Today, we will discuss almost everything about the Multan Cricket Stadium. From its history to facts, statistics and all domestic and international matches played on this ground.
It is important to mention that international cricket in Pakistan was halted badly in 2009 when the Sri Lankan Cricket team bus was attacked by terrorists on the morning of the 2nd Test between the two teams.
Since then, international cricket was unofficially banned from Pakistan as teams and different boards across the world were not willing to send their teams to Pakistan. As a result, the Multan Cricket Stadium and a few other venues in Pakistan were left empty.
However, the good news is that things are moving in the right direction finally and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has managed to bring international cricket back to the country in the last couple of years. With South Africa confirming their first official tour to Pakistan since 2007, the fans back home are in for some action-packed season of home cricket.
History of Multan Cricket Stadium:
If we talk about the history of the Multan Cricket Stadium then we’d get to know that this beautiful venue was first inaugurated in the year early 2001 as a replacement for Ibne-Qasim Bagh stadium located in the same city.
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We can safely say that the Multan Cricket Stadium is one of the most multi-purpose stadiums in Pakistan and it is owned by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). The stadium is situated in the suburbs of Multan at Vehari Road.
With a capacity of more than 30,000 spectators, the Multan Cricket Stadium is one of Pakistan’s largest cricketing venues. The first Test match in Multan Cricket Stadium was played in the year 2001 when Bangladesh toured the country for Asian Test Championship. So far, Multan has hosted both One-Day internationals and Test matches.
This venue hosted its first day and night match between Pakistan and India and recently in April 2018, the PCB started the renovation of this stadium to make it available for future international series’ and matches of the much-anticipated and glitzy Pakistan Super League (PSL).
The recently concluded ODI series between Pakistan and Zimbabwe was scheduled to be held at the Multan Cricket Stadium but, due to smog in the Southern areas of Punjab, both T20 and ODI series was played at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium.
The Multan Cricket Stadium hosted its first Pakistan Super League (PSL) encounter in February 2020 when the hosts Multan Sultans took on the PSL 2017 champions Peshawar Zalmi. The Stadium also hosted a few other matches of Multan Sultans and there were other teams involved in playing on this ground as well.
In 2005, the English Cricket team was on the tour of Pakistan and they played a fascinating Test match here at the Multan Cricket Stadium which Pakistan eventually won after a brilliant spell of bowling from Shoaib Akhtar, Mohammad Sami and Danish Kaneria.
England needed to chase less than 200 on the last day when the magic happened for Pakistan and this ground has also hosted some of the most iconic matches in the history of Pakistan Cricket.
The city of Multan has also produced some world-class cricketers such as Pakistan’s former captain Inzamam ul Haq. Middle-order batsman Sohaib Maqsood is also from Multan whereas fast bowlers Mohammad Irfan and Rahat Ali also belong to this part of the country.
The facility of floodlights is available in the Multan Cricket Stadium whereas this particular ground has two different stands that are Main Pavilion End and North Pavilion End.
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The first Test match played here between Pakistan & Bangladesh started on the 29th of August 2001 whereas the first-ever One-Day international match on the Multan Cricket Stadium was played on the 9th of September 2003 between the same teams.
South Africa’s Rilee Rossouw struck a magnificent ton at the Multan Cricket Stadium in the recently concluded Pakistan Super League (PSL) while playing for Multan Sultans against his former franchise Quetta Gladiators.
Multan Cricket Stadium Facts:
The Multan Cricket Stadium has so far been host to five Test matches since 1995 when Pakistan first played against Bangladesh. The beautiful venue in Southern Punjab has also hosted seven ODIs and the first ODI match was played in 2003.
Former Pakistan opening batsman Saeed Anwar became the first Test centurion on this ground when he smacked a brilliant 101 against Bangladesh in 2001. Overall, 13 Test centuries have been scored on this particular ground and Virender Sehwag’s 309 against Pakistan remains to be the highest ever individual Test score made on this ground ever.
