Pakistan and Australia are bringing some of the brightest new cricketing talent to the UAE later this month as the two sides meet in the Chapal Cup one-day international series and one-off Twenty:20 match.
Both sides announced their squads last week, and while the focus was on established international stars like Andrew Symonds, Brett Lee and Shoaib Akhtar, there was also a great deal of excitement from fans about the new names that will be competing.
Australia will hand opportunities to 24 year old batsman Callum Ferguson and Ben Hilfenhaus, a 26 year old attack bowler.
Pakistan include 23 year-old left-arm spinner Fawad Alam, 24 year old left-arm pace bowler Sohail Tanvir and Khurram Manzoor, a 22 year-old right-handed batsman, for the Chapal Cup, at Dubai Sports City’s Cricket Stadium and the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
“There are a lot of players in the Australia squad looking to prove a point before the Ashes later this year,” said former Australian international, Rod Marsh, who is now the Director of Coaching at the ICC Global Cricket Academy at Dubai Sports City. “With Brett Lee and Ben Hilfenhaus competing for a place on the tour, each player will be going flat out during this series.”
Australia will be looking to cement its place at the top of the one-day international world rankings while Pakistan hope to improve on its position as fifth in the world and overtake Sri Lanka.
“I believe the young Pakistani players have the ability to challenge the very best talent in the world,” said Mudassar Nazar, Head Coach at ICC Global Cricket Academy. “Fawad Alam and Khurram Manzoor have both shown outstanding promise, and as long as they don’t get fazed by the intense atmosphere at the UAE venues, they will prove a stern test to the Australians.”
The Series will be played at two venues, with the first two matches taking place at the new 25,000 capacity Dubai Sports City Cricket Stadium. The first match will be played on Wednesday, 22 April 2009, with the second taking place on Friday, 24 April 2009.
The teams then head to Abu Dhabi for three matches at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium on Monday, 27 April 2009, Friday, 1 May 2009 and, Sunday, 3 May 2009.
The grand finale of the series will be a Twenty:20 match on Thursday, 7 May 2009 at Dubai Sports City Cricket Stadium.
Tickets are now available through the Sind Punjab restaurant in Dubai, Pak Ghazi restaurant in Dubai and Sharjah, Uttam Restaurant in Sharjah, A.J. Sports in Dubai and Sharjah, Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Dubai Sports City and all UAE branches of Karachi Darbar.
You can also get tickets from the following outlets in Abu Dhabi: all Ibrahimi restaurants, Murree Sweets, Pak Nemat Kada, Pak Land Food Stuff, United Bank, Al Mansoor Video, Ahmed Al Arab restaurant, and Malex Exchange.
Prices range from just AED 50 up to AED 950 for the most exclusive seats. Corporate hospitality packages are also available from Dubai Sports City on (+971) 4 425 1111 and Abu Dhabi Cricket Board on 02 558 8331.
About Dubai Sports City’s Cricket Stadium
The Dubai Sports City Cricket Stadium is designed to provide a world class venue, ideally suited to act as a neutral venue for world cricket and has the facilities to host Test Matches, One-Day internationals, and Twenty:20 tournaments. The stadium is bowl shaped, providing excellent views from every seat in the ground and simultaneously bringing the spectators closer than ever to the action.
The player’s changing rooms will be among the most luxurious and spacious of any cricket ground in the world. With indoor and outdoor pitch-side seating, physiotherapy and massage rooms, a raised lounge with a view of the pitch, locker rooms and dining areas, the Dubai Sports City cricket stadium will provide the world-class player with everything they need.
Within the media centre there are 82 indoor press seats with cable and wireless internet connection and excellent views of the stadium. The exceptionally well appointed VVIP and Gold boxes will hold more than 100 people, with 24 luxurious boxes on the lower level adjacent to VVIP and Gold Boxes and 17 high quality corporate boxes looking out on to the pitch from the top level of the venue.
Dubai Sports City’s cricket stadium will be the first of four stadiums to be completed, with a 60,000 capacity multi-purpose stadium for football, track and field, and rugby; a field Hockey Stadium capable of holding up to 5,000 spectators, and an indoor arena that will house 10,000 supporters for a wide range of sports including basketball, indoor hockey, volleyball, handball, netball and ice hockey.
For further information, please visit www.dubaisportscity.com
About Sheikh Zayed Stadium
The Sheikh Zayed Stadium has established its reputation as one of the finest cricket venues in the world especially for day/night matches.
The South Stand, a magnificent architecturally designed dome represents a crescent, with the three supporting columns the wickets used during the game.
The South Stand has a seating capacity of 17,000 including the grassed East and West mounds. Exclusive Corporate boxes and media centre are available with hospitality and infra-structural support second to none.
The facility also includes an academy, squash courts, gymnasium dry and stream saunas.
PAKISTAN v AUSTRALIA
Date Day Format Location Start Time Approx Finish
22.04.09 Wednesday ODI (day / night) Dubai 1500hrs 2300hrs
24.04.09 Friday ODI (day / night) Dubai 1500hrs 2300hrs
27.04.09 Monday ODI (day / night) Abu Dhabi 1500hrs 2300hrs
01.05.09 Friday ODI (day / night) Abu Dhabi 1500hrs 2300hrs
03.05.09 Sunday ODI (day / night) Abu Dhabi 1500hrs 2300hrs
07.05.09 Thursday Twenty:20 Dubai 2000hrs 2300hrs
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