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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 September 2018

Abu Dhabi to host five matches of upcoming Pakistan v Sri Lanka series

Zayed Cricket Stadium will stage the first Test starting September 28 as well as two ODIs and two T20 games

Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi will host the first day/night Test match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka on September 28. Pawan Singh / The National
Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi will host the first day/night Test match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka on September 28. Pawan Singh / The National

Abu Dhabi will host five matches of the upcoming Pakistan v Sri Lanka series, including the opening Test match starting September 28.

As well as the first of the two-Test series, Zayed Cricket Stadium will also host the second and third one-day internationals on Ocotber 16 and 18 as well as the first and second of three Twenty20 matches on October 26 and 27.

“We are thrilled the Pakistan Cricket Board has chosen Abu Dhabi to host international competition of this calibre,” said Aref Al Awani, general secretary of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council.

Najam Sethi, chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board said: “We are pleased to play in Abu Dhabi and expect that this arrangement will be mutually beneficial for future tours as well."

“This series of fixtures continues Abu Dhabi Cricket’s excellent working partnership with the Pakistan Cricket Board” says Matthew Boucher, acting chief executive of Abu Dhabi Cricket.

“We are particularly pleased to be hosting all three formats of the game and to have been selected for the marquee Twenty20 ‘double-header’ on 26th and 27th October, where we expect to see a packed-out capacity crowd.”

The PCB hopes to host the last Twenty20 in Lahore, depending on whether a three-match series against a World XI team next week passes off without incident.

SCHEDULE:

28 Sep-2 Oct, 1st Test, Abu Dhabi

6-10 Oct, 2nd Test (day-night), Dubai

13 Oct, 1st ODI, Dubai

16 Oct, 2nd ODI, Abu Dhabi

18 Oct, 3rd ODI, Abu Dhabi

20 Oct, 4th ODI, Sharjah

23 Oct, 5th ODI, Sharjah

26 Oct, 1st T20I, Abu Dhabi

27 Oct, 2nd T20I, Abu Dhabi

29 Oct, 3rd T20I, Lahore

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