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Azad Maidan (formerly known as Bombay Gymkhana Maidan) is a triangular-shaped maidan (sports ground) in MumbaiIndia. It is roughly spread over 25 acres near the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus station. It is a regular venue for inter-school cricket matches. The name Azad means "liberty" in Persian. The ground is known for its cricket pitches, for protest meetings and for political rallies.The Bombay Gymkhana clubhouse was built in 1875, at the southern end of the maidan.

History

The vast expanses of land of the Oval Maidan, Azad Maidan, Cooperage Ground and Cross Maidan until the early 20th century formed the area known as Esplanade.

Mahatma Gandhi addressed the largest ever political meeting at Azad Maidan in December 1931.

In April 2014, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) wrote to the state department of school education and sports requesting about 2,000 sq metres (0.5 acre) of Azad Maidan on a temporary basis for construction of the proposed Line 3 of the Mumbai Metro. The MMRDA had leased out a few pitches on that land for sports, for which alternative arrangements will be made. The metro will occupy about 200-300 sq metres of the ground for station landings and staircases.

CricketEdit

The ground hosts twenty-two cricket pitches. The cricket pitches at the ground have produced many international cricketers. On 20 November 2013, Prithvi Shaw created history with 546 runs and in 1987 Sachin Tendulkarand Vinod Kambli shared a 664 run record partnership during a Harris Shield school match at Azad Maidan.

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