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Gymkhana Club Ground

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Nairobi Gymkhana Club is a cricket ground and team in NairobiKenya. 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.

Ground information
End names
City End
Forest Road End
International information
First ODI28 September 1996:
 Kenya v  Sri Lanka
Last ODI11 October 2010:
 Kenya v  Afghanistan
First T20I1 September 2007:
 Kenya v  Bangladesh
Last T20I30 August 2022:
 Kenya v    Nepal
First WT20I13 December 2022:
 Kenya v  Uganda
Last WT20I21 December 2022:
 Kenya v  Uganda
Team information
East Africa(1958–1986)Kenya(1986–present)


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.

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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.

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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

No.ScorePlayerTeamBallsInns.Opposing teamDateResult
1100*Romesh Kaluwitharana Sri Lanka892 Kenya28 September 1996Won
2124Daryll Cullinan South Africa1171 Pakistan29 September 1996Won
3121Jonty Rhodes South Africa1141 Pakistan29 September 1996Won
4115Saeed Anwar Pakistan1201 Sri Lanka4 October 1996Won
5102Shahid Afridi Pakistan401 Sri Lanka4 October 1996Won
6122Aravinda de Silva Sri Lanka1162 Pakistan4 October 1996Lost[6]
7118*Gary Kirsten South Africa1272 Pakistan6 October 1996Won
8122Dipak Chudasama Kenya1131 Bangladesh10 October 1997Won
9144Kennedy Otieno Kenya1461 Bangladesh10 October 1997Won
10101*Lance Klusener South Africa1052 Zimbabwe28 September 1999Won
11139Sourav Ganguly India1471 Zimbabwe1 October 1999Won
12132Avishka Gunawardene Sri Lanka1461 West Indies4 October 2000Won
13105*Saeed Anwar Pakistan1342 Sri Lanka8 October 2000Won
14104Saeed Anwar Pakistan1151 New Zealand11 October 2000Lost
15141*Sourav Ganguly India1421 South Africa13 October 2000Won
16117Sourav Ganguly India1301 New Zealand15 October 2000Lost
17102*Chris Cairns New Zealand1132 India15 October 2000Won
18146Matthew Hayden Australia1281 Pakistan30 August 2002Won
19116Jeremy Bray Ireland1361 Scotland30 January 2007Lost
20100Neil McCallum Scotland922 Ireland30 January 2007Won
21104Darron Reekers Netherlands821 Ireland5 February 2007Won
22111*Thomas Odoyo Kenya1132 Canada18 October 2007Won[19]
23102Steve Tikolo Kenya991 Zimbabwe19 October 2008Won[20]
24109*Ryan ten Doeschate Netherlands1211 Kenya16 February 2010Lost[21]

List of five-wicket hauls

One Day Internationals

No.BowlerDateTeamOpposing TeamInnORWResult
1Allan Donald3 October 1996 South Africa Kenya29236South Africa won
2Waqar Younis4 October 1996 Pakistan Sri Lanka28.5525Pakistan won
3Aasif Karim10 October 1997 Kenya Bangladesh210335Kenya won
4Sunil Joshi26 September 1999 India South Africa11065India won
5Shayne O’Connor11 October 2000 New Zealand Pakistan19.2465New Zealand won
6Jason Gillespie30 August 2002[a] Australia Pakistan210225Australia won
7Jason Gillespie7 September 2002[b] Australia Pakistan110705No result
8Collins Obuya24 February 2003[d] Kenya Sri Lanka210245Kenya won
9Mashrafe Mortaza15 August 2006 Bangladesh Kenya110266Bangladesh won
10Chris Mpofu19 October 2008 Zimbabwe Kenya110526Kenya won

Twenty20 Internationals[edit]

No.BowlerDateTeamOpposing TeamInnORWResult
1Nehemiah Odhiambo4 February 2010 Kenya Scotland14205Kenya won
2Sandeep Lamichhane29 August 2022   Nepal Kenya1495Kenya won
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