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Multan Cricket Stadium

Multan Cricket Stadium
MCS
Interior view of the stadium
Ground information
LocationMultan, Punjab, Pakistan
Coordinates30°10′15″N 71°31′29″E / 30.17083°N 71.52472°E / 30.17083; 71.52472
Establishment2001; 23 years ago (2001)
Capacity35,000[1]
OwnerPakistan Cricket Board
OperatorSouthern Punjab Cricket Association
TenantsPakistan national cricket team
Southern Punjab cricket team
Multan Sultans
Multan cricket team
End names
Main Pavilion End
North Pavilion End
International information
First Test29–31 August 2001:
 Pakistan v  Bangladesh
Last Test9–12 December 2022:
 Pakistan v  England
First ODI9 September 2003:
 Pakistan v  Bangladesh
Last ODI30 August 2023:
 Pakistan v    Nepal
As of 30 August 2023
Source: Multan Cricket Stadium, Cricinfo

The Multan Cricket Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium in Multan, Punjab, Pakistan, owned by the Pakistan Cricket Board.[2] The stadium is located off Vehari Road, in the suburbs of Multan. It can host 35,000 spectators.[1] The stadium hosted its first Test match in August 2001, when Pakistan faced Bangladesh in the 2001–02 Asian Test Championship.[3]

The stadium is also able to hold day-night matches with a set of floodlights installed at the venue. 

History

The ground was inaugurated in 2001 as a replacement for the Ibn-e-Qasim Bagh Stadium located at that time in the center of Multan. The first Test match at the stadium took place in August 2001 between Pakistan and Bangladesh, while the first One Day International was held on 9 September 2003 between the same teams. Floodlights were later installed to make day/night cricket matches possible. The first day/night game played here was between arch-rivals India and Pakistan on 16 February 2006.[4]

Return of international cricket

In April 2018, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced that the venue, along with several others in the country, would get a makeover to get them ready for future international matches and fixtures in the Pakistan Super League.[5]

This stadium hosted its first Pakistan Super League match on 26 February 2020 between Multan Sultans and Peshawar Zalmi. This stadium hosted three matches during the 2020 Pakistan Super League. It is the home ground of Mohammad Rizwan-led Multan Sultans.

On 30 May 2022, the PCB announced that Multan Cricket Stadium would host a three match ODI series against the West Indies in June. Multan hosted its first international match in 14 years, with the first ODI against the West Indies on 8 June 2022.[6]

In August 2022, the PCB announced that Multan would serve as one of the venues for the home Test series against England in December 2022.[7]

In 2023 edition of Pakistan Super League Multan hosted 5 matches including opening match between Lahore and Multan.

2023 Asia Cup kicked off on August 30 in Multan with a grand opening ceremony featuring Nepali singer Trishala Guru and Pakistani singer Aima Baig. Marking Pakistan's first hosting in 15 years, the inaugural match saw Pakistan face off against Nepal, setting an exciting tone for Asia's biggest cricket event.[8]

Enclosures

Records

Test

One Day International

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "Multan Cricket Stadium | Pakistan | Cricket Grounds | ESPNcricinfo.com". Cricinfo.
  2. ^ "PCB team to visit Bugti Stadium next week". Pakistan Cricket Board. 19 July 2019. Retrieved 8 June 2022.
  3. ^ "Pakistan ground guide: Multan". 21 October 2005 – via news.bbc.co.uk.
  4. ^ "Full Scorecard of Pakistan vs India 4th ODI 2005/06 - Score Report | ESPNcricinfo.com". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 12 June 2022.
  5. ^ "Pakistan plans makeover for stadiums". International Cricket Council. 17 April 2018. Retrieved 8 June 2022.
  6. ^ "A peak into history of international cricket at MCS". Pakistan Cricket Board. 5 June 2022. Retrieved 8 June 2022.
  7. ^ "England to play Tests in Rawalpindi, Multan and Karachi in December". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 22 August 2022.
  8. ^ "Pakistan bat first against Nepal on 'dry and shiny' Multan pitch". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 30 August 2023.
  9. ^ a b c d e f "Multan all set to host first Test". DAWN.COM. 26 March 2004.
  10. ^ a b "Multan Cricket Stadium Cricket Team Records & Stats | ESPNcricinfo.com". Cricinfo. Retrieved 12 June 2022.
  11. ^ "Full Scorecard of Bangladesh vs Pakistan 3rd Test 2003 - Score Report | ESPNcricinfo.com". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 12 June 2022.
  12. ^ "Multan Cricket Stadium Cricket Team Records & Stats | ESPNcricinfo.com". Cricinfo. Retrieved 12 June 2022.
  13. ^ "Multan Cricket Stadium Cricket Team Records & Stats | ESPNcricinfo.com". Cricinfo. Retrieved 12 June 2022.
  14. ^ "Multan Cricket Stadium Cricket Team Records & Stats | ESPNcricinfo.com". Cricinfo. Retrieved 12 June 2022.
  15. ^ "Multan Cricket Stadium Cricket Team Records & Stats | ESPNcricinfo.com". Cricinfo. Retrieved 12 June 2022.
  16. ^ "Multan Cricket Stadium Cricket Team Records & Stats | ESPNcricinfo.com". Cricinfo. Retrieved 12 June 2022.
  17. ^ a b c d "Multan Cricket Stadium Cricket Team Records & Stats | ESPNcricinfo.com". Cricinfo. Retrieved 12 June 2022.
  18. ^ "Full Scorecard of West Indies vs Pakistan 1st ODI 2022 - Score Report | ESPNcricinfo.com". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 12 June 2022.
  19. ^ "Multan Cricket Stadium Cricket Team Records & Stats | ESPNcricinfo.com". Cricinfo. Retrieved 12 June 2022.
  20. ^ "Multan Cricket Stadium Cricket Team Records & Stats | ESPNcricinfo.com". Cricinfo. Retrieved 12 June 2022.
  21. ^ "Multan Cricket Stadium Cricket Team Records & Stats | ESPNcricinfo.com". Cricinfo. Retrieved 12 June 2022.
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