ADCC hopes India plays in new stadium
Published: Sunday, May 6, 2001, 22:42 [IST]
The cricket project has the backing of top UAE leaders, with land and funds coming from Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, crown prince of Abu Dhabi and deputy supreme commander of UAE armed forces, as well as Shaikh Nahyan bin Mubarak, minister of higher education and scientific research and chairman of ADCC. According to Shetty, stadium lights with the highest masts in the UAE are being installed to ensure that matches can be played at any time of the day. The stadium has a unique design with a side canopy that resembles the peak of a cricket cap and is supported by three towers, 45 metre high, symbolising three cricket stumps. Earlier, the recently concluded CBFS series in Sharjah received a setback when India said the Indian cricket team would not take part in non-regular venues like Sharjah, Toronto and Singapore. New Zealand stepped in place of India for the triangular series with Sri Lanka and Pakistan.