1982
16,000
Yes
Pavilion End, Sharjah Club End
United Arab Emirates
20:06, Thu Oct 01, 2020 (UTC +0400)
Sharjah Cricket Stadium
 

Records and statistics

Pakistan v West Indies - Jan 31-Feb 4, 2002 Scorecard
Pakistan v West Indies - Oct 30-Nov 3, 2016 Scorecard
Test records | Results | High totals | High scores | Most runs | Best bowling | Most wickets | Partnerships | Statsguru
Pakistan v Sri Lanka - Apr 6, 1984 Scorecard
United Arab Emirates v Scotland - Dec 11, 2019 Scorecard
ODI records | Results | High totals | High scores | Most runs | Best bowling | Most wickets | Partnerships | Statsguru
Afghanistan v Scotland - Mar 3, 2013 Scorecard
Afghanistan v Zimbabwe - Feb 6, 2018 Scorecard
T20I records | Results | High totals | High scores | Most runs | Best bowling | Most wickets | Partnerships | Statsguru
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Profile

The Sharjah Cricket Stadium, in the emirate of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates, was built in the early 1980s and very quickly became a regular home for tournaments as the popularity of one-day cricket exploded following India's World Cup win in 1983. Between 1984 and 2003 the ground hosted 198 ODIs and four Tests (in 2002 when Pakistan played games there due to political instability at home), attracting good crowds, mainly from the area's large Asian expat population. It also hosted Masters (veterans) events and other second-string tournaments. All were played under the auspices of The Cricketers Benefit Fund Series (CBFS)" which had been established in 1981 by Abdul Rahman Bukhatir, and whose main aim was to honour cricketers of the past and present generations from India and Pakistan, with benefit purses in recognition of their services to the game of cricket. The stadium initially started with a few limited seats and very modest facilities but by 2002 had a 27,000 capacity and floodlights.

But when the match-fixing scandals began to emerge in the late 1990s, Sharjah's star began to wane, and although nothing was ever proved, sides started to move away, and in 2001 the Indian government banned the national side from playing there. Between April 2003 and February 2010, the venue hosted no internationals, but that changed with Associates beginning to play games there and Pakistan needing an off-shore venue because of security problems in their country. It is now, with Dubai and Abu Dhabi, one of the UAE's international venues and has even resumed Test duties.
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Fixtures

2020
Sat Oct 3 (20 ovs)          
18:00 local | 14:00 GMT
10:00 EDT | 09:00 CDT | 07:00 PDT
Indian Premier League
Delhi Capitals v Kolkata Knight Riders
Sun Oct 4 (20 ovs)
14:00 local | 10:00 GMT
06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT
Indian Premier League
Mumbai Indians v Sunrisers Hyderabad
Fri Oct 9 (20 ovs)          
18:00 local | 14:00 GMT
10:00 EDT | 09:00 CDT | 07:00 PDT
Indian Premier League
Rajasthan Royals v Delhi Capitals
Mon Oct 12 (20 ovs)          
18:00 local | 14:00 GMT
10:00 EDT | 09:00 CDT | 07:00 PDT
Indian Premier League
Royal Challengers Bangalore v Kolkata Knight Riders
Thu Oct 15 (20 ovs)          
18:00 local | 14:00 GMT
10:00 EDT | 09:00 CDT | 07:00 PDT
Indian Premier League
Royal Challengers Bangalore v Kings XI Punjab
Sat Oct 17 (20 ovs)          
18:00 local | 14:00 GMT
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Indian Premier League
Delhi Capitals v Chennai Super Kings
Fri Oct 23 (20 ovs)          
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10:00 EDT | 09:00 CDT | 07:00 PDT
Indian Premier League
Chennai Super Kings v Mumbai Indians
Mon Oct 26 (20 ovs)          
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10:00 EDT | 09:00 CDT | 07:00 PDT
Indian Premier League
Kolkata Knight Riders v Kings XI Punjab
Sat Oct 31 (20 ovs)          
18:00 local | 14:00 GMT
10:00 EDT | 09:00 CDT | 07:00 PDT
Indian Premier League
Royal Challengers Bangalore v Sunrisers Hyderabad
Tue Nov 3 (20 ovs)          
18:00 local | 14:00 GMT
09:00 EST | 08:00 CST | 06:00 PST
Indian Premier League
Sunrisers Hyderabad v Mumbai Indians
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The refurbished Sharjah Cricket Stadium gears up for IPL 2020, Sharjah, September 1, 2020
The refurbished Sharjah Cricket Stadium gears up for IPL 2020
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Sharjah holds the record for hosting the most ODIs
Sharjah holds the record for hosting the most ODIs
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Mazhar Khan, the honorary secretary of the Sharjah Cricket Council
Mazhar Khan, the honorary secretary of the Sharjah Cricket Council
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Jonathan Bairstow bats in Sharjah, Pakistan A v England XI, Sharjah, 1st day, October 5, 2015
Jonathan Bairstow bats in Sharjah
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