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Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium


Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium

The Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium (Arabic:لشارقة جمعية ملعب الكريكيت); popularly known as Sharjah Cricket Stadium, is in the emirate of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. It was originally constructed in the early 1980s and has been much improved over the years.[1] In 2010, at the behest of local cricketing patron Abdul Rahman Bukhatir, the Sharjah Cricket Stadium became the home ground for the Afghanistan cricket team for One Day International and First-Class matches.[2]

Test matches

One of the few Test Cricket Grounds at which a Test match has been played not involving a home country participant (and the only one in a non-Test playing country) Sharjah was the venue for four Test matches in 2002. Because of security and safety concerns in Pakistan and its aftermath) the ground was chosen as a neutral venue to host two Test matches between Pakistan and the West Indies in February and two Test matches between Pakistan and Australia in October.

The fifth Test match held at the ground took place in November 2011, as the third Test between Sri Lanka and Pakistan. The other games in the series were played at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi and Dubai International Cricket Stadium.[3]

One Day Internationals

Between 1984 and 2003 the Sharjah ground was the venue for 206

Since 2003 the increasingly crowded cricket calendar has precluded the holding of any major international matches at Sharjah although the stadium has been the venue for certain other matches, for example in the 2004 ICC Intercontinental Cup and in the 2014 Indian Premier League. It has also been used by the Afghanistan national team since 2010. A significant reason for the decline of Sharjah as an international cricketing venue is match fixing allegations. This led to the Indian government banning the national cricket team from playing at Sharjah. Since then, the new 20,000 seat Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi has become the preferred venue for cricket in the UAE.[1] The Guinness Book of Records[4] acknowledged the achievement of Sharjah cricket stadium for hosting the most number of one-day matches during the Pakistan and Sri Lanka encounter on Sunday 20 November 2011.


Match fixing

Sharjah was the centre of Sir Asif Iqbal denied this strongly:”To my mind, all the matches in Sharjah were fair and honest cricketing encounters”.[6]

See also


  1. ^ a b Cricinfo: Sharjah Stadium Profile, Retrieved 23 August 2010.
  2. ^ a b Cricinfo: Sharjah named Afghanistan's new home ground, Retrieved 23 August 2010.
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  5. ^ BBC Sport: J.Agnew Report, Retrieved 23 August 2010
  6. ^ Rediff: Asif Iqbal Interview, Retrieved 23 August 2010
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