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Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi

Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi

india Updated: Oct 02, 2003 18:41 IST

Name: Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium

Pitch type: Grass

Capacity: 15000

Floodlights: Yes

End names: Pavilion End, Shell End

Rawalpindi is a city of teeming streets and busy bazaars whose Cricket Stadium was unveiled as a new venue for internationals during the World Cup of 1996.

Karachi staged Pakistan's first Test match and now Rawalpindi becomes the country's 14th Test ground. Perched on the edge of the city of almost four million people and only three miles away from the capital Islamabad, the newly-built ground has seating for 15,000 people.

The ground is perched on the edge of Rawalpindi and only three miles from the capital Islamabad, a purpose-built city began in the 1960s and still being expanded.

Rawalpindi's most famous son is the fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar, who was nicknamed the Rawalpindi Express.

However, after spending any length of time in the city you'll find it hard to believe that anything could be named The Express, with the roads and trains clogged to breaking point.

First Published: Oct 02, 2003 00:00 IST