Gaddafi Stadium, Capacity, History, & Records

gaddafi stadium

This is a cricket stadium which is situated in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan. The Pakistan Cricket Board is the owner of this venue, it is also known as “Lahore Stadium”. It has a capacity of 27,000 and is Pakistan’s 4th largest cricket ground. 

Gaddafi Stadium is the home ground of The Lahore Qalandars & Pakistan National Cricket Team. This was the first venue where advanced floodlights in Pakistan were installed and also has backup power generators.

Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore Details

Also Known As Lahore Stadium
Owners Pakistan Cricket Board
Capacity 27,000
Established 1959
Location Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
Tenants Pakistan Cricket Team
Punjab Cricket Team
Lahore Qalandars
Highest Attendance 62,645 (in the 1996 Cricket World Cup Final)
Coordinates 31°30′48″N 74°20′0″E

Gaddafi Stadium History


Nasreddin Murat-Khan, a Pakistani architect and engineer of Russian descent, created the model, and Mian Abdul Khaliq & Company built it in 1959. When it hosted the final of the 1996 Cricket World Cup, the stadium underwent renovations.

Stadium Rename 

The stadium was renamed in Muammar Gaddafi’s memory in 1974 after he spoke in favor of Pakistan’s right to build nuclear weapons at the second Conference of the Islamic Council conference in Lahore.

To support the newly elected government in Libya, the PCB contemplated renaming the stadium on 23 Oct 2011, after Gaddafi’s death.

In the latter part of October 2011, the Punjab Olympic Association wrote to the state prime minister with a similar comment.

Redesign The Stadium

For the 1996 Cricket World Cup, designer Nayyar Ali Dada, who graduated from the National College of Arts, refurbished the Gaddafi Ground from 1995 to 1996. Arches and crimson, hand-laid stonework were used in Dada’s renovation. Moreover, Dada had seats made out of plastic to replace the old concrete ones.

So under seats, the lower area was closed and made into stores with boutiques and workplaces. The largest cricket venue in Pakistan, Gaddafi venue, was originally able to hold 65,250 spectators, but the layout of its fences cut that number to just 20,000.

Cricket Background

Domestic cricket

On 5 Mar 2017,  The first PSL match and final took place in this venue. PCB chose to host two games of the PSL 2018 in Pakistan following the success of hosting the final.

On September 2009, It was chosen by the PCB as one of the locations for matches of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy for the 2020 season. 

International Cricket

Test series played vs England were impacted by disturbances in 1968 and 1977.

In 1976, For playing Pakistan Peter Petherick of New Zealand scored the first of his 3 hat-tricks there. Wasim Akram n took the 2nd one on 6 Mar 1999, against Sri Lanka, and also Mohammad Sami took the third one.

The 5th-wicket stand of 281 between Javed Miandad and Asif Iqbal against New Zealand in 1976. In 2002, the 324-run victory over New Zealand.

Sri Lanka Cricket Team Attack

Armed militants ambushed the Sri Lankan team’s van close to Gaddafi Stadium, on 3 Mar 2009, the 3rd scheduled day of the 2nd Test of Sri Lanka’s 2008-09 tour of Pakistan.

Mahela Jayawardene, the captain of Sri Lanka, was among the 8 injured athletes. The Sri Lankan team was airlifted back to their own country from a nearby airbase after leaving Gaddafi’s ground.

Gaddafi Stadium Boundary Length & Location

The stadium’s fundamental form is round, with a circumference of around 260 meters. Gaddafi Stadium’s perimeter measures approximately 75–80 meters from the center of the field.

But, based on the type of cricket played here, it may be reduced or expanded. The Gaddafi stadium in Lahore may be reached on foot from the Ferozpur road by going to Hafeez Kardar Rd, Block E 2 Gulberg III. 

Gaddafi Venue Pitch Report

The Gaddafi Stadium’s playing surface changes from game to game. For example, some games have a flat, grass-free surface to aid batsmen, while other times it may be a little grassy to help bowlers.

Gaddafi Ground Enclosures and Stands

In the Gaddafi field, there are 12 enclosures, each of which is identified by a specific color, and most of which bear the name of a legendary Pakistani cricketer.

Gaddafi Ground Enclosures and Stands

  • Brothers Enclosure
  • Fazal Mahmood Enclosure
  • Hanif Mohammad Enclosure
  • Imran Khan Enclosure
  • Intikhab Alam enclosure
  • Iqbal Qasim enclosure
  • Majid Khan Enclosure
  • Nasimul Ghani Enclosure
  • Waqar Hasan Enclosure
  • Wasim Akram Enclosure
  • Wasim Bari Enclosure
  • Zaheer Abbas Enclosure


Year Record Score Team Against
1989 Highest team total 699/5 Pakistan India
2002 Lowest team total 73 New Zealand Pakistan
2002 Highest individual score 329 Inzamam-ul-Haq New Zealand
2015 Highest team total 375/3 Pakistan Zimbabwe
2009 Lowest team total 75 Pakistan Sri Lanka
1997 Highest individual score 139 Ijaz Ahmed India
2022 Highest team total 209/3 England Pakistan
2019 Lowest team total 101 Pakistan Sri Lanka
2021 Highest individual score 104 Mohammad Rizwan South Africa
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