Rwanda Cricket Stadium

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Rwanda Cricket Stadium
"Kicukiro Oval" "Rwanda Cricket Stadium"
GCS Drone Shot-YT.jpg
An aerial photo of the Gahanga Cricket Stadium
LocationKigali City, Rwanda
Coordinates2°01′46.3″S 30°06′26″E / 2.029528°S 30.10722°E / -2.029528; 30.10722Coordinates: 2°01′46.3″S 30°06′26″E / 2.029528°S 30.10722°E / -2.029528; 30.10722
Capacity10,000
OwnerGovernment of Rwanda
OperatorRwanda Cricket Stadium Foundation
TenantsRwanda national cricket team
End names
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First WT20I18 June 2019:
 Tanzania v  Uganda
Last WT20I23 June 2019:
 Tanzania v  Rwanda
As of 12 December 2019
Source: Cricinfo

Rwanda Cricket Stadium or Kicukiro Oval is main cricket ground in Kigali. The stadium is more commonly known as the Gahanga International Cricket Stadium and has been dubbed as the 'Lord's of East Africa'.[1][2]

In 2011, Rwanda Cricket Stadium Foundation was formed in August 2011 to build and manage, on a not for profit basis, the first dedicated international cricket ground in Rwanda. It is located 4.5 hectare site on the edge of Kigali, Rwanda's capital.[3][4][5][6] The stadium now hosts the annual Kwibuka Women T20 tournament,[7]

The charity is run by a team of cricket enthusiasts from the UK Christopher Shale and Rwanda in partnership with the Marylebone Cricket Club Foundation. It was completed in March 2017.[8]

In 2012, Brian Lara[9] agreed to become one of the Patrons. The Stadium is also supported by British Prime Minister David Cameron, Andrew Mitchell, Jonathan Agnew, Heather Knight, Peter Gummer, Baron Chadlington[10][11]

In 2018, the ground was selected as host the matches in the 2018–19 ICC World Twenty20 Africa Qualifier Eastern Sub-Region group.[4][5][6]

The stadium also hosted the 2019 Kwibuka Women's T20 Tournament,[7] a women's cricket tournament, in remembrance of the victims of the 1994 Rwandan genocide.[12]

International record[edit]

Women's Twenty20 International centuries[edit]

Four WT20I centuries have been scored at the venue.[13]

No. Score Player Team Balls Opposing team Innings Date Result
1 116 Prosscovia Alako  Uganda 71  Mali 1 20 June 2019 Won
2 103* Rita Musamali  Uganda 61  Mali 1 20 June 2019 Won
3 114* Marie Bimenyimana  Rwanda 81  Mali 1 21 June 2019 Won
4 108* Fatuma Kibasu  Tanzania 71  Mali 1 22 June 2019 Won

Women's Twenty20 International five-wicket hauls[edit]

One WT20I five-wicket haul has been taken at this venue.[14]

# Figures Player Country Innings Opponent Date Result
1 5/0 Nasra Saidi  Tanzania 2  Mali 22 June 2019 Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Thousands to grace Gahanga Cricket Stadium inauguration". The New Times. Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Rwanda To Host EAC 2018 World Cricket Qualifiers". KT Press. Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  3. ^ Cricket stadium to rise in shadow of Rwandan massacre
  4. ^ a b "Welcome to Rwanda, where a new cricket ground is front-page news as part of a growing following for the sport and its power for good". The Independent. Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Rwanda: Gahanga International Cricket Stadium Launched Today". All Africa. Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  6. ^ a b "Kigali welcomes East Africa for ICC World T20 Africa B Qualifier". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  7. ^ a b "Women's Cricket team to face Mali in T20 opener". The New Times. Retrieved 18 June 2019.
  8. ^ Gardner, Alan (4 April 2014). "The cricket ground that was a killing field". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 18 June 2019.
  9. ^ UNIVERSITY CRICKET at OXFORD
  10. ^ MCC
  11. ^ Field of dreams
  12. ^ "Five countries set for cricket memorial tournament". The New Times. Retrieved 16 June 2019.
  13. ^ "Statistics / Statsguru / Women's Twenty20 Internationals / Batting records". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 20 June 2019.
  14. ^ "Statistics / Statsguru / Women's Twenty20 Internationals / Bowling records". Retrieved 23 June 2019.

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