UAE Emirates Cricket Board (ECB): United Arab Emirates Cricket Board is the governing body of certain cricket activities in United Arab Emirates. It is United Arab Emirates’s representative at the International Cricket Council and is an Associate Member and has been a Member of that body since 1990. It is also a Member of the Asian Cricket Council. ECB’s Chairman Honorable HH Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan.
On 21 July 2016, UAE cricket took a step towards “full professionalism”, with the Emirates Cricket Board granting two-year central contracts to eight of its players.
In June 2018, ECB announced the first ever T20 franchise league in UAE, scheduled to start later that year after the T10 tournament.
In June 2021, The Emirates Cricket Board has announced that the inaugural ILT20 League would take place between January 6 and February 12, 2023.
HH Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan
Khalid Al Zarooni
Cricket in the UAE enjoys a strong, illustrious history and continues to be a well-supported and popular sport played across the UAE since being introduced to our shores over 80-years ago. During that time, we have enjoyed seeing the sport grow to where, today, we have over 3,000 active amateur teams, 50 registered academies, and enjoy seeing well over 90,000 individuals actively involved in the game. Our Men’s, Women’s and U19 representative teams continue to excel in their performances on the international stage in both Asian Cricket Council and ICC tournaments.
Emirates Cricket boasts a strong Domestic portfolio through the D10, D20 and D50 series, as well as our Inter-Emirate Age-Group tournament. We are extremely proud to have added our own International UAE T20 League to our annual calendar. Our Board is very proactive in supporting the various Council-managed tournaments such as the long-standing, popular Bukhatir Premier League, the exciting Abu Dhabi T10 format as well as many other tournaments and series.
The UAE itself has fast become the international destination of choice for numerous top-tiered tournaments, such as the IPL, PSL, ICC Cricket World Cup, Asian Cricket Council U19 Asia Cup and various ICC Qualifying events. Our three World-Class stadia; located in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah, regularly welcome various Full-Member and Associate-Member training camps throughout the season.
Emirates Cricket, having achieved ICC Associate Member status in 1990, continues to work tirelessly to maintain its standing and recognition as a leading Associate within the ICC. This recognition has been achieved through the unwavering support of councils; Abu Dhabi Cricket, Ajman Cricket, Dubai Cricket and Sharjah Cricket, the strong cricket-community in Fujairah, Umm Al Quwain and Ras Al Khaimah, our leaders and the people of the United Arab Emirates, we, on the Emirates Cricket Board, are proud of the reputation we uphold and the benchmark we establish and maintain.
Emirati Development Program
Emirates Cricket is extremely cognisant in its responsibility to develop the Emirati youth into the game and has a robust schools-program in place. The Development Team works closely with the Ministry of Education to deliver these skills and fitness sessions to the youth at Emirati-schools, across the region, throughout the School season.