The National Stadium is the largest cricket stadium in Pakistan, with a capacity of 34,228. The ground opened in 1955 and now serves as the home of the Karachi Kings, who compete in the Pakistan Super League and the Sindh cricket team as well as hosting all formats of the game for the Pakistan national team.
The inaugural match in the stadium was a test match between Pakistan and India between the 20th and 24th April 1955, with the match finishing in a draw. The ground became something of a fortress for Pakistan in test cricket, not losing in 34 matches up until 2000 when England defeated them in a match remembered for finishing in almost darkness.
The first One Day International took place on the 21st November 1980 between Pakistan and West Indies, going down to the last ball as Gordon Greenidge hit Imran Khan for a four with three required. The ground hosted three group matches at the 1987 Cricket World Cup and two group matches and a quarter-final at the 1996 Cricket World Cup.
No major cricket match was played at the National Stadium from 2009 to 2018, following an attack on the Sri Lanka cricket team in Lahore which resulted in many teams refusing to visit the country.
Tenants: Sindh cricket team & Karachi Kings
Location & Travel to National Stadium
The National Stadium is located in the neighbourhood of Gulshan-e-Iqbal in the Karachi East district, approximately 10 from central Karachi in the province of Sindh.
Airport – Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport is the busiest airport in Pakistan and offers flights across Asia, Europe and North America. The airport is located 13 kilometres from the stadium and approximately 20 kilometres from central Karachi.
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Train – The major railway stations in Karachi are Karachi City Station and Karachi Cantonment Railway Station, which connects the city with the rest of the country. City Station is 14 kilometres from the stadium whilst Cantonment Station is 12 kilometres away.