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Zabeel Park is the busiest cricket ground in Dubai

When Dulsco Sports Club decided to stage their Ramadan night tournament last year at the Zabeel Park cricket ground, many people criticised their decision.

  • By K.R. Nayar, Senior Reporter
  • Published: 00:35 February 19, 2008
  • Gulf News

Dubai: When Dulsco Sports Club decided to stage their Ramadan night tournament last year at the Zabeel Park cricket ground, many people criticised their decision.

Some asked whether the ground and pitch could be fit for cricket and some even feared that players could get injured. Today it is the busiest ground in Dubai with even the Dubai Cricket Council (DCC) staging their tournaments.

The Dubai Cricket Council staged their inter collegiate tournament recently and is now hosting the their Twenty20 event on this ground. Due to shortage of cricket grounds, even companies and organisations are now waiting to get a slot to play there.

"From March 18 we have booked the grounds to stage the Corporate cricket tournament," said Shaik Rafik, the administrator of Dulsco.

The DCC will also stage their inter school tournament at this ground soon.

In the DCC Twenty20 Cup match being played at the Zabeel Park under floodlights. Air India team beat Transgulf by 64 runs.

The heroes of the match were Naeemuddin Aslam and Vikranth Shetty.

Meanwhile, the Ajman Cricket Council organised their Council's 25 overs tournament. Millennium Metals defeated Players XI by eight wickets.

Summarised scores:

DCC Twenty20 Cup: Air India bt Transgulf by 64 runs Air India 167 for 4 in 18 overs ( Vikranth Shetty 63, Naeemuddin Aslam 54, Nadeem 2 for 34) Transgulf 103 for 8 in 18 overs ( Bimal Jain 23, Nihal 20, Piyush Maloo 2 for 9, Ojas Mehta 3 for 15, Subodh Chhabria 2 for 11) Man of the match: Naeemuddin Aslam of Air India.

Ajman Twenty20Cup: Millennium Metals beat Players XI by 8 wkts. Players XI 167 for 8 (Rasheed 45, Thambi 40, Shafi 3 for 13) Millennium Metals 168 for 2 in 16.5 overs (Ashraf 65 n.o, Naveen 59, Jayprakash 26, Amit 2 for 41). Man of the match : Ashraf of Millennium Metals.

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