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Punjab Cricket Association Stadium
|End names||City End and Pavilion End|
|Home team||Punjab Cricket Team and Kings XI Punjab|
|Owner||Punjab Cricket Association|
|Tenants||Kings XI Punjab (2008 – present) and Punjab Cricket Team (1993 – present)|
|First Test||India V West Indies; 10th Dec – 14th Dec 1994|
|Last Test||India V Australia; 14th March – 18th March 2013|
|First ODI||India V West Indies; 22nd Nov 1993|
|Last ODI||India V England; 23rd Jan 2013|
|Domestic team||Punjab Cricket Team|
Established in 1993, Punjab Cricket Association Stadium is truly a state of the art or world-class cricket venue that has excellent practice facilities, ample provisions for media and spectator friendly outlook. With an impeccable reputation, the pitch of this stadium is player friendly. With a span of three years, the construction of this stadium took nearly 25 crore INR. The stadium boosts of 45,000 capacity and perfect floodlights that facilitate day and night international matches.
This stadium is 19th in number while a comparatively new Test cricket venue in India. The stadium was inaugurated with Hero Cup Series 1993, where India played against South Africa. Though the pitch of this ground was much favorable for pace bowlers, however in the last few years, it has slowed down the pace while has helped the spin bowlers.
Set up in 1993, the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium was designed by Ar. Sufyan Ahmad. For the complete construction of the stadium, it took 3 years. Home ground of Kings XI Punjab Team, this stadium is truly one of the renowned stadiums in India. The stadium was inaugurated with an ODI match that took place between South Africa and India. This match was a part of the Hero Cup Series that was held on Nov 22nd, 1993. To make this stadium match international standards, nearly 25 crore INR were spent.
The first test cricket match at this stadium was between India and West Indies which took place on 10th Nov 1994. The most thrilling match that was held on this ground was the World Cup Match (semi-final) encountering West Indies and Australia in 1996. Till now PCS has hosted three matches of World Cup 2011, which includes the nail biting semi final match that was played between India and Pakistan, where India finally won the match. This match was attended by Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani.
How to Reach
Punjab Cricket Association Stadium is conveniently located in the heart of Mohali, at a distance of just 1.8 kms from the main bus stand of this town. Situated in sector 63, this stadium is located on Sukhna Path Road. Assorted auto rickshaws, cars, and taxis are available at economical fare, helping you reach this stadium from any corner of the three cities – Panckula, Chandigarh, and Mohali.
There are six stands at this stadium, of which all are equipped with comfortable seats that are properly numbered.
The stadium is committed to offering world class facilities so that the spectators can enjoy watching the match. Capacity of respective stands is AC Lounge – 600, Pavilion Terrace – 2580, PPC Members Block – 5400, Chair Block – 9339, VIP Block – 5439, North Pavilion – 600, Student Block – 2500, and Press Box – 120 print media and 30 news channel.
Noted Events at Punjab Cricket Association Stadium
Some noted events at this stadium are listed below:
- Total 21 ODIs have been played at this stadium
- 8 matches won by the home team
- 4 matches won by away teams
- Neutral team wins – 9
- Not even a single match at this stadium has ever resulted in draw
- The most successful teams at this stadium is India with 8 wins
The average innings score at this stadium – 240 with Sachin Tendulkar being the most prolific batsmen scoring 366 runs.
The pitch of Punjab Cricket Association Stadium has changed its complexion incredibly over the past five years, becoming a pitch that now produces high-scoring draws. In 2009, a major fire broke out at this stadium, which started from main AC room while extended to media gallery. This called for urgent renovation even though not much was damaged. With the recent renovation project sanctioned, the association promises of better facilities. Better canteen and staying facilities have also been promised owning to the fact that this stadium is a host to number of ODI and test cricket matches.