Karachi's prominence among cricket venues in Pakistan has been affected by off-field events.
ENGLAND GAMES IN KARACHI
A bomb explosion prompted New Zealand to abandon a tour in 2002 and only two Test matches have been staged at the National Stadium since then.
England pulled off a famous six-wicket win in Karachi five years ago which sealed their first Test series victory in Pakistan since 1962.
They also chased down a target of 305 to win the one-dayer at the ground.
KARACHI FACTS AND FIGURES (ODIs)
England have a slight edge against Pakistan in limited overs internationals at the National Stadium, having won three out of five past meetings - their two defeats came during the 1987 and 1996 World Cups.
Andrew Flintoff was the star of their five-wicket win in 2000, hitting 84 off 60 balls, but Nasser Hussain, Graeme Hick and Graham Thorpe also made half centuries.
Teams batting second in Karachi appear to have a slight advantage with 15 wins against 12 by the sides batting first.
England skipper Graham Gooch hit 142 off 134 balls during the 1987 one-dayer against Pakistan - but Viv Richards of the West Indies holds the ground record for his 181 off 125 balls against Sri Lanka a month earlier.
England's Robin Smith (75) and Mike Atherton (66) share the ground record for the highest first wicket partnership in a one-dayer - 147 - but Pakistan won the game nine years ago by seven wickets.
Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar produced his best one-day bowling figures of 6-16 against New Zealand in April 2002. Four of his victims were bowled.
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