Cricket is a popular sport in the United Arab Emirates. Fans of the sport will want to catch some of the test matches this month across the UAE. Test cricket playing teams Pakistan and England will undergo playing 5-day matches against each other starting today.
Neither the two team had much success in their pools for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 having not advanced in the tournament that was played earlier in the year. However, this international bilateral series will offer fans fierce competition between the teams taking part.
The International Cricket Council (ICC), the international governing body of cricket with headquarters in Dubai since 2005, has setup the test matches hosted by the United Arab Emirates.
The contest (England vs Pakistan in UAE) will consist of 3 Tests, 4 ODIs and 3 T20s in October and November 2015 just ahead of T20 World Cup 2016, which will be played in India from 11 March to 3 April.
England’s three-test series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates, including the 4 ODIs, and 3 T20s are as follows:
- 1st Test: Abu Dhabi, 13-17 October
- 2nd Test: Dubai, 22-26 October
- 3rd Test: Sharjah, 1-5 November
- 4 ODIs: 11, 13, 17, 20 November
- 3 T20s: 26, 27, 30 November
Cricket on the rise in the UAE, or is it? The game of cricket is one of the most-watched sports in the UAE with Abu Dhabi Cricket Club (ADCC), Dubai Cricket Council (DCC) and Sharjah Cricket Council (SCC), affiliates of the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB), promoting and scheduling activities. They are actively building up the cricket popularity to date.
ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 has given a boost to the United Arab Emirates squad despite its last place standings. The team presence at the World Cup was nothing to be ashamed of. Neither the UAE cricketers nor the fans were disappointed with themselves for their lost games. With no wins to their name, UAE already knows they probably will not be in the next World Cup, but, it was indeed a valuable learning experience not to be forgotten.
Meanwhile, the UAE players continue to improve and train with games against some of the top nations on the field. Fans instead will be able to enjoy test matches between full ICC Member teams that make up the top 10, before the next WC, right in their backyard.
However, the opening day of England’s test series with Pakistan at Abu Dhabi just had 54 spectators who showed up on Day 1, as reported by the Telegraph. Still, though, what happened? “Maybe the fans are just waiting until later in the week to show their support,” Telegraph posted as a potential reason for the lack of attendance at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium. The venue is one of the world’s finest cricket grounds and can house a capacity of 20,000 fans; with only a 30 minutes’ drive from the Abu Dhabi Island City, and plenty of parking; why aren’t there more at the stadium? Well it appears that cricket has not quite captured the locals’ hearts, as originally believed, from Day 1; interest might change in the coming days with more fans set to come out to the forthcoming games or watch it on television to observe the current third and fourth best playing Test nations.
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