The game was once played in the desert and empty streets. Today the UAE is the headquarters of the ICC, cricket’s global body
Cricket in the UAE literally took off from the runway of a makeshift airport. The game was first played in the Abu Shaghara area near the Old Sharjah airport. It was a Royal Air Force base and the servicemen played the game regularly during the early sixties.
No one believed then that Sharjah would, one day, go on to clinch a place in the history of world cricket by being a venue that hosted the maximum number of One-Day Internationals (at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium) and that the UAE would go on to become the home for world cricket’s governing body.
The man who sowed the seeds for cricket to blossom in the desert was none other than cricket lover and businessman Abdul Rahman Bukhatir. He believed that cricket could be played in a country where the annual rain fall was a mere 6cm.