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
Back in October (is it really almost 2011?) the ICC threw open the doors of its new state of the art facility. The ICC Global Cricket Academy is based at Dubai Sports City and boasts 38 floodlit outdoor practice pitches, six indoor practice facilities and “even an indoor fielding practice facility and cricket specific gymnasium,” says Gulf News. Former Test star Rodney Marsh will be director of coaching at the facility, which also has two Oval grounds. Ekta Hutton, the Acting General Manager of the ICC Global Cricket Academy, says, “The 38 floodlit outdoor practice pitches includes 28 turfs that will replicate conditions in Asia, Australia, South Africa and the English pitches. The 10 wickets will be artificial.” But it isn’t just for the elite – any cricketer can enjoy the facilities with hire fees starting from just AED 200.