Nairobi Gymkhana Club is a cricket ground and team in Nairobi, Kenya. It hosted two matches during the 2003 Cricket World Cup. The ground has a capacity of 7,000 people. It is located north of the central business district, but not far from it. The ground is the main cricket venue in the country and the only one which could in any way be described as a major ground.
Forest Road End
|First ODI||28 September 1996:|
Kenya v Sri Lanka
|Last ODI||11 October 2010:|
Kenya v Afghanistan
|First T20I||1 September 2007:|
Kenya v Bangladesh
|Last T20I||30 August 2022:|
Kenya v Nepal
|First WT20I||13 December 2022:|
Kenya v Uganda
|Last WT20I||21 December 2022:|
Kenya v Uganda
The ground is home to a cricket team of the same name, which is one of the oldest cricket clubs in Kenya. Earlier the ground was called Suleman Verjee Indian Gymkhana having been donated by the Suleman Verjee family at a time when no recreational facilities of scale were available to Indians in Kenya. The land was allocated by the Governor of Kenya to the Indian Association in 1927.
The ground is home to one of Kenya’s oldest and most influential clubs, the Gymkhana has hosted colonial and other important matches since the early 1900s but it really began to develop as Kenya became a serious force in world cricket in the 1990s.
It has become the main cricket ground in Kenya and hosts International games for the National team. It was at this ground, that Shahid Afridi scored the (then) fastest ODI century in 1997 from just 37 balls.
Investment in the ground accelerated with ICC grants which enabled it to host the 2000 ICC Champions Trophy although since then it has suffered from a lack on investment resulting from Kenya’s internal problems. The ground itself is a mixture of grass banking and wooden stands, with a modern pavilion on one side and a new media centre, constructed for the 2000 tournament, at one end.
As with many such clubs in Kenya, the Gymkhana is home to a variety of other sports as well as providing comfortable accommodation. Situated almost 5,500 feet above sea level, it is one of the highest first-class grounds.
The Gymkhana club also has an small inside area with a badminton court and further in, an outdoor area with a swimming pool and a restaurant.
Nairobi Gymkhana is situated a 20-minute taxi ride and is about 15 km from the airport. Parking near the ground is limited.
List of Centuries
One Day Internationals
|1||100*||Romesh Kaluwitharana||Sri Lanka||89||2||Kenya||28 September 1996||Won|
|2||124||Daryll Cullinan||South Africa||117||1||Pakistan||29 September 1996||Won|
|3||121||Jonty Rhodes||South Africa||114||1||Pakistan||29 September 1996||Won|
|4||115||Saeed Anwar||Pakistan||120||1||Sri Lanka||4 October 1996||Won|
|5||102||Shahid Afridi||Pakistan||40||1||Sri Lanka||4 October 1996||Won|
|6||122||Aravinda de Silva||Sri Lanka||116||2||Pakistan||4 October 1996||Lost|
|7||118*||Gary Kirsten||South Africa||127||2||Pakistan||6 October 1996||Won|
|8||122||Dipak Chudasama||Kenya||113||1||Bangladesh||10 October 1997||Won|
|9||144||Kennedy Otieno||Kenya||146||1||Bangladesh||10 October 1997||Won|
|10||101*||Lance Klusener||South Africa||105||2||Zimbabwe||28 September 1999||Won|
|11||139||Sourav Ganguly||India||147||1||Zimbabwe||1 October 1999||Won|
|12||132||Avishka Gunawardene||Sri Lanka||146||1||West Indies||4 October 2000||Won|
|13||105*||Saeed Anwar||Pakistan||134||2||Sri Lanka||8 October 2000||Won|
|14||104||Saeed Anwar||Pakistan||115||1||New Zealand||11 October 2000||Lost|
|15||141*||Sourav Ganguly||India||142||1||South Africa||13 October 2000||Won|
|16||117||Sourav Ganguly||India||130||1||New Zealand||15 October 2000||Lost|
|17||102*||Chris Cairns||New Zealand||113||2||India||15 October 2000||Won|
|18||146||Matthew Hayden||Australia||128||1||Pakistan||30 August 2002||Won|
|19||116||Jeremy Bray||Ireland||136||1||Scotland||30 January 2007||Lost|
|20||100||Neil McCallum||Scotland||92||2||Ireland||30 January 2007||Won|
|21||104||Darron Reekers||Netherlands||82||1||Ireland||5 February 2007||Won|
|22||111*||Thomas Odoyo||Kenya||113||2||Canada||18 October 2007||Won|
|23||102||Steve Tikolo||Kenya||99||1||Zimbabwe||19 October 2008||Won|
|24||109*||Ryan ten Doeschate||Netherlands||121||1||Kenya||16 February 2010||Lost|
List of five-wicket hauls
One Day Internationals
|1||Allan Donald||3 October 1996||South Africa||Kenya||2||9||23||6||South Africa won|
|2||Waqar Younis||4 October 1996||Pakistan||Sri Lanka||2||8.5||52||5||Pakistan won|
|3||Aasif Karim||10 October 1997||Kenya||Bangladesh||2||10||33||5||Kenya won|
|4||Sunil Joshi||26 September 1999||India||South Africa||1||10||6||5||India won|
|5||Shayne O’Connor||11 October 2000||New Zealand||Pakistan||1||9.2||46||5||New Zealand won|
|6||Jason Gillespie||30 August 2002[a]||Australia||Pakistan||2||10||22||5||Australia won|
|7||Jason Gillespie||7 September 2002[b]||Australia||Pakistan||1||10||70||5||No result|
|8||Collins Obuya||24 February 2003[d]||Kenya||Sri Lanka||2||10||24||5||Kenya won|
|9||Mashrafe Mortaza||15 August 2006||Bangladesh||Kenya||1||10||26||6||Bangladesh won|
|10||Chris Mpofu||19 October 2008||Zimbabwe||Kenya||1||10||52||6||Kenya won|
|1||Nehemiah Odhiambo||4 February 2010||Kenya||Scotland||1||4||20||5||Kenya won|
|2||Sandeep Lamichhane||29 August 2022||Nepal||Kenya||1||4||9||5||Kenya won|
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