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Sharjah was take-off point for cricket in UAE

The first match between the Gavaskar XI and Miandad XI being played at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in April 1981. The stadium went on to break the world record for hosting the highest number of ODI's.
Pakistani legend Javed Miandad (left), with a fan and a photographer, after playing a game on a makeshift pitchwith a sandy outfield in the UAE.
The game drew modest crowds.
First One-Day International match being played in Sharjah.
A general view of the Zayed Cricket stadium during theTri-Nation Zayed Cup Cricket Tournament in Abu Dhabi. The first international game here was hosted in April 2006.
A view of the Dubai Cricket Stadium housed at the Dubai Sports City. The state-of-the-art lighting facility is dubbed as the 'Ring of Fire'.
.Sachin Tendulkar celebrates after a memorable century in Sharjah. Tendulkar's back-to-back hundreds against Zimbabwe and Australia, in 1998, was termed as the 'sandstorm innings'. His second hundred was scored on his birthday.
Wasim Akram rejoices after his hat-trick at the Sharjah Stadium. Akram went on to become the highest wicket-taker in history. Some of his deadliest spells were reserved for Sharjah. Pakistan's Younus Khan in action against the West Indies at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. The venue hosted the first ever Test series to be held at a neutral venue from January 31, 2002.
Tendulkar is seen during one of his glorious knocks against Pakistan at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
Pakistan's Taufiq Umer in action during the first day of the historic test match between Pakistan and West Indies at a neutral venue, Sharjah Cricket Stadium, on January 31st 2002.
A handful of spectators savour the first day of the historic test match between Pakistan and West Indies at a neutral venue - the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
Abdul Rahman Bukhatir, who brought international cricket to the UAE, in action during a domestic tournament. The Bukhatir League, which will enter its 35th year, is named after him.
Mohammad Redha Abbas, who is now the executive member of the Emirates Cricket Council, with Abdul Rehman Falaknaz, the chairman of the Dubai Cricket Council, gets ready to bat in a match during their playing days
Former ICC President Ehsan Mani (above left) masterminded the shift of the game's headquarters from London to Dubai.
Action from the first one-day international, between Pakistan and Australia, hosted at the Dubai SportsCity cricket stadium. The Sports City also houses the ICC Cricket Academy and the ICC headquarters.

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