Chittagong has produced many cricketers, footballers, athletes. Tamim Iqbal, Nafis Iqbal, Akram Khan, Aftab Ahmed, Nazim Uddin, Foysal Hossain, Minhazul Abedin Nannu are some of the most prominent figures among them. Cricket is the most popular sport in Chittagong, while football, tennis, kabaddi are also very popular. A number of stadiums are located in Chittagong with the main stadium being the MA Aziz Stadium. It is one of the most famous cricket grounds in Bangladesh. It has a seating capacity of 20,000 and hosts football matches in addition to cricket. MA Aziz Stadium was the stadium where Bangladesh achieved its first ever Test cricket victory—which came against Zimbabwe in 2005. The stadium now focuses only on football and does not host any cricket matches. Another stadium of Chittagong is the Chittagong Divisional Stadium, currently known as Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, which was awarded Test status in 2006, hosting both domestic and international cricket matches . The city hosted two group matches of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, both of them taking place in Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium . Other stadiums include Women's Complex Ground. One of the major sporting clubs, Mohammedan Sporting Club is based in Chittagong. Abahani Sporting Club is also located here.
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