As a Cricket Club that competes in the top cricket leagues in Dubai and the United Arab Emirates, Dubai Exiles Cricket Club receives interest from around the world from people wishing to play cricket in Dubai. This page is intended to deal with some frequently asked questions from cricketers who are interested in getting involved and enjoying their cricket in the UAE with Dubai Exiles Cricket Club.
I play cricket professionally, what sort of contract can you offer me?
Dubai Exiles Cricket Club is an amateur cricket club, that plays cricket in the Dubai Super League, DCC League of Mammoths and other cricket leagues in Dubai. We are always looking for talented players to enhance our squad and welcome anyone looking to play top class cricket in the Emirates, however, as an amateur side we do not offer players contracts where they are financially remunerated.
I’m not in Dubai or the UAE, what can you do to help me?
The short answer is very little, to play cricket at Dubai Exiles Cricket Club in the UAE you need to be resident and have an Emirates Residency ID (or have an application in progress). Without the ID and appropriate visa, you will not be eligible to play cricket at Dubai Exiles Cricket Club.
I’m in Dubai, how do I get involved?
Our cricketers practice in the nets at the world famous Sevens Stadium in Dubai. Practice is on a Wednesday evening from 7.30 pm to 9.00 pm. Please come along and meet the coaching staff and players and get involved. If you’d like to make contact with us before turning up, you can email the club at email@example.com.
I’ve come from a top tier cricket nation, what is the standard like?
The standard of cricket in the UAE is very high. Many of the teams are made up of high level amateur players, ex semi-professional and ex professional cricketers. Dubai, and the UAE, is made up of many different nationalities our own squad comprises of players from India, England, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Scotland, South Africa, Australia, Malaysia as well as Northern Ireland, Canada and the United States.
What about cost?
Cricket clubs in Dubai have a ‘membership system’, grass in the desert is very expensive. Typical cost, to play for a full season with Dubai Exiles Cricket Club is AED 1950 a season plus match fees (typically AED 180 a match). This includes playing kit, pitch hire contribution and so on. The season typically lasts from August (pre-season) through to end of March.