The Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, on the outskirts of Bangladesh’s coastal town Chittagong, is one of five cricket stadiums which were built in the run-up to the 2004 Under-19 World Cup. Previously the MA Aziz stadium used to be the cricketing hub of the city but since 2006 international cricket has been shifted at this newly built venue after ICC granted Test affiliation to the ground.
So far this venue has hosted 15 Tests, 17 One-Day Internationals (ODI) and 17 T20 Internationals. The ground has a sitting capacity of 22,000. The pitch at this venue always seems to have something for both the bowling and batting units. The stadium is also renowned for its excellent drainage facilities.
In its short history, the ground has already experienced quite a few records in international cricket.
In 2006, Jason Gillespie scored his famous double hundred at this venue.
In 2011 World Cup, Bangladesh defeated England in an ODI for the first time in a nail biting contest. In the same year, the Tigers bowled out West Indies for 61 in a 50-over encounter over here.
In 2013, Bangladesh’s Mominul Haque made his highest individual score against New Zealand in this venue. He scored 181, which is the fifth highest by any Bangladeshi batsmen in Test Cricket.
In that particular Test Sohag Gazi became the world’s only cricketer to take a Hat-trick and hit a ton in the same test. He scored an unbeaten 101 and also registered a six wicket-haul, including a hat-trick.
In 2014, Kumar Sangakkara scored his career best Test score of 319 over here.
Till date, this is the only 300 in international cricket on Bangladeshi soil.
On July 2015, by winning the third ODI Bangladesh for the first time registered a series victory against South Africa over here.
Now the caravan of the Australian series has reached Chittagong. If Mushfiqur Rahim’s team manages to win or draw the second Test against the Aussies, the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium will be the part of a golden chapter of Bangladesh cricket.