The Sharjah Cricket Council was formerly known as the Sharjah Cricket Association and came into the existence after the organisational changes resulted in the creation of the Emirates Cricket Board in the year 1989.
The induction of the game of Cricket in UAE can trace its origin to the mid-sixties when the Royal British Armed Forces stationed in Sharjah were actively involved with the game.
Cricket patrons of the likes of Abdulrahman Bukhatir, Galadari Brothers, Abdul Rahman Falaknaz, Mohammad Redha Abbas and others, who picked up their game in the sub-continent during their stay for studies, promoted and developed the game here.
The erstwhile Sharjah Cricket Association was formed in 1974 under the chairmanship of Abdulrahman Bukhatir and the Bukhatir League for ‘A’ division tournament was then started in a small way, which is still recognised as the premier event of the country and continues uninterrupted till date. Cricket in those days was played on the rolled dirt tracks and the facilities were minimal.
The Emirate witnessed unprecedented economic upsurge due to the oil boom of the mid-seventies and the resultant affluence benefited the game immensely. The vital support from the business houses, and corporate sectors gave the game the necessary boost.
The first Bukhatir League for ‘A’ Division was held way back in 1974. This premier tournament is the only tournament of the land that has been held continuously without any break till date. Since then the tournament has made significant strides and is now fully entrenched as the premier event at the top of the domestic calendar in which one overseas player is allowed in the playing eleven. It has grown in stature over the years and currently it is conducted at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
The first international match was organised in the mid seventies when a representative PIA side led by legendary Majid Khan played a match against a combined local side in Al Khan area of Sharjah which happened to be first proper Cricket ground in those days. The emergence of CBFS in 1981 gave international exposure to the Emirate of Sharjah and the whole of Middle East as the premier international Cricket Centre in the region where the maximum number of ODI have been held as of date.
Another milestone was reached when the Council staged the World Masters at the Sharjah Stadium in the year 1995 in which stars of yesteryears gave the glimpses of their skills and prowess, much to the delight of the fans. The teams involved were West Indies, Pakistan, India and England.