Sharjah Cricket Ground is located in Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. It was established in 1982. This stadium has hosted many international events such as t20 world cup, Asian world cup, IPL etc. Sharjah ties the record for hosting the most international matches with Sydney Cricket Ground.
Sharjah Cricket Ground has written its name in the history books.
Let’s review the history of Sharjah Cricket Ground and the type of matches it has hosted internationally. In 2010, the Afghanistan Cricket Board made Sharjah Cricket Ground its home ground for one-day internationals and premier class cricket. Some Pakistani Super League matches are hosted here. Teams like Multan Sultans and Quetta Gladiators have made this ground their home. The cricket stadium also hosted the inaugural edition of the T10 cricket league, which is a 90-minute cricket league from 14 to 17 December 2017 featuring several international cricketers. It also hosted the 2018 Blind Cricket World Cup Finals. It also hosted the 2004 ICC Intercontinental Cup. Sharjah has hosted the Indian Premier League 3 times, 2014 (during the general election), 2020 and 2021 (due to Covid 19).
Sharjah Cricket Ground has acted as a neutral venue on a few occasions.
The cricket ground has been chosen as a neutral venue by some nations like Afghanistan and Pakistan at times. Before the construction of the stadiums, Afghanistan used this ground as its home ground. Later in 2016, Afghanistan moved their home ground to Noida Cricket Complex, New Delhi. Due to security and national issues, Pakistan made this ground as their home ground and international matches were played by Pakistan here.
The Sharjah record
Sharjah Cricket Ground equals Sydney cricket ground , Australia by hosting the maximum number of international matches. The test of January 31, 2002, Pakistan vs West Indies. First in 1984, Pakistan vs Sri Lanka. First t20i 2013, Afghanistan vs Scotland. Between 1984 and 2003, the Sharjah ground hosted 206 one-day internationals. In 2011, the Guinness Book of World Records recorded the stadium in Sharjah as hosting the most single-day matches. This has increased the cricket craze in the UAE. It also financed a lot and helped the country to develop economically. Once upon a time there was a deserted land and was useless. But cricket lover like Abdul Rahman Bukhatir and UAE business minds have changed the fate of these arid lands. Now it generates millions of money and also increases tourism by hosting a large number of international matches.
Some players register in Sharjah
- On November 24, 2013, Samiullah Shinwari won five wickets against Kenya.
- On October 25, 2021 Mujeeb Ur Rahman won five wickets against Scotland.
- On November 6, 2021, Kagiso Rabada scored a hat-trick against England in a super 12 match of the 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup
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