History of Dubai International Cricket Stadium
It was built in 2008 and hosted its first international cricket match in 2009, an ODI played between Pakistan and Australia and won by Pakistan; a T20I played between the same two sides followed just a few weeks later.
The first Test match at the venue was a drawn game between Pakistan and England in 2010.
The architect was the Canadian Awsam Matloo.
The current curator at the ground is Tony Hemming and the two ends are called the Emirates Road End and the Dubai Sports City End. Most of the time its capacity is 25,000 but it’s expandable to 30,000 spectators.
It boasts a unique system of floodlights known as the ‘Ring of Fire’’; 350 floodlights are fixed around the circumference of the roof. That means the shadows of objects at the ground are kept to a minimum.
Games hosted at Dubai International Cricket Stadium
For years and years, Pakistan weren’t able to host international cricket at home due to safety fears. So the UAE as a whole became Pakistan’s ‘home’ and Dubai International Cricket Stadium saw them play plenty of matches here.
That included back-to-back Test matches between Pakistan and first the West Indies, and then Sri Lanka. It also included T20I matches between Pakistan and both New Zealand, and England. Plus ODI games between Pakistan and South Africa.
With Pakistan also unable to host its own domestic T20 tournament, Dubai held the opening ceremony and matches of the 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 PSL.
In 2018 it was used for the 2018 Asia Cup (ODI format) and the final, no less. India chased 223 against Bangladesh in a thrilling match where they got the winning run off the last ball of the innings.
Despite ending up on the losing side, Liton Das was adjudged to be man of the match after an excellent 122. It also hosted the first few matches of the 2014 IPL when India was holding elections and didn’t want IPL betting in India to become an unnecessary distraction.
And then it hosted the whole of the 2020 IPL when India was unable to do so because of Covid-19 and the second half of the 2021 IPL, when India was again unable to hold the tournament at home, again due to Covid concerns.