The Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium (Telugu: లాల్ బహదూర్ శాస్త్రి స్టేడియం) is a cricket stadium in Hyderabad, Telangana. The stadium was originally known as Fateh Maidan and was renamed in 1967 after Lal Bahadur Shastri, India
's former Prime Minister.
Floodlights were introduced in 1992 during the Hero Cup match between the West Indies and Zimbabwe
. The Stadium was the home ground for the Hyderabad cricket team. In 2005, the use of Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium for International cricket was discontinued when Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium
built across town hosted a ODI Match between India and South Africa
. The stadium is now hosting Indian Cricket League matches and is the home ground for the 2008 Edelweiss 20's Challenge winners Hyderabad Heroes.
Lal Bahadur Stadium is situated behind the police control room, between the Nizam College and Public Gardens
in Hyderabad. It is the venue for many national and international sporting events, especially for football and cricket. The stadium was previously known as Fateh Maidan. It has the capacity to seat around 25,000 people. The swimming pool, shopping complex and the indoor stadium are the important aspects of this stadium. The ground has flood light facility.
The ground has flood light facility.Now it is used as the Sports Authority of Telangana State (SATS) .The games there are mainly Cricket and Football. Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium has hosted only three Test matches – all against New Zealand
. Polly Umrigar's double century and Subhash Gupte's 7 wickets in NZ's first innings were the most notable performances of the inaugural Test between these two teams and ended in a draw. In 1988/89, local players Arshad Ayub with seven wickets in the match and Mohammad Azharuddin, who top scored with 81 runs led India to a 10 wicket victory and a 2–1 Series victory.
The first ODI Match was played in the stadium during the 1983/84 season when India hosted Pakistan
and won the match by four wickets. The match between India and Pakistan on 20 March 1987 was a thriller which ended with the scores tied at 212 in 44 overs. India were declared the victors because they lost fewer wickets (six to Pakistan's seven).
In one of the great matches played during the 1987 Cricket World
Cup, David Houghton's 142 fell just short of lifting Zimbabwe to an epic victory. Apart from Houghton and Iain Butchart's 54, all other Zimbabwean batsmen scored single figures as New Zealand won by 3 runs. The Hero Cup encounter (1992) between West Indies and Zimbabwe saw the first day/night match in the stadium. The match was easily won by West Indies. In all, the stadium has hosted seven day/night matches. In the 1996 Cricket World Cup, the West Indies overhauled Zimbabwe's 151 in just 29.3 overs on their way to a semi-final appearance in the tournament.