National Stadium Karachi is barren of any international activity ever since its last hosted test match against Sri Lanka back in 2009.
In the third edition of Pakistan super league, finally, NSK got some attention and it’s getting renovated to host four matches including the final of PSL-3 in February next year.
The stadium was established on 21 April 1955 and is able to hold 40,000 spectators. It is the largest cricket stadium in Pakistan.
Since its establishment, the stadium was last repaired for the 1996 World Cup and it is now getting renovated after decades. Pakistan cricket board has given the contract to the National Engineering Services Pakistan (NESPAK) with the allocated budget of around Rs1.5 billion.
The revamping has already been started and it will be completed soon. Bowlers will bowl on the newly made pitches, players will field on the new grass and stands are going get new seats.
Sources have told that it will take a year to complete the work, though there is a lot of work to be done but, they will get the stadium ready in four months for PSL.
“Despite National Stadium is the most successful home ground of the Pakistan cricket team, and famous for producing some of the most exciting Tests and ODIs, it also has a history of experiencing the largest number of riots and disturbances during matches.
Pakistan has played more than half of its Tests in Pakistan on this ground. Once the National Stadium was known as ‘Pakistan’s cricket fortress.’
The Pakistan team have a remarkable test record at the ground, having only lost twice (vs. England, December 2000–01, and South Africa, October 2007–08) and have won 21 times in 40 Test Matches and in over 50 years.
The stadium has witnessed several memorable moments, such as Viv Richards 181 against Sri Lanka at the 1987 World Cup, Mohammad Yousuf’s record ninth century of the year to break Viv Richards record of most runs in a calendar year, and Kamran Akmal’s famous century against India on a very difficult pitch in 2006, after Pakistan had collapsed to 39 for 6, as part of a memorable come-from-behind victory.
Furthermore, the living legends Waqar Younis and Sachin Tendulkar played their first test match in this stadium.
National Stadium is also famous for offering swing to quick bowlers. Experts believe this is due to the steady sea-breeze which often blows across the stadium.”
After waiting for so long, Karachiites are extremely excited to see live cricket action again at this historical venue.