Dubai International Cricket Stadium Betting Guide

Dubai International Cricket Stadium Betting Guide
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Betting Expert, James Pacheco

Last updated on 22nd October 2021

Published: 16/09/2021

Categories: Cricket, News

The Dubai International Cricket Stadium will be used as one of the three venues for the 2021 T20 World Cup.

Let’s find out a bit about its history, capacity, which players have had success there and any other important information that could help you in terms of online cricket betting when the World Cup comes about.

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Is there a betting angle at Dubai for T20Is?

Before we jump into the background of the stadium, let’s quickly start with some important cricket betting tips around the grounds. So, yes, there is a betting angle here. It may not seem like much of a difference but it’s important nonetheless.

54.8% of the games won here in Dubai in T20Is were won by the team batting first, so when betting in Live Bet on the likes of 10CRIC or Betway this should provide an opportunity, especially if the team batting first is the outsider.

Of course, you will find all of the match predictions for all the games right here as well – so, if in doubt, check our T20 World predictions! All of the games being played in Dubai International Cricket Stadium will be displayed right here!

Predictions for Games at Dubai Cricket Stadium

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.

Stadium characteristics

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 the IPL 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.

Games played in Dubai at the T20 World Cup 2021

Dubai Stadium will host the following 13 matches at the 2021 T20 World Cup

Date Game
Sat, Oct 23 England v West Indies
Sun, Oct 24 India v Pakistan
Tue, Oct 26 South Africa v West Indies
Thu Oct 28 Australia v TBC
Fri Oct 29 Afghanistan v Pakistan
Sat Oct 30 Australia v England
Sun Oct 31 India v New Zealand
Wed Nov 3 New Zealand v TBC
Thu Nov 4 Australia v TBC
Fri Nov 5 India v TBC
Mon Nov 8 India v TBC
Thu Nov 11 2nd Semi-Final
Thu Nov 14 Final

At the time of writing, not all T20 World Cup teams have been confirmed so the ‘TBC’ refers to the teams who will contest the T20 WC qualifying rounds and emerge victorious to book their place at the actual World cup.

You’ll notice that both the second semi-final and the final will be played here in Dubai.

T20I records at Dubai International Cricket Stadium

Now, let’s have a look into some of the top moments of T20 cricket that have taken place in Dubai International Cricket Stadium. You’ll find important statistics on the most appearances and best win rates, the highest totals and the best bowlers and batsmen to grace the grounds.

Most appearances and best win rates

Between 2009 and 2019, Dubai has hosted 62 matches, of which one ended in a tie.

Pakistan are by far the team who have played here the most, with 25 games appearances here, of which they won 14 and lost 11.

The only other teams who have played more than 10 matches here are Ireland and the Netherlands.

Ireland have won 10 out of 14 and the Netherlands 8 out of 12. Both are contesting the Qualifying stages of the WC.

The teams with the best records of all here are Afghanistan and Papua New Guinea, who both boast a win rate of 75% although it should be remembered that they were mostly against far weaker teams.

Both those sides have already qualified for the World Cup proper.

Highest Totals

Four teams have breached 200 batting first in those 62 games at Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

Sri Lanka (211/3, 2013), Ireland (211/6, 2017), Netherlands (206/3) and Scotland (204/4).

A good indication that this is generally a pretty good wicket is that the lowest-ever score batting first in a T20I was 145/5 by Sri Lanka back in 2013.

And that was against a formidable Pakistan bowling line-up that included Saeed Ajmal, Shahid Afridi and Sohail Tanvir, who as we’ll see in a minute, were among the most successful bowlers here ever.

Top Batsmen

Afghanistan’s Mohammad Shahzad has the most runs here (382) and the best average (63.66) of any of the Top 7 batsmen at this ground in T20Is. He’s also the batsman with the most fifties, five in total.

Ireland’s Paul Stirling has 379 runs at an average of 42.11.

Pakistan’s superstar batsman and skipper Babar Azam averages an incredible 57.6 in Dubai across six matches.

No-one has ever scored a T20I century at this ground. The highest individual scores are those of Kusal Perera (84) and  Mohammad Shahzad (80).

Top Bowlers

Given how much they’ve played here over the years, it’s no surprise the list of top wicket-takers here is dominated by Pakistani bowlers.

Sohail Tanvir (22), Saeed Ajmal (19), Umar Gul (18) and Shahid Afridi (16) make up four of the Top 5. However, none of them feature for Pakistan anymore.

Three of those are spinners and two are pace bowlers so there isn’t necessarily a bias one way, or another.

Splitting them is George Dockrell of Ireland, who has 16.

Pakistan’s Imad Wasim, who does still play for Pakistan, is the only player to have taken 5 wickets in a match after his 5/14 against the West Indies in 2016.