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By Najum Latif

The Lahore Gymkhana Cricket Club at the Bagh-e-Jinnah (formerly Lawrence Garden), is the 2nd oldest cricket ground of the Indian sub-continent, after Eden Garden at Kolkata. Established in 1880, it has completed 127 years of its existence.

The game of cricket was introduced in the Indian sub-continent in the nineteenth century. In the early days of the British rule cricket was confined to the cantonments where the troops led by their officers played among themselves for recreation. Gradually it began to attract notice of the indigenous people and it began to be played in schools and colleges.

The Lahore Gymkhana Cricket Club (LGCC) is the largest and the oldest Sports Club in Pakistan in terms of membership and its various activities. It was founded on May 1, 1878 and was then known as the Lahore and Mian Mir Institute and was housed in Lawrence and Montgomery Halls situated in the leafy Lawrence Garden which is now known as Bagh-e-Jinnah. Cricket began to be played here in 1880 and regular matches and weekly games were played on this ground from 1885 onwards. The Pavilion was designed by G. Stone and was built by Bhai Ram Singh. The first turf wickets were laid here in 1883 with imported dirt from Worcestershire. The Club changed its name to Lahore Gymkhana on January 23, 1906....


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