Abu Dhabi’s Tolerance Oval to host major cricket international clashes

England’s Men’s Test team will train at the facility in November.

Abu Dhabi’s cricket community will now be able to watch international cricket in not one, but two world-class grounds thanks to the Tolerance Oval receiving full International Cricket Council (ICC) accreditation as a day/night venue.

The fourth cricket ground to achieve this status in the UAE after Dubai International Stadium, Sharjah Cricket Stadium and the capital’s Zayed Cricket Stadium, Tolerance Oval will now be able to welcome the world’s best exponents of the cricket bat and ball for T20 and One Day Internationals just two years after opening.

The news means Abu Dhabi Cricket & Sports Hub (ADCSH) is the only cricketing destination on the planet to house two day/night, fully ICC accredited ovals.

Hosting nine turf pitches, full LED floodlights and an array of training facilities that include 20 natural grass wickets in the nearby international nets area, the ground will welcome the England Men’s Test side in November as they prepare for their winter tour of Pakistan.

Speaking on the announcement CEO Matt Boucher said: “Our vision for Abu Dhabi Cricket & Sports Hub is two-pronged; we want our incredible venue to host the highest calibre of international events while simultaneously catering for the 760,000 community sport athletes that use our facility annually.



“The Tolerance Oval is a prime example of this vision, having already hosted the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup warm-up matches, teams from the 2021 Indian Premier League, 2021 Pakistan Super League, 2021 Abu Dhabi T10, as well as the inaugural T20 Abu Dhabi Community Cup final in the last 12 months.

“We also wanted the Emirates Cricket Board to have a fourth international ground at their disposal to make Abu Dhabi even more capable of hosting major, multi-venue global competitions and tournaments. By gaining ICC accreditation in such a short period of time, we have successfully managed to do just that, and we look forward to more world-class cricket coming to the country, and Abu Dhabi, as a result.”

The good news is just the latest in a series of announcements for ADCSH who revealed that it will be installing a 50m Olympic-sized swimming pool for community use as well as the introduction of a new rugby programme with New Zealand Rugby called Small Blacks Abu Dhabi.

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Matt Cassidy

When he is not hunting for the latest piece of Abu Dhabi news, Matt is ticking off his UAE bucket-list experiences (although he does love to take a break to test out the fine restaurants and bars of the capital). An armchair sports lover, he is on a personal mission to attend every sporting event in the UAE to make out for most likely missing the big one in Doha in November.