SHARJAH – Very few fans had turned up to watch Test matches in Dubai and Abu Dabhi during the current Pakistan and West Indies series.

Pakistan Cricket Board had arranged a day/night Test match in Dubai attract the crowds but that did not work either. Sharjah is one such venue where fans turn up in big numbers to watch the matches, where even Test matches attracts a sizeable crowd.

Sharjah opened the gates free for students to give them a chance to watch the final Test. Students can enter through West Stand of the stadium on producing their identity cards.

A large number of students from Shaikh Rashid School, Dubai graced the stadium on Tuesday and enjoyed the third day’s proceedings.

Some of the students while talking to Khaleej Times said: “It is a rare occasion for us to watch greats like Misbah-ul-Haq, Younis Khan, Mohammad Amir and Yasir Shah performing in front of our eyes.

“We made huge noise and enjoyed every bit of it. We thank Sharjah cricket authorities and our school for providing this opportunity and hope to visit this stadium in future again.”

Mazhar Khan, general manager of Sharjah Cricket Club, said: ” It is a good way to promote cricket among the kids.

“It is a golden opportunity for little ones to watch players of Younis and Misbah caliber.

“According of figures, almost 3,000 students from three schools have visited the stadium in first three days of the match.

“A school from Ajman is also planning to send its children to watch the match.”

Mazhar was thankful to schools by saying: “They spared time to send their kids to the stadium and I also hail good gesture by Pakistan Cricket Board for giving us opportunity to invite our young guests and we hope to carry on this mission in future.”