Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium
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The Sheikh Zayed Stadium (Arabic: ملعب الكريكيت الشيخ زايد) is a cricket ground located in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The stadium cost $23 million to build and was opened in May 2004, with its inaugural first-class match being an Intercontinental Cup fixture between Scotland and Kenya in November of that year.
|Location||Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates|
|Operator||Pakistan Cricket Board|
|Tenants||Pakistan national cricket team|
|First Test||20–24 November 2010:|
Pakistan v South Africa
|Last Test||3–7 December 2018:|
Pakistan v New Zealand
|First ODI||18 April 2006:|
Pakistan v India
|Last ODI||27 March 2019:|
Pakistan v Australia
|First T20I||10 February 2010:|
Afghanistan v Scotland
|Last T20I||31 October 2018:|
Pakistan v New Zealand
|As of 27 March 2019|
IPL (Indian Premier League)Edit
Friendship Series (Pakistan vs India)Edit
Among the stadium's most memorable events were the back-to-back charity matches between rivals Pakistan and India in April 2006. These matches were significant as the arch-rivals put aside their differences to support the victims of the 2005 Pakistan earthquake. The series was expected to raise $10 million for earthquake relief. B. R. Shetty, of the Abu Dhabi Cricket Council, said: "Of the total money raised, 75 percent will go to Pakistan and the rest to India".
Many international series have been played there. Following the 2009 attack on the Sri Lanka national cricket team, Pakistan was unable to host home matches at the stadium. However, Zimbabwe successfully toured Pakistan from May 19–31, 2015, playing five matches in Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore. Pakistan has hosted series against Australia, England, West Indies, New Zealand and South Africa at this stadium. Because of the Indian general election, the first leg of the 2014 Indian Premier League was played there, as well as in DSC Cricket Stadium and Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium.
In 2009, the stadium hosted numerous cricket games, mostly fixtures in the Nissan Gulf Cup, where domestic teams from England and India competed against each other for the title. In March 2009, Sussex, Lancashire, Middlesex and Surrey played pre-season friendlies there.
The stadium complex also features a pair of smaller grounds called Nursery 1 and Nursery 2. The first of these was used for a Twenty20 International between United Arab Emirates and Australia in October 2018.
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