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
In 2008, the Pakistan Cricket Board signed a three year agreement to play its home one day internationals and Twenty20 matches at Dubai’s Sports City. About the same time, Pakistan also arranged for Test matches to be played in Abu Dhabi. Since then, the country has played numerous games in different formats across the UAE – in Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Dubai. The reason? Security. Well, security and money. Opposing teams are reluctant to visit Pakistan because of concerns over safety, and as a result the Pakistan Cricket Board has lost millions in cancelled or unplayed matches. By holding games in safe Dubai, the board is earning again, the country gets to keep playing at the highest level, and the UAE grabs some more major sporting events.