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|Owner||Government of Guyana|
|Operator||Guyana Cricket Board|
|Tenants||Guyana cricket team; Guyana Amazon Warriors; Guyana national football team|
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|First Test||22–26 March 2008: West Indies v Sri Lanka|
|Last Test||12–15 May 2011: West Indies v Pakistan|
|First ODI||28 March 2007: South Africa v Sri Lanka|
|Last ODI||16 July 2013: West Indies v Pakistan|
|First T20I||30 April 2010: New Zealand v Sri Lanka|
|Last T20I||4 May 2010: England v Ireland|
|As of 16 October 2015
The Providence Stadium or Guyana National Stadium is a sports stadium in Guyana, replacing Bourda as the national stadium. The stadium was built specifically to host Super Eight matches in the 2007 Cricket World Cup held in March and April 2007.
The stadium hosted six World Cup matches between March 28, 2007 and April 9, 2007, most notably the match between Sri Lanka and South Africa in which Sri Lankan fast bowler Lasith Malinga became the first bowler in international cricket history to take four wickets in four consecutive balls. Built primarily for cricket matches, the stadium can be converted into a multi-use facility.
Built for the 2007 Cricket World Cup, the stadium hosted six One Day Internationals in 2007 as part of that competition. It hosted its first Test Match in 2008, with Sri Lanka as the visiting team, but didn't host another Test until May 2011, when the West Indies defeated Pakistan. As of September 2011, it has hosted five more ODI games since the 2007 World Cup, and was one of the venues for the 2010 ICC World Twenty20, hosting six group stage matches, including 2 matches involving the West Indies.
It has also hosted other sports other than cricket including football and also hosted the rugby sevens competition at the 2010 Central American and Caribbean Games. The opening and closing ceremonies as well as the numerous super concerts held for Carifesta10 were also hosted there. With the advent of the Caribbean Premier League the stadium became the home ground for the Guyana Amazon Warriors franchise hosting league matches in each of the first three seasons.
The stadium was built by the Government of Guyana with substantial financial assistance from the Government of India. It was designed by C.R. Narayana Rao (CRN Architects & Engineers) and constructed by Shapoorji Pallonji Group. Flooding in 2005 slowed site preparation, and delayed the start of construction, which began in May 2005. Construction costs are estimated at $25,000,000 US.
Seating 15,000 people, Providence Stadium is one of the largest sports arenas in Guyana, and now hosts test cricket instead of Bourda. The complex includes a shopping mall and luxury apartments. Princess International Hotel is located next to the stadium.
Providence Stadium is located on the east bank of the Demerara River a few kilometres south of the capital, Georgetown. Located along the East Bank Highway the stadium is a ten minute drive from Georgetown's city centre and a 30 minute drive from Cheddi Jagan International Airport.
Providence Stadium has hosted two test matches against Sri Lanka and Pakistan in 2008 and 2011 respectively. The records for batting and bowling after these two matches are:
- Highest Team Score - 476/8 Dec. Sri Lanka vs West Indies
- Highest Individual Score - 136 by Mahela Jayawardene
- Lowest Team Score - 152 all out West Indies vs Pakistan
- Best Bowling in an Innings - 6/42 Saeed Ajmal Pakistan vs West Indies
- Best Bowling in a Match - 11/111 Saeed Ajmal Pakistan vs West Indies
There has been thirteen (13) ODIs played at the Providence Stadium since it was built. The most recent match was in July 2013 when West Indies played Pakistan.
- Highest Team Score - 303/5 Sri Lanka vs West Indies
- Highest Individual Score - 115 by Sanath Jayasuriya Sri Lanka vs West Indies
- Lowest Team Score - 98 West Indies vs Pakistan
- Most Runs - 314 (5 Innings) Shivnarine Chanderpaul
- Best Bowling in an Innings - 7/12 Shahid Afridi Pakistan vs West Indies
- Most Wickets - 11 (6 Matches)Dwayne Bravo
The ground has hosted six (6) Twenty20 Internationals all in the 2010 T20 World Cup.
- Highest Team Score - 191/5 Dec. England vs West Indies
- Highest Individual Score - 100 by Mahela Jayawardene Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe
- Most Runs - 181 (2 Innings) Mahela Jayawardene
- Best Bowling in an Innings - 3/5 Scott Styris New Zealand vs Zimbabwe
- Most Wickets - 5 (2 Matches)Darren Sammy
- Cricinfo – Full length, full reward
- Cricinfo – Records – One-Day Internationals – Hat-tricks
- "Shapoorji Pallonji readies IPO for arm". The Times of India. 23 December 2006. Retrieved 20 March 2012.
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