A strong turnout of partisan cricket fans is expected in the UAE capital for next week’s Pakistan vs. Australia second Test match (starting on 16 October) given a call by organisers to offer the public free entry for all days.
“Providing free access for all is another first for us, especially having recently welcomed over 60,000 fans for the Asia Cup games and our inaugural Abu Dhabi T20 last weekend,” said Matt Boucher, Acting CEO, Abu Dhabi Cricket (ADC), which manages Zayed Cricket Stadium with the support of Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC).
“In line with the Sports Council’s vision to grow sport in the city, we want more people from all cultures to experience cricket and to understand the benefits of an active and healthy lifestyle. One of our overarching targets is to provide better access for all to the game and this initiative will go a long way to delivering that.”
“We’re thrilled to have been able to work together with the Pakistan Cricket Board to make this happen. This generous gesture on their part will allow cricket fans from all across the city to come down and enjoy watching two of the world’s greatest cricketing powerhouses take each other on.”
Public anticipation is building for the Test, which starts October 16, as fans look to witness a new-look and in-form Australian side who managed to salvage the first test in Dubai with a well-earned draw.
The match will be the first clash between the two international sides at Zayed Cricket Stadium after four years, with many of the squad, including new Captain Tim Paine, not having played at the iconic Abu Dhabi venue previously. The match will also be the deciding test in this two-match series.
Following this Test series, ADC will host the first T20 international between the two sides on Wednesday 24 October.
“With Pakistan sitting at the top of the ICC’s T20 rankings and Australia in third place, this is sure to be yet another clash that’s not to be missed,” added Boucher.
Tickets for the T20 together with ODIs for Pakistan’s upcoming series against New Zealand later on this month are all on sale now at www.q-tickets.com.