The Multan Cricket Stadium has produced four ODI centurions so far and the first one was a Pakistani when the former opening batsman Yasir Hameed hammered 116 against Bangladesh in 2003. It is also the highest individual ODI score on this ground.
There have been some exceptional bowling performances as well on the soil of Multan Cricket Stadium and Pakistan’s legendary leg-spinner Danish Kaneria holds the record of taking the first five-wicket haul on this ground in Test matches against England in 2005.
He took a match-winning five-for in the Multan Test played against England and so far, no other bowler has taken more than one five-for on this ground except Kaneria. If we talk about ODIs and T20Is, nobody has taken a five-for on the Multan Cricket Stadium when it comes to the shortest format of the game.
Multan Cricket Stadium Records:
These were some of the intricate details about the Multan Cricket Stadium. Now, we’re going to take a look at some of the cricketing records held by different players and teams across the globe.
As discussed earlier, the Multan Cricket Stadium has hosted a total of five Test matches so far and two of them have been won by the teams batting first. The same number of matches is won by the teams bowling first. If we look at the average first innings score in a Test match at the Multan Cricket Stadium then it is 344.
The numbers go higher when the teams bat second as the average second innings total is 427 on this beautiful ground located in Southern Punjab, Pakistan.
The average score in the third innings of a Test match at the Multan Cricket Stadium is 264 whereas the average fourth innings score in a Test match at this particular venue is 218.
If we talk about the highest Test match total by a team on this ground then this record is with India when they scored 675-5 against Pakistan in the 1st Test match of the series. On the other side, the lowest total recorded on this venue is 134 and it was scored by Bangladesh against Pakistan.
A total of seven ODI matches have been played on the Multan Cricket Stadium so far and teams batting first have won three out of them. Four victories came while batting second on this ground when we talk about ODI matches and the average first innings total at the Multan Cricket Stadium in ODIs is 242.
The second innings average total on this ground is 198 whereas the highest total recorded on this venue is 323-3 by Pakistan against Bangladesh. The lowest team total on this ground is 148-10 and it was scored by Zimbabwe against Pakistan. The highest ever ODI score chased on the Multan Cricket Stadium is 233-3 by South Africa against Pakistan. The lowest score defended on this venue is 279 and it was done by Pakistan against Zimbabwe.
When we talk about the top three run-getters on the Multan Cricket Stadium in Test matches then Pakistan’s legendary middle-order batsman Mohammad Yousaf tops the list with 517 runs in 4 Test matches at an average of 86. He scored these runs between 2001 and 2006.
The second-best batsman on the Multan Cricket Stadium is the legendary Inzamam ul Haq who has 496 runs to his name in five Test matches at an average of 70. The third best batsman on this ground is Virender Sehwag as he scored 309 runs in a single innings against Pakistan.
In ODIs, Yasir Hameed is the top run-getter on this ground with 197 runs in four ODI matches that included one century and one half-century. Hameed is followed by Inzamam and Younis Khan with 178 and 151 runs respectively.
Former Pakistan leg-spinner Danish Kaneria has the most number of wickets in Test matches on the Multan Cricket Stadium. He took 22 scalps on this ground followed by Shabbir Ahmed (12) and Umar Gul (9).
Former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik, Shahid Afridi and Abdul Razzaq are the top 3 wicket-takers on the Multan Cricket Stadium when it comes to ODI matches. Malik (6), Afridi (6) and Razzaq have (5) wickets to their name.
If we talk about the best catcher on this ground then Pakistan’s former captain Younis Khan has taken five catches in three Test matches so far on this ground and he tops the list of most catches in Test matches on this venue.
He’s followed by Marcus Trescothick of England with four catches in just a single game and DJ Bravo of West Indies sits at no.3 with three catches in one Test.
Chris Gayle is the most successful catcher in ODIs on the Multan Cricket Stadium having taken three catches in one match.
Misbah ul Haq has also taken three catches on this ground in three ODIs whereas CJ Chibhabha of Zimbabwe sits at no.3 spot on the list of most catches taken at the Multan Cricket Stadium in ODIs. Chibhabha has taken two catches in just a single ODI game that he played here in 2008.