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Sharjah Cricket Stadium

The Sharjah Stadium is a cricket stadium at Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. This stadium had a capacity of 16,000 people when it was opened in 1982, but by 2002 it had a capacity of 27,000 people.


Sharjah Stadium is a home ground for UAE since 1982. It is also a home for Pakistan since 2011.


Sharjah Cricket Stadium


History


Sharjah stadium was constructed in early 1980's and it was opened in the year 1982 with a total seating capacity of 16,000. The first ODI played in this stadium was on 6 April 1984, between Pakistan and West Indies.


Controversies


In late 1990's, match-fixing allegations were imposed on this stadium and it became the center of Sir Paul Condon's investigations. Although nothing was ever proved, sides started to move away, and in 2001, the Indian Government banned the national side from playing at this stadium.


Major Matches


The stadium holds the record of hosting the most number of ODIs in the world, with 232 ODIs as of 01 Jan 2018. The record has been acknowledged by The Guinness Book of Records.


The highest totals in this stadium in three formats are 364/7 (50 Ov) by Pakistan against New Zealand in ODI matches, and 690/10 (143.1 Ov) by NZ vs Pakistan in Test matches.


At the Sharjah Stadium, a total of 102 centuries have been scored across three formats of the game, of which 17 are Test century, 84 ODI century and one T20I century.


The lowest team totals scored in this ground are 53 and 59 runs by Pakistan, both in the same test match against Australia played on 11 October 2002.


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