Dubai International Cricket Stadium
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Panoramic view of the stadium
|Location||Dubai Sports City, Dubai|
|Operator||Dubai Sports City|
|Tenants||Pakistan national cricket team|
|Emirates Road End
Dubai Sports City End
|First Test||12–16 November 2010: Pakistan v South Africa|
|Last Test||12–16 January 2014: Pakistan v Sri Lanka|
|First ODI||22 April 2009: Pakistan v Australia|
|Last ODI||10 October 2014: Pakistan v Australia|
|First T20I||7 May 2009: Pakistan v Australia|
|Last T20I||5 October 2014: Pakistan v Australia|
|As of 10 October 2014
Dubai International Stadium formerly known as the Dubai Sports City Cricket Stadium is a description of a new multi-purpose stadium in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is mainly used for cricket and is one of three stadiums in the country, the other two being Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium and Abu Dhabi Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium. It has a capacity of 25,000 spectators, but is expandable to 30,000 spectators. It is a part of the Dubai Sports City in Dubai.
The first ODI cricket match played here was between Australia and Pakistan on April 22, 2009; it was won by Pakistan. The stadium's first player to take a five-wicket haul was Shahid Afridi with 6/38, which was his career best figures at the time.
The top score at this stadium is 234 is held by Graeme Smith against Pakistan in 2013. South Africa won the test match. Pakistan held a series against New Zealand and one Twenty20 International against England. This followed with a five-match ODI series of which three matches were played at this stadium. The second match in the stadium was also the last match by Australian international all-rounder Andrew Symonds.
The October 2010 series of Pakistan vs South Africa ended with a 3-2 series win for South Africa. South Africa sealed the series with a 57 run win against Pakistan. The stadium hosted its first Test match when Pakistan played South Africa on 12 November 2010, the match resulted in a draw.
In 2012 Pakistan met England in the first test at Dubai. Pakistan won it easily, by 10 wickets. Saeed Ajmal was the Man-of-the-Match, after his outstanding 10 wicket haul.
In 2012 in mid-August Pakistan played three T20s against Australia, which was a grand success, just before the ICC World T20, including a super over in the final match, which Pakistan won.
In 2014, The 2014 Indian Premier League tournament was held in the stadium along with Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium and Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium . After that, the tournament shifted back to homeland India.
Stadium's Unique Lighting System
The Dubai International Stadium is lit by a special system of floodlights named 'Ring of Fire'. Unlike other stadiums in the world, this stadium has the lights fixed around the circumference of the round roof of the stadium, thereby minimizing the shadows of objects in the ground. It has 350 numbers of floodlights attached in series.
Sport venues hosted
- Hosted 2 ODI matches between Pakistan and Australia from 22 to 24 April 2009
- Hosted 2 Twenty20 matches between Pakistan and New Zealand from 12 to 13 November 2009.
- Hosted 3 Indian musical concerts on 1 and 2 November 2009 and 2 December 2013.
- Hosted 2 Twenty20 matches between Pakistan and England from 13 to 14 February 2010.
- The Els Club,located in Dubai sports city hosted Callaways Odyssey.
- Dubai Sports city hosted World Twenty20 qualifier matches in February 2010.
- Hosted 3 ODI matches between Pakistan and South Africa from 2 to 8 November 2010.
- Hosted a Test match between Pakistan and South Africa on 12 November 2010.
- Hosted IPL7's First Leg
- Highest score by team(ODI): 317/5 South Africa v Pakistan.
- Lowest score by team(ODI): 131 Sri Lanka v Pakistan.
- Highest Individual Score (Test) : Graeme Smith 234 v Pakistan.
- Best Individual Figures(ODI): Shahid Afridi 6/38 v Australia.
- Highest score chased: Pakistan chased 275 against South Africa and won by 1 wicket.
- Lowest total defended: Pakistan were all out for 257 but successfully defended against Sri Lanka and won by 21 runs.
- Stadium website
- Pakistan switches ODIs to Dubai
- Dubai Sports City Cricket Stadium Will Open with Worlds Best Lighting System
- Dubai Sports City Cricket Stadium will be lit by a ‘ring of fire’
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