renovate and uplift the neglected National Stadium Karachi (NSK), which was once the national team’s fortress in Tests until England beat them in 2000-2001.
The NSK has been overlooked by the two previous chairmen, Zaka Ashraf and Ijaz Butt, despite repeated requests from authorities – including PCB and Karachi City Cricket Association (KCCA) officials – to upgrade its deteriorating condition.
The gymnasium has not been operative for the past several years, and players in Karachi have not had access to top-class facilities as compared to those in Lahore at the National Cricket Academy.
|Location:||Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan|
|In Urdu:||قومی اسٹیڈیم|
|Local Language Name:||نیشنل اسٹڈیم|
|Coordinates :||24°53′46″N 67°4′53″E|
|Website:||National Stadium, Cricinfo|
|Home teams:||Pakistan, Karachi|
|Current local time:||13:32, Mon Jun 05, 2017 (UTC +0500)|
|famous as :||modern and powerful floodlights|
|Establishment:||21 April 1955|
|Owner:||Pakistan Cricket Board|
|Operator:||Karachi City Cricket Association|
|Tenants:||Karachi, Karachi Dolphins, Karachi Zebras, Karachi Kings, Pakistan International Airlines, Pakistan|
|End names:||Pavilion End University End|
|First Test:||26 Feb – 1 Mar 1955: Pakistan v India|
|Last Test:||21 Feb – 25 Feb 2009: Pakistan v Sri Lanka|
|First ODI:||21 Nov 1980: Pakistan v West Indies|
|Last ODI:||21 Jan 2009: Pakistan v Sri Lanka|
Karachi, Pakistan’s largest and most populous city, presents an interesting and colourful combination of the old and new. The National Stadium became Karachi’s fifth and Pakistan’s 11th first-class ground. The inaugural first-class match was played at NSK between Pakistan and India on April 21-24, 1955, and it became a fortress of Pakistan cricket. In 34 Tests between that first match and December 2000, Pakistan won 17 and were never beaten. Their only Test defeat on the ground came in the gloom against England in 2000-01. Since then, major terrorist activity, mainly bombings, have meant that non Asian sides have refused to play in the city, and in five years only Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have visited. It is a shame because the spectators are passionate – and noisy – and it is a great place to play and watch.
The first ODI at the National Stadium was against West Indies on November 21, 1980, and it went down to the last ball as Gordon Greenidge drove Imran imperiously to the cover boundary with three needed. It has been a far less successful limited-overs venue, with defeats outnumbering victories. In fact, in a little under five years from the start of 1996, Pakistan failed to win on the ground. It also staged a quarter-final match in the 1996-97 World Cup.
Cricinfo staff December 2005
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- Women’s Test Matches played on this ground
- Women’s One-Day International Matches played on this ground
- Youth Test Matches played on this ground
- Youth One-Day International Matches played on this ground
- Other matches played on this ground
Mayor offers Karachis National Stadium for PSL final
Mayor Waseem Akhtar on Thursday offered the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) the option of hosting the final match of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) at the National Stadium in Karachi.
The mayor not only extended the invitation in a talk with media personnel, but also took to Twitter with a message to the PCB; “I offer @TheRealPCB to hold #PSL2017 final in Karachi. We will cooperate in every way, if it happens it will be a great success.”
While the PCB had announced Lahore as the host, the location for this year’s PSL final has once again become a bone of contention as security fears were raised in the wake of Monday’s bombing near the Punjab Assembly. The suicide attack seemed to target law enforcers who were negotiating with protesters and left 14 people dead, including senior police officials.
With much talk around the country over the fate of the tournament’s final, Mayor Akhtar iterated that he would take full responsibility for foolproof security arrangements at the National Stadium.
PCB National Stadium
- The stairs of the NSK and roof tops of some of the enclosures are in dismal shape as well; and despite repeated efforts to turn things around, the endeavours have proved futile.
- However, current PCB chief Najam Sethi is close to approving the renovation project which is estimated at Rs30 million.
- “Sethi has agreed to approve the renovation work at the NSK which will cost around Rs30 million,” a senior PCB official told The Express Tribune.
- “He has given the go-ahead to building a top-class gym at the stadium, while the deteriorating areas such as the stairs, different rooms for officials, chairman boxes, roof tops, media boxes will also be upgraded.
- “Similarly, the PCB chief wants the completion of High Performance Centres in Karachi and Multan, which have been delayed over the years, so that more players can have access to world-class cricketing facilities.”
Meanwhile, former Test cricketer Basit Ali, who is the development head in Zone-I of Sindh and Balochistan, said that the ongoing court proceedings have slowed things down, but a request has been sent to the honourable judges to let cricket run smoothly in the country.