Pakistan’s biggest T20 extravaganza PSL is around the corner and it’s quite unfortunate that it’s not taking place in Pakistan. But its hope that runs cricket in Pakistan, so were are hopeful that one day cricket will actually come back home. In order to celebrate some of the most remarkable cricket venues in Pakistan we are listing five significant cricket stadiums in Pakistan which can be ideal venues to host PSL games.
Ayub National Stadium, Quetta
Ayyub National Stadium formerly known as Baluchistan Cricket Association Ground is not just a cricket ground it also serves as the venue for football games. The stadium has capacity to accommodate 20,000 people. This stadium can serve as the home ground of Quetta Gladiators.
Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium
Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium is among the newest cricket stadiums in Pakistan which hosted its first game in 1993 and it was 3rd stadium in Pakistan to have the facility of floodlights. After the renovations of early 2000s now this stadium can hold around 25,000 spectators. Since Islamabad does not have an international standard cricket stadium, Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium can be the home of Islamabad United.
National Stadium, Karachi
National Stadium has the capacity to hold 34,228 spectator. This stadium is witness to many cricket stories, it also holds the significant record of Pakistan not losing a single test match at this venue until 2000 (overall Pakistan has lost only twice in this stadium once in 2000 to England, and then in 2007 to South Africa). The iconic National Stadium is without a doubt a true home ground of Karachi Kings.
Arbab Niaz Stadium, Peshawar
Arbab Niaz Stadium was established in 1984 and hosted its first test match in 1995. The stadium has capacity of 20,000. Interestingly the first ODI played here in 1984 for was Pakistan Vs India and the last time this stadium hosted an international game was again an ODI between Pakistan and India this time in 2006. Arbab Niaz Stadium was also the first one in Pakistan to have digital scoreboard. This is a potential home ground of Peshawar Zalmi.
Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore
The most striking stadium of Pakistan, the largest stadium in Pakistan, and fifth largest stadium in the world Gaddafi Stadium is truly an iconic stadium. It is the only stadium in the world which has hosted final of Hockey World Cup as it was venue for the final of Men’s Hockey World Cup in 1990, and later it hosted final of 1996 Cricket World Cup. It was Pakistan’s first and for many years the only cricket stadium with floodlights facility, it has the capacity of over 27,000. Can there be any better option to be home to Lahore Qalandars?