Gaddafi Stadium is an international cricket ground situated near Ferozpur Road and Liberty market Lahore.
To design the Gaddafi Stadium, services of Mr. Naseer-u-din Murat Khan were taken. Mr. Naseer-u-din Murat was a Daghestani Architect and Engineer. He also has the honor to design Minar-e-Pakistan in Lahore. Mian Abdul Khaliq and Company constructed the ground in1959. It is the largest cricket stadium of Pakistan having capacity of around 60,000 people. After its completion, this ground was named Lahore Stadium, later in 1974 the Government of Pakistan gave an honor to former Libyan Leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi for his speech in favor of Pakistan to produce Nuclear Technology in 2nd Organisation of The Islamic Conference in Lahore and changed the name of Lahore Stadium into Gaddafi Stadium.
Head offices of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) are situated in Gaddafi Stadium’s building.This ground has the honor for having 1996’s World Cup final match.In1995/1996 International Cricket Council (ICC) nominated Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka as the host of World Cup 1996 and chosen Qaddafi Staium Lahore for its final, Pakistan decides to renovate the stadium for Finals and Mr. Nayyer Ali dada redesigned the stadium in Mughal style, with red crafted bricks and Mughal Style arches. Mr. Nayyar Ali also changed the seating. The concrete seats were replaced by Plastic ones, the lower portion of stands was converted to shops and offices, where we can now see restaurants, boutiques and offices.
Lahore City Cricket Association manages this ground and Gaddafi Stadium is the first ground in Pakistan having equipped with Flood Lights and its own standby power generator.
On 23rd October 2011 after the death of Colonel Gaddafi, Pakistan cricket Board thought about renaming Gaddafi Stadium to support NTC and Libya as Punjab Olympic Association requested to Chief Minister Punjab to change the name of the stadium but till now Stadium’s name has not been changed.
Qaddafi Stadium has two ends, one is known as Pavilion End and other is known as College End.
First match played in this stadium was a test match between Pakistan and Australia in November 21 to November 26 in which Australia won by 7 wickets on 5th and last day of the Match. Although Pakistan won the toss and Saeed Ahmad from Pakistan played well in both innings of 58 not out & 152 not out respectively, but unfortunately Pakistan lost and Australia won the Series of 3 by 2-0
First One Day International played in this ground was Pakistan VS England in Jan 13 1978 in which Pakistan Won by 36 Runs but lost the series of three, Waseem raja from Pakistan was awarded Man of the Match.
Last Test match on this ground was Pakistan VS Srilanka on 1st to 5th March 2009. The Test match and the series was abandoned following a terrorist attack against the Sri Lankan team as they were on the way to the ground for the third day’s play.
Last One day International on this ground was Pakistan VS Srilanka on January 24th 2009 it was day/night match in which Sri Lanka defeated Pakistan by 234 runs. Sri Lanka made 309 Runs against of which Pakistan’s team got all out in just 75 runs, Man of the Match was TM Dilshaan for his 137 runs in 221 balls.
Hat-Tricks at this ground by Bowlers are Three. 1st one by Peter Petherick from New Zealand against Pakistan on 9th of October 1976. 2nd was done by Waseem Akram from Pakistan against Sri Lanka on 6 march 1999, while the third one was also grabbed by a Pakistani Bowler Muhammad Sami in 2003 Against New Zealand
Pakistani Spectators has experienced some unforgettable flashes on the ground, comprising a fifth-wicket partnership of 281 Runs between Javaid Miandad and Asif Iqbal from Pakistan against New Zealand in 1976, winning by an inning and 324 runs over New Zealand in 2002.
The Stadium was Jam packed when Final of world Cup 1996 was played in Gaddafi Stadium. Around 60,000 spectators witnessed the final between India and Sri Lanka. Having Capacity over 60,000 fans, the attendance was 1000 in tests while 20,000 in One day Internationals. It was the First time when Qaddafi Stadium was receiving such a huge number of cricket lovers around the world to witness the final moments of World cup in which Sri Lanka won over India.
Test Records in Gaddafi Stadium Lahore
- Highest total: 699, made against India in1989 by Pakistan
- Lowest total: 73, made against Pakistan in 2002 by New Zealand
- Highest individual score: 329, made against New Zealand in 2002 by Inzamamul Haq from Pakistan
One Day International records in Gaddafi Stadium
- Highest total: 357/9, By Sri Lanka against Bangladesh in 25th June 2008.
- Lowest total: 75, by Pakistan against Sri Lanka on 22nd of January 2009.
- Highest individual score: 139 Not out, by Ijaz Ahmad of Pakistan against India, on 2nd of October 1997.
T20’s in Gaddafi Stadium
There has not been any International T20 match played at this ground.
- T-20 Cup 2010 Faisal Bank
All the matches of this T20 were played in this stadium and Pakistani audience demonstrated a great deal of interest in the whole tournament. Final match was played between Lahore Lions and Karachi Dolphins in which Lahore lions won under the captaincy of Muhammad Yousuf.
Gaddafi Stadium as Helipad:
It was March 3, 2009 when Sri Lankan Team was moving towards Qaddafi stadium Lahore from its hotel to play a Scheduled 2nd test match between Sri Lanka and Pakistan. Sri Lankan convoy was targeted by terrorists at Liberty Roundabout Near Qaddafi Stadium in which eight Sri Lankan players were injured including Captain Mahela Jaywardene. After this incident, Sri Lankan team was lifted by helicopters from the ground of Qaddafi Stadium and was taken to Allama Iqbal International Airport from where they flew back. By this incident, International cricket departed from Pakistan. PCB is trying to bring back international Cricket in Pakistan and Pakistani spectators are hopeful to enjoy international matches in Gaddafi Stadium again.