Dubai June 16, 2006

Dubai’s cricket oasis bulldozed

Mike Gatting has described the demise of the Dubai Cricket Council grounds in Al Jadaf as a “crying shame.” Gatting last played at the ground in March, when he captained the Lord’s Taverners in their annual charity fixture against Fly Emirates.





Mike Gatting has described the demise of the Dubai Cricket Council grounds in Al Jadaf as a “crying shame.” Gatting last played at the ground in March, when he captained the Lord’s Taverners in their annual charity fixture against Fly Emirates.

The DCC grounds, which housed seven cricket pitches, staged 500 matches a year until they were bulldozed last month to make way for what will eventually become Dubai Healthcare City. A replacement venue has yet to be found.

“I loved playing at the ground in Dubai, it was a little oasis out there, and it’s a crying shame that the facilities there couldn’t be saved. You just hope that somebody there might relocate them, but with the pace of development in Dubai that won’t be easy."

Martin Williamson is executive editor of ESPNcricinfo and managing editor of ESPN Digital Media in Europe, the Middle East and Africa

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