The United Arab Emirates has a long association with sports and cricket. Today the International Cricket Council has shifted its headquarters here and it is becoming everyone’s choice for neutral venue.
Dubai : The United Arab Emirates, which did not have a special identity in the playground on the world stage until a few years ago, has emerged as a world-class sports venue in the last few years, which has surprised everyone. . The country has proved its worth on the global stage in terms of cricket, football, Formula One, tennis, golf and hosting the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship). In 2005, the International Cricket Council (ICC) itself shifted its headquarters from London to Dubai, since then it has become a special place for cricket.
However, football is the UAE’s first choice of local people and there are countless football stadiums and football clubs, just as the government has created facilities for all sports in the UAE with a vision and policy of looking at the possibilities in all other sports. . Along with creating a safe environment, a new chapter of sports tourism has started in this tourism-oriented economy.
This month the UAE is going to host the Asia Cup 2022. The UAE has hosted many cricket events over the years. T20 World Cup, IPL and Pakistan Super League (PSL) have been organized many times. The country hosted them during COVID-19 and this makes the UAE extremely special in hosting sporting events.
Hosting major cricket tournaments for the United Arab Emirates is not a foreign concept. Cricket came to this country in early 1981, when Sharjah started hosting special international players even before hosting its first international tournament.
Since then, the United Arab Emirates has grown strongly, hosting the first part of the 2014 IPL and the full season of the 2020 IPL. It also hosted Pakistan’s international matches for almost a decade after the 2009 Lahore terror attack.
The country, which brought international cricket in the 1980s, got the opportunity to host one of the biggest tournaments in the world, the ICC T20 World Cup (October 17 to November 14) and will now host the Asia Cup. Although the tournament was to be hosted by Sri Lanka, the political crisis forced the Sri Lankan board to move the tournament to the UAE.
According to a report on the economic impact of sports in Dubai, more than $1.7 billion is spent in total annual sports-related spending, and the total economic impact of sports in Dubai is more than $670 million. Anees Sajan, Vice Chairman of the Danube Group, also known as Mr. Cricket UAE, said that the UAE is playing a major role globally due to its convenient travel access.
He added, “As we have hosted events such as the Grand Prix and the Football Cup, the UAE government has also been very supportive of the global sporting community. Given the nation’s culture and adaptability, many players often come here to take advantage of Huh.”
“About cricket UAE has top-notch facilities in all its stadiums including the ICC Stadium, Dubai Stadium, Sharjah Stadium and even the Abu Dhabi Stadium. The facilities of these grounds make it easier to host international competitions. The UAE will become more famous in the world of cricket due to the T20 league 2023.”
ICC Stadium in United Arab Emirates
Manish Kishor, managing director of U-Pro, an indoor sports center in Dubai, and the COO of a franchise in the Delhi Bulls that played in the Abu Dhabi T10 League, talked about the immense potential for the development of sports in Dubai. “What we are seeing in the UAE sports world is a huge demand, behind this approach is the amazing sports infrastructure created by the leaders,” he said.
Manish Kishor says that as a cricket fan, the audience saw the 2018 Asia Cup in UAE and now the second Asia Cup is going to happen.
Veteran Shyam Bhatia, one of the founders of cricket in Dubai, recalls that today the UAE is the first choice of all sporting organizers on the world stage, but there was a time when this desert did not have a cricket ground. It was a big challenge to gather 22 players and get a big ground.
International Cricket Council Headquarters Dubai
Royal Air Force Sharjah used to have only one cement pitch in the 70s. In 1967, Shyam Bhatia took a good initiative for this, which made playing cricket a little easier.
Then when Emirati businessman Abdul Rahman Bukhari came back to Sharjah after studying in Pakistan, he organized the first cricket tournament in Sharjah and shaped cricket in the United Arab Emirates.
Shyam Bhatia says that in the contribution that Indians have made in the rise of cricket in UAE, no one can deny the contribution of the organizers and players as well as Pakistani players.
Now the International Cricket Council has made its headquarters here and takes all the decisions of cricket from here.