Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium is a cricket stadium located in DKS Rawalpindi in the Punjab province of Pakistan. It is close to Pir Meher Ali Shah University, Rawalpindi, and Rawalpindi Arts Council, Rawalpindi. The first international match at the stadium was played on 19 January 1992, when Sri Lanka faced Pakistan in an ODI. The stadium hosted its first test match in 1993 when Zimbabwe was the visitor.
Test cricket returned to Pakistan at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium during the two-match Test series against Sri Lanka. The first test match was held from 11 to 15 December 2019 at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium.
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Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium History
Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium is the home ground of Islamabad United and Northern. Prior to the construction of the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, the Rawalpindi Club Cricket Ground had been used as the venue for international matches, including a test match against New Zealand which took place in March 1965.
Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium was a prime venue in the 1995–96 Cricket World Cup. With his sights set on the 1996 World Cup, he unveiled another new test venue for the second test against Zimbabwe in Rawalpindi. Karachi hosted Pakistan’s first Test match and the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium became the country’s 14th Test ground. The floodlights were added in late 2001 when the Australians were ready to tour the Region. The stadium is only 20 minutes from the capital Islamabad and is the only proper international stadium in the territory.
Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium has a seating capacity of 15,000.
Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium Seating Plan
- First Test: Dec 9–14, 1993 – Pakistan v Zimbabwe.
- First ODI: 19 Jan 1992 – Pakistan v Sri Lanka.
- First T20I: 7 Jan 2020 – Pakistan v Zimbabwe.
Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium pitch report
The pitch at the stadium is known to be a good batting track, with a relatively even bounce and a good carry-through to the wicketkeeper. However, the pitch does tend to get slower and lower as the match goes on, making it difficult for the batsmen to score quickly. Spin bowlers may also find some assistance from the pitch, especially in the later stages of the match. Overall, the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium pitch is considered to be a good venue for high-scoring matches.