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Iqbal Stadium Faisalabad

Iqbal Stadium Faisalabad

india Updated: Oct 02, 2003 18:42 IST

Name: Iqbal Stadium

Also or formerly known as: National Stadium; City Stadium

End names: Pavilion End, Golf Course End

The Iqbal Stadium was the home of public floggings up until recent years and is in an unforgiving city of pollution and heavy traffic.

The ground is a drab concrete bowl but is blessed with that most unusual aspect of Pakistani cricket, namely large crowds for Test matches.

The minaret of a mosque overhangs the scoreboard on one side and the call to prayer during play makes it one of the most atmospheric grounds in the country.

The Iqual groundstaff normally produce a turning pitch with good bounce but one that batsmen can prosper on, but visitors beware!

Faisalabad is a horrible place for touring teams with the late afternoon smog and dust clogging the throat, which allied to the absolute lack of any entertainment at night, makes the city one of the most difficult venues in world cricket today.

First Published: May 09, 2003 20:36 IST