It could have been disregarded as an attempt if, at the start of this millennium, someone had laid a bet that Dubai would soon become the seat of the world governing body of cricket and a major host of international games. After all, cricket in the desert was closely associated with Sharjah, while the capital of Abu Dhabi had just constructed the Sheikh Zayed Stadium. As the Dubai International Cricket Stadium – the cornerstone of the idea of Dubai Sports City (DSC) finished its 10 years of existence without much hubbub, it only emphasized the emirate’s philosophy of living up to its tagline of an iconic ad: ‘Impossible is nothing.’
The ascent in prominence of the stadium as a world-class international cricket venue, remotely, has been an excessively organic one along with the reputation of Dubai and the UAE as a cricket hub in general. The International Cricket Council’s (ICC) ruling to move from the Lord’s to Dubai in 2005 along with a state-of-the-art academy –hardly a kilometre away from the stadium – was the best thing that could have happened to lift or boost the profile of the Sports City.
Khalid Zarouni, the President of Dubai Sports City stated that record of the stadium now speaks of its achievements. Dubai International Stadium has already hosted the topmost number of Twenty20 Internationals (47) in the world and 94 international fixtures till date. There have been around 18 international series and they are talking only about the FTP (Future Tours Programme) series between the boards — not to mention of the Pakistan Super League (PSL), Indian Premier League (IPL) and the Asia Cup last year.
Dubai International Stadium formerly known as Dubai Sports City Cricket Stadium has been able to leave its bequest in cricket, with a bigger dream the bigger dream of creating it into a multi-discipline complex, which would be able to host an event of the degree of a Summer Olympics got somewhat overpowered along the way. However, Dubai became a preferred venue for many events.