Nestled in south of Sharjah, the Al Dhaid Cricket Village is a beautiful cricket facility offering a serene atmosphere for cricket enthusiasts to enjoy the game.
Around half an hour drive from the heart of Sharjah, the Al Dhaid Cricket Village took shape when Abdulrahman Bukhatir, founder of cricket in the UAE, took the initiative after he realised there was a need for more grounds to improve the game at the grass roots level.
He bought land in Al Dhaid and converted it into a sprawling cricket village, comprising seven grounds. At the beginning not many were optimistic about the idea, but once the project came through there was no looking back.
The facility has one turf and the second one is nearing finish. There are also five cement wickets with floodlight facilities available.
The inauguration of the cricket village was a momentous occasion in 2009 as it hosted the Asian Cricket Council Twenty20 Trophy. The successful completion of the tournament earned huge praise for the quality of its facilities. It has since become a first-class venue, hosting matches between China and Afghanistan Kuwait and Qatar. It has also hosted a lot of domestic matches.
The most interesting thing is the curator in the cricket village. Self-taught groundsman Fazal Hassan Khan, who has just had a modest education, has played a big role in getting the facility ready with fine pitches.
Chairman of Al Dhaid Cricket Village, Waleed Bukhatir said: “Sharjah is very well known for cricket, not only in the UAE but worldwide. Sharjah had grounds scattered here and there for domestic purposes, in which the Sharjah Cricket Council conducted a lot of matches.
“Once we had grounds all over Sharjah, but due to construction boom these grounds were taken over by owners. That is when the Al Dhaid cricket village idea came up and it was developed,” he added.