Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium

Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium
Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium
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Ground information
Location Mirpur, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Establishment 2006
Capacity 26,000
Owner Dhaka Division
Operator Bangladesh, Dhaka Division
Tenants Bangladesh Cricket Team
End names
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International information
First Test 25 May – 27 May 2007: Bangladesh v India
Last Test Oct 29-Nov 2 2011: Bangladesh v West Indies
First ODI 8 Dec 2006: Bangladesh v Zimbabwe
Last ODI Oct 15 2011: Bangladesh v West Indies

Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium or Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium (SBNS) (Bengali: শের-এ-বাংলা জাতীয় ক্রিকেট স্টেডিয়াম), is a cricket ground in Bangladesh's capital Dhaka, located in Mirpur, 10 kilometers away from the city center. It holds 26,000 people and was built in 2006.[1] At first, it was named "Mirpur Stadium", but the Bangladeshi government later renamed it as "Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium" in remembrance of Sher-e-Bangla A. K. Fazlul Huq.[2].In 2006 the home-of-cricket of Bangladesh was shifted to SBNS from Bangabandhu National Stadium. It is home to majority of Bangladesh's first class, test, ODI, twenty20 and women's cricket matches.



The ground is a state of the art stadium, equipped with world class facilities. It is considered one of the best grounds in the subcontinent. The most striking feature of the ground is the modern drainage facility. The ground was originally built for football and athletics and was hence rectangular in shape. To bring it back to a shape suited for cricket, a lot of renovation had to be done, and also the athletics tracks had to be dug up. About three feet of soil was excavated to remove all the red clay. PVC pipes were fit in before filling it up with rock chips and sand and then grass. The slope is nice and even, a difference of 29 inches from the wicket to the boundary. The ground was fitted with floodlights on 2009; it is able to host Day/night cricket matches.

First Test and ODI

The ground hosted its first Test match on on 25th May, 2007 where the home team played India. The first ODI took place in December 8, 2006 where Bangladesh played Zimbabwe.

Cricket World Cup, 2011

See main article: 2011 Cricket World Cup

The stadium hosted 4 group matches and 2 quarter finals during the 2011 Cricket World Cup which took place in 19 February – 2 April, jointly hosted by Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and India. Prior to the tournament, the stadium has undergone radical renovations. A giant screen and an electronic scoreboard had been installed, the traditional sight-screens have been replaced with electronic ones, the flood lights have been improved, a Hover-Cover has been bought from the UK for about $16,000, plastic seats have been installed for the whole ground, a new media center has been built which accommodates about 200 journalists and the dressing rooms have also been given a makeover. Also adjacent to the main ground, a new Cricket Academy has been formed and with it came a whole new training ground, adding to the already existing indoor training facility.

Group matches

19 February 2011 (D/N)
370/4 (50 overs)
v  Bangladesh
283/9 (50 overs)
India won by 87 runs

25 February 2011 (D/N)
205 (49.2 overs)
v  Ireland
178 (45 overs)
Bangladesh won by 27 runs

4 March 2011 (D/N)
58 (18.5 overs)
v  West Indies
59/1 (12.2 overs)
West Indies won by 9 wickets

19 March 2011
South Africa 
284/8 (50 overs)
v  Bangladesh
78 (28 overs)
South Africa won by 206 runs


23 March 2011 (D/N)
West Indies 
112 (43.3 overs)
v  Pakistan
113/0 (20.5 overs)
Pakistan won by 10 wickets

25 March 2011 (D/N)
New Zealand 
221/8 (50 overs)
v  South Africa
172 (43.2 overs)
New Zealand won by 49 runs


See also

List of international cricket centuries at the Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium


External links

Coordinates: 23°48′24.9″N 90°21′48.9″E / 23.806917°N 90.363583°E / 23.806917; 90.363583

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