five Tests have so far been played at Hyderabad two each against England and New Zealand and one against India. The inaugural Test match at Hyderabad took place on 16–21 March 1973 against England, and it was left drawn after big scoring England picked up 487 with Dennis Amiss scoring 158. Pakistan in reply, did even better, compiling 569 before declaring after nine wickets had fallen. Mushtaq Mohammad hit 157 and Intikhab Alam 138. England played out time by hitting 218 for 6 wickets for the match to end in a draw.

The last Test was played at Niaz Stadium, Hyderabad between Pakistan and New Zealand on 25–29 November 1984. Niaz Stadium celebrated staging this Test cricket's 1000th match[6] with Pakistan winning the rubber with more than a day to spare. Javed Miandad became the second Pakistani after Hanif Mohammed to score a century in each innings of a Test. Niaz Stadium boasts of the fact that Pakistan never lost a Test or One-day International here.

However an international match was played on 24 January 2008 between Pakistan and Zimbabwe after ten long years. The PCB made some improvements to the stadium. People of Hyderabad were happy but some were angry too as they were not able to buy tickets for the match.

Records and statistics[edit]

First Test Pakistan v England - Mar 16-21, 1973[7]

Last Test Pakistan v New Zealand - Nov 25-29, 1984[8]

First ODI Pakistan v Australia - Sep 20, 1982[9]

Last ODI Pakistan v Zimbabwe - Jan 24, 2008[10]


  • Highest Team Total: 581/3d by Pakistan against India on 14 January 1983.
  • Lowest Team Total : 189 by India against Pakistan on 14 January 1983.
  • Highest Individual Score : 280 N.O. by Javed Miandad for Pakistan against India on 14 January 1983.
  • Highest partnership : 451 for the 3rd wicket by Mudassar Nazar and Javed Miandad for Pakistan against India on 14 January 1983.
  • Most Wickets : 16 wickets in 3 matches by Abdul Qadir(Pakistan).
  • Most Runs : 661 runs in 4 matches by Javed Miandad(Pakistan).

One Day International[edit]

  • Highest team total: 267/6 by Pakistan against Sri Lanka on 8 October 1987.
  • Lowest team total: 127 by Sri Lanka against Pakistan on 3 November 1985.
  • Highest individual score: 115 N.O. (103 balls) by Javed Miandad for Pakistan against Sri Lanka on 15 January 1992.
  • Highest partnership: 137 for the 3rd wicket by H Masakadza and T Taibu for Zimbabwe against Pakistan on 24 January 2008.
  • Most Runs: 335 runs in 5 matches by Javed Miandad(Pakistan).
  • Most Wickets: 7 wickets in 2 matches by Aaqib Javed(Pakistan).

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Coordinates: 25°22′56.54″N 68°20′17.45″E / 25.3823722°N 68.3381806°E / 25.3823722; 68.3381806