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Cricket Stadiums in UAE: Get to know the venues for IPL 2020

The UAE has always been a great tourism destination, in terms of attractions and amenities. Apart from this, the city is expanding its horizons and turning out to be a great sporting destination as well. Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic situation, the entire world has come to a stop. But, even in these tough times, the UAE has emerged as the stage for this year’s IPL T20. Being one of the biggest sporting events in India, IPL T20 gathers a large number of cricket fans from around the world. Furthermore, the cricket stadiums in UAE is ready to welcome IPL T20 and all the excitement it brings. And how thrilled are you to cheer your team?

Also, this is an incredible opportunity to further explore the UAE’s amazing cricket stadiums, right? Additionally, the 2014 version of IPL T20 took place in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. Though the matches are going to take place behind closed doors, cricket fans are super delighted to see their favourite teams square off in the 2020 version of IPL T20. And, here is the guide to the cricket stadiums in the UAE.


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Cricket Stadiums in the UAE

1. Dubai International Cricket Stadium

Being one of the biggest cricket stadiums in the UAE, the Dubai International Stadium has a capacity of around 30,000. Also, the stadium has previous experience in hosting IPL T20 as it hosted seven matches in the 2014 version. The stadium opened in 2009 and has hosted several Test, one-day and T20 matches. Furthermore, in case if the organizers allow fans to enter the stadium it can only be done with proper social distancing measures. And the Dubai International Cricket stadium has all the necessary amenities.

Location: Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road, Dubai Sports City, Dubai.

2. Sharjah Cricket Stadium

This is the oldest and arguably one of the most famous cricket stadiums in the UAE. Sharjah Stadium has a history of hosting important international tournaments as since 1986. With a capacity of 17,000, six matches in the 2014 IPL T20 happened here, with the Kings XI Punjab being the most successful team here. Pakistan and Sri Lanka played the first-ever one-day international match in this stadium.

Location: Second Industrial Street, Industrial Area 5, Sharjah

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3. Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium

Located in Abu Dhabi, the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium is the second-largest cricket stadium in the UAE, with a capacity of about 20,000. Opened in 2004, this is also the second test venue in the UAE. Also, the pitch and the ground is a lot similar to Indian stadiums as well. Furthermore, in the 2014 IPL T20 version, out of the seven matches held here, 3 matches were won by the team which was batting first and 3 matches were won by the team batting second, while one match ended in a tie.

Location: Near Khalifa City A, Abu Dhabi

Other Stadiums in the UAE

IPL T20 has huge importance in the world cricket stage as it is a great opportunity for players to improve their performance. It is also a platform for younger players to rise. Thus, the UAE is fully equipped to ensure that the tournament takes place without any problems in terms of its organization. For this purpose, they have additional venues in which the tournament can be played in case they face any difficulty in any of the main venues.

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ICC Academy Cricket Ground

As a part of the International Cricket Council’s academy in Sports City, Dubai there are two fully equipped cricket grounds. These are equipped with modern technology and was one of the host stadiums for 2014 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup. Also, this was used as training grounds by teams such as Australia, Sri Lanka, South Africa and Pakistan.

Location: Sports City, Dubai

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Tolerance Oval

Located right next to the Sheik Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi, it is relatively a less-used cricket stadium in the UAE. This stadium is more than capable of playing host to this year’s IPL T20.

Location: Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Near Khalifa City A, Abu Dhabi

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The United Arab Emirates is gearing up to be the venue for the 13th IPL T20 tournament. The amazing cricket stadiums in the UAE are a perfect location for this prestigious tournament. All the major teams are already in Dubai all set to start practice and fight out to win the golden trophy. The fans are optimistic about watching the matches in from the stadium and cheer for their favourite colours. Which is your favourite IPL team? Let us know in the comments section. . .

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