Dubai International Cricket Stadium

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Dubai International Stadium
Dubai Sports City Pak vs Aussies.jpg
Pakistan playing against Australia at Dubai
Ground information
Location Dubai Sports City, Dubai
Coordinates 25°2′48″N 55°13′8″E / 25.04667°N 55.21889°E / 25.04667; 55.21889Coordinates: 25°2′48″N 55°13′8″E / 25.04667°N 55.21889°E / 25.04667; 55.21889
Establishment 2009
Capacity 25,000[1][2]
Owner Dubai Properties
Architect Matloob
Operator Dubai Sports City
Tenants Pakistan national cricket team
End names
Emirates Road End
Dubai Sports City End
International information
First Test 12–16 November 2010:
 Pakistan v  South Africa
Last Test 13–17 October 2016:
 Pakistan v  West Indies
First ODI 22 April 2009:
 Pakistan v  Australia
Last ODI 26 January 2017:
 United Arab Emirates v  Hong Kong
First T20I 7 May 2009:
 Australia v  Pakistan
Last T20I 20 January 2017:
 Afghanistan v  Ireland
As of 26 January 2017
Source: Cricinfo

The Dubai International Stadium, formerly known as the Dubai Sports City Cricket Stadium, is a 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 Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi. 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.

Stadium History[edit]

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 302* is held by Azhar Ali against West Indies in 2016.

The stadium hosted its first Test match when Pakistan played South Africa on 12–16 November 2010; the match resulted in a draw.

The November 2010 ODI series between Pakistan and South Africa ended with a 3-2 series win for South Africa. South Africa sealed the series with a 57 run win against Pakistan.

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.

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.

Lighting system[edit]

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 its round roof, thereby minimizing the shadows of objects in the ground and having no light towers. It has 350 numbers of floodlights attached in series.

Sport venues hosted[edit]

  • Hosted 2 ODI matches between Pakistan and Australia from 22 to 24 April 2009[3]
  • Hosted 2 Twenty20 matches between Pakistan and New Zealand from 12 to 13 November 2009.[4]
  • 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.[5]
  • Dubai Sports city hosted World Twenty20 qualifier matches in February 2010.[6][7]
  • 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
  • Hosted 2017 Desert T20 Challenge
  • Hosted PSL(Pakistan Super League)#Ab Khel Ke Dikha First Edition 2016 with Opening ceremony & Final.
  • Hosted PSL(Pakistan Super League)#Ab Khel Jamay Ga Second Edition 2017 with Opening ceremony.[8]

Stadium statistics[edit]


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  2. ^ "Dubai International Cricket Stadium - United Arab Emirates - Cricket Grounds - ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo. 
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-10-05. Retrieved 2010-01-17. 
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-02-09. Retrieved 2010-01-17. 
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-10-29. Retrieved 2010-01-17. 
  6. ^ "Dubai Sports City to host ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier". Arabian Business. 
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-01-31. Retrieved 2010-01-17. 
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