Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium

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Capacity : 27,000
Floodlights : Yes
Ends : Pavilion End, Sahrjah Club End
Local time : GMT +0400

 
Tests ODIs T20s
- Played: 7
- Win by home side: 0
- Win by visitors: 0
- Win by neutral team: 6
- Win batting 1st: 3
- Win batting 2nd: 3
- Drawn: 1
- Tied: 0
- Played: 218
- Win by home side: 0
- Win by visitors: 2
- Win by neutral team: 214
- Win batting 1st: 117
- Win batting 2nd: 99
- Tied: 2
- No result: 0
- Played: 9
- Win by home side: 0
- Win by visitors: 0
- Win by neutral team: 9
- Win batting 1st: 6
- Win batting 2nd: 3
- Tied: 0
- No result: 0
Recent highest ODI totals:
- New Zealand 690 (2014)
- Pakistan 493 (2002)
- Pakistan 472 (2002)
Recent highest ODI totals:
- Pakistan 364/7 (2014)
- New Zealand 338/4 (1990)
- West Indies 333/7 (1995)
Recent highest T20 totals:
- Afghanistan 171/6 (2013)
- Afghanistan 152/6 (2013)
- Scotland 154/6 (2013)
Highest individual score: 202 (Brendon McCullum) Highest individual score: 189 (Sanath Jayasuriya) Highest individual score: 60* (Collins Obuya)
Best bowling (Inns): 7/94 (Mark Craig) Best bowling: 7/30 (Muttiah Muralidaran) Best bowling: 5/13 (Samiullah Shenwari)
Best bowling (Match): 10/203 (Mark Craig)
Average S/R: 32.40 Average S/R: 28.34 Average S/R: 18.65
Average RpO: 3.09 Average RpO: 4.53 Average RpO: 6.69
Highest Individual Scores
202 - BB McCullum (NZ)
197
- Mohammad Hafeez (Pak)
192 - KS Williamson (NZ)
153 - Younis Khan (Pak)
150 - Rashid Latif (Pak)
189 - ST Jayasuriya (SL)
169 - BC Lara (WI)
153 - BC Lara (WI)
143 - SR Tendulkar (Ind)
140* - Mohammad Hafeez (Pak)
60* - CO Obuya (Ken)
56 - CS MacLeod (Sco)
55 - Mohammad Shehzad (Afg)
54 - MW Machan (Sco)
52 - RR Patel (Ken)
Best Bowling Analysis
7/94 - MD Craig (NZ)
5/24
- Shoaib Akhtar (Pak)
5/74 - SK Warne (Aus)
5/87 - UWMBCA Welegedara (SL)
5/125 - HMRKB Herath (SL)
7/30 - M Muralidaran (SL)
7/37 - Aaqib Javed (Pak)
6/14 - Imran Khan (Pak)
6/18 - Azhar Mahmood (Pak)
6/26 - Waqar Younis (Pak)
5/13 - Samiullah Shenwari (Afg)
4/22 - Hamid Hassan (Afg)
3/4 - Hamid Hassan (Afg)
3/16 - E Otieno (Ken)
3/16 - SO Tikolo (Ken)
Record Partnerships
1st - 114 - Khurram Manzoor/Ahmed Shehzad (Pak)
2nd - 297 - BB McCullum/KS Williamson (NZ)
3rd - 116 - KS Williamson/LRPL Taylor (NZ)
4th - 125 - Mohammad Hafeez/Mizbah-ul-Haq (Pak)
5th - 109 - Azhar Ali/Misbah-ul-Haq (Pak)
6th - 204 - Mohammad Yousuf/Rashid Latif (Pak)
7th - 112 - AD Mathews/MDK Perera (SL)
8th - 91 - MD Craig/TM Southee (NZ)
9th - 78 - Asad Shafiq/Rahat Ali (Pak)
10th - 26 - SR Waugh/GD McGrath (Aus)
1st - 204 - Saeed Anwar/Ramiz Raja (Pak)
2nd - 263 - Aamir Sohail/Inzamam-ul-Haq (Pak)
3rd - 226 - MS Atapattu/DPMD Jayawardene (SL)
4th - 172 - Basit Ali/Salim Malik (Pak)
5th - 166 - ST Jayawardene/RP Arnold (SL)
6th - 154 - RB Richardson/PJL Dujon (WI)
7th - 115 - AC Parore/LK Germon (NZ)
8th - 87 - S Prasanna/SMSM Senanayake (SL)
9th - 52 - WD Parnell/LL Tsotsobe (SA)
10th - 62 - AD Jadeja/J Srinath (Ind)
1st - 87 - CO Obuya/NN Odhiambo (Ken)
2nd - 76 - CS MacLeod/MW Machan (Sco)
3rd - 79 - Mohammad Shahzad/Asghar Shenwari (Afg)
4th - 53 - Mohammad Nabi/Samiullah Shenwari (Afg)
5th - 42 - CO Obuya/RR Patel (Ken)
6th - 56 - Noor Ali Zadran/Najibullah Zadran (Afg)
7th - 30 - Najibullah Zadran/Gulbadin Naib (Afg)
8th - 20 - NM Odhiambo/SO Ngoche (Ken)
9th - 6* - Mirwais Ashraf/Hamid Hassan (Afg)
10th - 14 - HA Varaiya/E Otieno (Ken)

The Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium is in the emirate of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. It was originally constructed in the early 1980s and has been much improved over the years. In 2010, at the behest of local cricketing patron Abdul Rahman Bukhatir, the Sharjah Cricket Stadium became the home ground for the Afghanistan cricket team for One Day International and First-Class matches.

One of the few Test Cricket Grounds at which a Test match has been played not involving a home country participant (and the only one in a non Test playing country) Sharjah was the venue for four Test matches in 2002. Because of security and safety concerns in Pakistan (following the September 11th attacks and its aftermath) the ground was chosen as a neutral venue to host two Test matches between Pakistan and the West Indies in February and two Test matches between Pakistan and Australia in October.

Between 1984 and 2003 the Sharjah ground was the venue for 198 One Day Internationals held as part of commercially sponsored one day tournaments involving three or four international teams. Sharjah was a popular venue attracting good crowds mostly from the South Asian population of the United Arab Emirates. The tournaments were organised by "The Cricketers Benefit Fund Series (    CBFS)" which had been established in 1981 by Abdul Rahman Bukhatir, and whose main aim was to honour cricketers of the past and present generations from India and Pakistan, with benefit purses in recognition of their services to the game of cricket. The stadium initially started with a few limited seats and very modest facilities but by 2002 had a 27,000 capacity and floodlights.

Since 2003 the increasingly crowded cricket calendar has precluded the holding of any major international matches at Sharjah although the stadium has been the venue for certain other matches, for example in the 2004 ICC Intercontinental Cup. It has also been used by the Afghanistan national team since 2010. A significant reason for the decline of Sharjah as an international cricketing venue is match fixing allegations. This led to the Indian government banning the national cricket team from playing at Sharjah. Since then, the new 20,000 seat Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi has become the preferred venue for cricket in the UAE.

Sharjah was at the centre of Sir Paul Condon’s investigations into corruption in cricket. Although the report did not conclusively single out the venue much controversy raged. BBC Cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew said in 2001 : “Sharjah has been pinpointed as being the centre of this activity [match fixing] and, again, this is entirely plausible. I would swear under oath that two of the dozen or so matches I have witnessed on that desert ground over the years were fixed”. On the other hand Sharjah tournament organiser, and former Pakistan cricketer, Asif Iqbal denied this strongly:”To my mind, all the matches in Sharjah were fair and honest cricketing encounters”.

As at October 12, 2015