Cricket is a popular sport in the United Arab Emirates and is a part of the Dubai Sports City. The Dubai Cricket Stadium dubbed ‘ring of fire’ was built at the Dubai Sports City (2008) to give a boost to cricket in the UAE. The stadium is said to be the most advanced of its kind in the world and the International Cricket Council (ICC) circuit. It contributed to developing a broader culture of sporting achievement in this in the hope to bring about the first international cricket tournament to be staged in the city. For the time being, providing such a facility for the next generation of elite players who could go on to represent their country at an international level is the target goal, said Khalid Al Zarooni, president, DSC.
As a matter of fact, UAE has a national cricket team that participates in various competitions by the International Cricket Council (ICC), which is the sport’s governing body for the international championship of One Day International (ODI) cricket match tournaments. Its headquarters is located in Dubai (since 2005), and it manages the international cricket calendar.
The UAE’s cricketers are now being tested as the national team competes in the ICC Cricket World Cup, which is holding its 11th tournament this year. International cricket matches are being jointly hosted by New Zealand and Australia where fourteen teams are competing from 14 February to 29 March 2015. The cricket matchup consists of two pools of seven teams playing in a round-robin format where the top four teams from each pool will proceed to the knock out stage of the tournament. Stages winners will then move on to the quarterfinals, semi-finals and the final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on 29 March.
UAE, currently ranked 14th based on the ICC ODI Championship rankings, is one of the nations that became eligible through the ICC Cricket World Cup qualifying program where it placed second behind Scotland at the 2014 World Cup Qualifier. The result gave UAE an occasion to participate in this year’s World Cup, while also earning the United Arab Emirates national cricket team ODI status until 2018.
The ICC Worldcup United Arab Emirates Squad 2015 is hoping for its second ICC CWCQ trophy, the last time being 1994.Thus far, mid-way through the six-game matches in Pool B, UAE has yet to win a game in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. However, the UAE cricket team just came up short in all three of their early-on matches: The game between Zimbabwe fell short only by 4 wickets, 286/6 to 285/7 (Feb 19); even closer was the game with Ireland that was lost by only 2 wickets 279/8 to 278/9 (Feb 25). However, UAE’s third game between India was lost by 9 wickets, 104/1 to102 (Feb 28). Although UAE has yet to win a game, throughout the World Cup, so far, the team has put pressure on their rivals. The next three matches are against Pakistan (Mar 4), South Africa (Mar 12), and West Indies (Mar 14).
For more of the 2015 Cricket World Cup game results, visit icc-cricket.com; or else, to follow the UAE cricket team, go to @EmiratesCricket.