Among the several recognition the Sharjah Cricket Stadium has earned over the years, one of the best moments came when it was bestowed with the Guinness Book of World Records for hosting the maximum number of One-day International matches in the world.
It achieved the distinction with its 200th ODI match after having come a long way hosting the first ODI way back in April 1984 between Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
Official from the Guinness Records Book Vin Sharma presented a certificate to His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development and Chairman of Emirates Cricket Board, at the stadium during the 201st One-day International between Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
Abdul Rehman Bukhatir, Patron of cricket in the UAE, who was instrumental in building the stadium, said: “It truly is a great honour to be a part of the Guinness World Record Book. It means a lot to us and we will keep doing our best to continue to add to the number over the time. The Guinness honour is recognition for all those who contributed immensely to successfully staging of matches in this stadium. It’s an honour for the UAE especially for fans, who are our biggest supporters.”
Waleed Bukhatir, Vice Chairman of the Sharjah Cricket Club, said: “It was not easy to achieve such a huge recognition. Sharjah Stadium has moved one step ahead of other stadiums in the world. This venue which has many records to its credit hence deserves this honour and I am sure with cricket being revived in this venue many more records too will follow soon.”