About DCC

Founded in 1969, the Club was originally based on grounds made available by the then Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Rashid. Our grounds, clubhouse and bar were on Al Khail Road, adjacent to the Dubai Exiles rugby ground and Dubai Country Club, and we were a key part of the expatriate scene for nearly 40 years.

We played regular fixtures against local teams, touring sides and itinerant ships, and hosted an annual International Sixes tournament. Most good cricketers in the UAE have probably played at our former grounds at some point, as have several members of the NZ team of the ’90s. We also have a proud history of youth development, including many juniors into our sides and coaching several school teams. We also hosted several Emirates charity matches and coaching sessions with the likes of Rod Marsh, Joel Garner and Mike Gatting, and assisted the UAE youth team with free access to our grounds, nets and facilities.

In 2008 we lost our grounds to the Meydan development and spent over two years playing occasional matches at Zabeel Park and other grounds as we searched for a new base. In Jan 2011 we resumed playing regular Friday cricket at Sharjah English School (SES) on a newly-laid astroturf wicket with a grass outfield. In Jan 2013 we moved to the county-standard turf pitches at the ICC Academy in Dubai Sports City while retaining playing privileges at SES, and in June last year we moved from SES to Dubai College.

Lately the Club has seen a resurgence with an influx of new members complementing our roster of members with long tenures, and a year-round fixture list. We play through the year, mostly 20/25/30-over matches and a few 40s on Fri. and/or Sat. afternoons, and net every Tue. from 8-9 pm at the ICC Academy. We plan to play 70-odd matches this year with our 60+ playing members who have played quality club cricket in their home countries, often elsewhere too. For cultural reasons we are selective about membership, and as a private club, reserve the right. Annual membership is AED 1,500 and we don’t employ professional cricketers.

We are known in UAE cricket circles for our heritage and for playing honest cricket in the spirit of the game. The Club also has an active social aspect with pints at the pub after nets and matches, a pub quiz team, tables at testimonial dinners for international cricketers, group trips and tours to international matches, periodic evening socials, an Annual Awards Dinner and an Annual General Meeting.

We tour selectively and are one of a few teams to have participated in the Chiang Mai International Cricket Sixes in Thailand for 29 consecutive years. In 2015 we had our best performance there ever, winning the Bromley Shield.

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14 thoughts on “About DCC

  1. i am from pakistan i want to join darjeeling cricket club. am a leg beak bowler and i also played u19 region from pakistan rawalpindi.so, tell me the procedure please.

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  2. “We tour selectively and are one of a few teams to have participated in the Chiang Mai International Cricket Sixes in Thailand since it’s inception in 1985”
    The first Chiang Mai Sixes was in 1988, not 1985…sorry!

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  3. Hi
    Im an english expat looking to join a cricket side.

    Im a medium fast swing bowler but havent played in 5 years or so.

    Might take a while to get back into it.

    Whats your recruitment process.

    Cheers

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  4. DEAR SIR I AM FROM INDIA I AM WRITE HAND FAST BOWLER BUT I AM MECH.ENGINEER AND ON A JOB I AM INTERESTED FOR PLAYING CRICKETIN DUBAI PLEASE TELL ME PROCESS AND CONTACT DETAILS PLEARE GUIDE ME FOR MY FUTURE

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  5. hi folks… i am jatin sood indian Right arm Medium Pacer/Right hand batsmen living in Dubai (Dubai Internet City).. i played for good club Level cricket as well as university level in india. i want to continue my game in dubai with your club.. Please call me 0528589357

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  6. Hi

    My name is Shaheed.

    South African 21 year old who played premier league cricket in South Africa but am now staying in Dubai looking for a club.
    What should I do?

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