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Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium

 

Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium

Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium
ملعب الكريكيت الشيخ زايد
Ground information
Location Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Coordinates
Establishment 2004
Capacity 20,000
Owner Private
Architect Unknown
Operator Pakistan Cricket Board
Tenants Pakistan national cricket team
End names
North End
Pavilion End
International information
First Test 20–24 November 2010: Pakistan v South Africa
Last Test 13–17 October 2015: Pakistan v England
First ODI 18 April 2006: Pakistan v India
Last ODI 14 January 2015: Afghanistan v Scotland
First T20I 10 February 2010: Afghanistan v Scotland
Last T20I 30 November 2013: Afghanistan v Ireland
As of 17 October 2015
Source: ESPNcricinfo

The Sheikh Zayed Stadium (Arabic: ملعب الكريكيت الشيخ زايد‎) is a cricket ground located in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The stadium cost $22 million to build and is one of the world's newest cricket grounds.[1] It was opened in May 2004, and its inaugural first-class match was an Intercontinental Cup fixture between Scotland and Kenya in November 2004.

The stadium is dominated by two large stands at either end, with the areas square of wicket offering grass banks for additional spectator seating.

International Fixtures

IPL (Indian Premier League)

The first half of the 2014 Indian Premier League was held at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium and Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium. Many people from around the world came to enjoy the entertaining cricket games that were on display.

Friendship Series (Pakistan vs India)

Back-to back charity matches between rivals, Pakistan and India, in April 2006 were one of the stadium's most memorable events - as the two nations put aside their differences, to support the 2005 Pakistan earthquake victims. The series was expected to raise $10 million for the earthquake relief. B.R. Shetty, of the Abu Dhabi Cricket Council, said: "Of the total money raised,75 percent will go to Pakistan and the rest to India".[2]

Other competitions

Since 2009, many international series have been played here. Following the 2009 attack on the Sri Lanka national cricket team, Pakistan was unable to host home matches at the stadium. However, Zimbabwe successfully toured Pakistan from May 19-31 2015, playing five matches in Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore. Pakistan has hosted series against Australia, West Indies, New Zealand and South Africa at this stadium. Due to the Indian general election, the first leg of 2014's Indian Premier League was played here along with Dubai DSC Cricket Stadium and Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium.

Domestic Fixtures

In 2009 the stadium hosted numerous cricket games, mostly fixtures in the Nissan Gulf Cup, where domestic teams from England and India (2010 version) competed against each other for the title. In March 2009, Sussex, Lancashire, Middlesex and Surrey played Pre-Season friendlies there as well.

In 2012 Pakistan played one test and two one day games against England.

See also

References

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  2. ^ in.sports.yahoo.com/060418/137/63mem.html.

External links

  • Worldstadiums.com
  • Cricinfo.com
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