February 23, 2024
sharjah cricket stadium

Sharjah cricket stadium

Sharjah Cricket Stadium is in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. It holds the record for most ODI matches held at a single venue with 240 ODI matches as of December 2019. It was originally built in the early 1980s and has been greatly improved over the years. It hosted its first international matches in the Asia Cup in April 1984. The stadium was one of the dedicated venues for the 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.

In 2010, at the behest of local cricket patron Abdul Rehman Bukhari, the Sharjah Cricket Stadium became the home ground of the Afghanistan cricket team for One Day International and first-class matches. In 2016, Afghanistan changed its home ground to the Greater Noida Sports Complex Ground in Noida, India. Multan Sultans and Quetta Gladiators used Sharjah Cricket Stadium for most of their home games in the recent PSL season.

Test matches

Sharjah Cricket Stadium is one of the few Test cricket grounds where a Test match has been played that does not include participants from the home country (and the only one in a non-Test playing country). Sharjah was the venue for four Test matches in 2002. The ground was chosen as the neutral venue to host the two Test matches between Pakistan and the West Indies in February and the 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. Other games in the series were played at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi and the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

One Day Internationals

Between 1984 and 2003, Sharjah Ground was the venue for 206 One Day Internationals [4] organized as part of a commercially sponsored one-day tournament involving three or four international teams. Sharjah was a popular destination attracting a good crowd from the South Asian population of the United Arab Emirates. The tournaments were organized by “The Cricketers Benefit Fund Series (CBFS)”, which was founded in 1981 by Abdul Rehman Bukhari, and whose main objective is to recognize the past and present generations of cricketers from India and Pakistan with a profit purse. was to be honored. For his services to the game of cricket. The stadium initially started out with some limited seats and very modest amenities, but by 2002 it had a 17,000 capacity and floodlights.

Since 2003 the increasingly crowded cricket calendar has prevented any major international matches from being held in Sharjah, although the stadium has been the venue for some other matches, for example in the 2004 ICC Intercontinental Cup. It has also been used by the Afghanistan national team since 2010. In 2011, the Guinness Book of Records recorded Sharjah Stadium as hosting the largest number of ODI matches. As of December 2019, 240 ODIs had been played at the ground.

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