The Business of… Cricket in the UAE
From the ICC headquarters and global academy to the famous cricketing residents, the UAE is fast becoming a central hub for world cricket. Kipps gives you an insight.
December 12, 2010 8:21 by Samuel Potter
Dubai is home not only to the ICC, but to a number of famous cricketing names. Here’s two picks of the bunch:
Andrew “Freddie” Flintoff. You probably already knew this, but about a year ago famed England cricketer Freddie Flintoff moved to Dubai with his wife and kids for a new start. The player had undergone major knee surgery (which may yet end his career) and wanted to put his wild and near-legendary days of boozing behind him. Since arriving, aside from rehab, he’s been keeping busy as a sporting and cricketing ambassador.
Shoaib Malik. Another high profile resident. Shoaib Malik is a former captain of Pakistan’s cricket team, but he achieved even wider fame when he married Sania Mirza, India’s top ranked women’s tennis player. The marriage between the Indian and Pakistani stirred tensions between various parties in both countries, so the pair decided to escape to a safer environment: Dubai.