The stadium, named after AK Fazlul Haque - the country's renowned leader, was established in 2006. It hosted the opening match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 and also two quarter-final matches in tournament.
The first official match played here was the ODI between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe in December 2008 and the ground was granted Test venue status in 2007.
The stadium, which has a seating capacity of 25,000, originally started off as a football venue in the late 1980s. Then known as National Stadium 2, the ground held its first competitive fixture in 1987 when popular Dhaka club Mohammedan Sporting took on Sri Lanka's Sanders in an Asian Club Championship fixture. The venue held top level football competitions until 2004-2005 before it was formally taken over by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB).
Located in a relatively hustle and bustle free area of Mirpur, a suburb of Dhaka, the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium is being developed as the future home of Bangladesh cricket. Once finished it will be one of the top cricket grounds in the world accommodating some 26,000 spectators. The coliseum-like feel, even when empty, promises a spectacular atmosphere when this ground stages a game packed to the rafters.
There are eight pitches here, all relatively new because the ground hosted its first international match only in December 2006 when Bangladesh took on Zimbabwe in an ODI.
The media block at the SBNS is one of the most eye-catching structures of the venue which gives the impression of a spaceship suspended in air. The drainage system of SBNS can be compared to any top international venue. The outfield at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium is sand based and the water goes straight down and play can re-start quickly even after a heavy shower.
Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium
|Club House Stand:||6,344|
|Pavilion Hospitality Box:||242|
|Southern Corporate Box:||268|