Established under the leadership of Abdul Rahman, the Sharjah cricket stadium is one of the most iconic cricket venues in the world.
Even though Lord’s cricket ground is considered the Mecca of cricket, a similar moniker can also be applied to this stadium, considering the number of iconic ODIs it has hosted.
A cricket stadium made to empower emerging cricket talents, this legendary cricket stadium has hosted many memorable matches.
So, today we will talk about some of the most amazing facts about the Sharjah cricket stadium.
Top 18 Amazing Sharjah Cricket Stadium Facts
1) The Sharjah Cricket Stadium holds the record for hosting the most number of ODIs hosted in a venue, with 241 ODIs
2) It is one of those rare grounds where test matches were played without the participation of the home team.
3) This stadium, constructed in the early 1980s, hosted its first international match in April 1984, during the Asia Cup.
4) From 1984 to 1995, this stadium hosted the Asian Cup competitions for ten consecutive years
5) The first ODI in this venue was played between Pakistan and Sri Lanka on April 6, 1984, which Sri Lanka won by five wickets
6) In the Austral-Asia Cup final (1986) held in Sharjah, Javed Miandad hit Chetan Sharma for a last-ball six to help Pakistan beat India by one wicket.
7) On May 4, 1990, Wasim Akram recorded his second ODI hat-trick against Australia on this ground
He picked wickets of Merv Hughes, Carl Rackemann, and Terry Alderman with consecutive deliveries as Pakistan defeated Australia by 36 runs.
8) On April 22, 1998, in Sharjah, chasing 273 in the Coca-Cola Cup finals, ‘Master Blaster’ Sachin Tendulkar scored 143 runs (131 balls) to give India a win by six wickets.
9) Between 1984 and 2003, the Sharjah ground hosted a record number of 206 ODIs
10) In the final of the Coca-Cola Champions Trophy in 2000, India got out to Sri Lanka at a score of 54 runs, with only Robin Singh (11) managing to enter double figures.
11) The first test in this stadium was played between Pakistan and West Indies in 2002, which Pakistan managed to win by 170 runs
12) The Sharjah Cricket Stadium was the home ground for the Afghanistan cricket team for ODIs and First-Class matches in 2010
13) In 2011, this stadium entered the Guinness Book of Records by hosting the highest number of ODI matches.
14) The cricket stadium also hosted the inaugural edition of the T10 cricket league in 2017, which had several international cricket players
15) This stadium hosted the final of the 2018 Blind Cricket World Cup where India defeated Pakistan by two wickets to win the Blind Cricket World Cup.
16) “The Cricketers Benefit Fund Series (CBFS)”, established by Abdul Rahman Bukhatir in 1981, organized commercially sponsored ODI tournaments in this historic cricket stadium which attracted good crowds from the South Asian community living in UAE
17) This stadium will be one of the main venues for the 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup and was Multan Sultans and Quetta Gladiators’ home ground in the recent PSL.
18) It has hosted 241 ODIs, 9 tests, and 13 T20Is. It now has 30,000 seating capacity with a floodlight facility.