India and Pakistan among the nations to compete in the UAE in September
The eyes of the cricketing world will be fixed on the UAE from 15 to 28 September as Dubai and Abu Dhabi prepare to host the 2018 Asia Cup.
Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) is hosting the Asia Cup on behalf of the Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) and Dubai International Stadium and Zayed Cricket Stadium will be staging the matches.
Tickets for the showpiece event, which are priced from Dh20 to Dh750, will be available via the online booking site Platinumlist and at retail outlets across the UAE from Monday 20 August. Cricket fans can also buy season tickets for both the venues at attractive prices.
In Group A, India, the defending champions, will face Pakistan with both teams also facing the winner of the qualifier which will be held in Malaysia at the end of the month. The UAE are one of six teams vying for the lone automatic spots.
In Group B Sri Lanka will play Bangladesh and Afghanistan. The games will be played over a 50 over format starting from 3.30pm onwards.
The teams will start arriving in the UAE from 10th September. The first game will see Bangladesh take on Sri Lanka in front of what is sure to be a full-house at Dubai International Stadium.
All of the teams taking partcan expect huge support from fans who have flown in especially for the tournament as well as residents who live in the UAE, with a party atmosphere guaranteed in the stands.
Khalid Al Zarooni, Vice Chairman, Emirates Cricket Board said, “We are proud to host the 2018 Asia Cup in the UAE, which promises to be a thrilling festival of cricket with some of the world’s best players battling it out on the field.
“The game of cricket is hugely popular here in the UAE, and we are sure there will be a fantastic atmosphere in the stands as well as great entertainment on the field throughout the tournament.”
Hospitality packages for VIP and corporate suites can be purchased directly from Dubai Sports City and Abu Dhabi Cricket. Those interested can email Hospitality@dsc.ae or firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more about hospitality prices and packages.
What: Asia Cup tickets
Where: Dubai and Abu Dhabi
When: September 15 to 28
Contact: Tickets can be bought online at www.platinumlist.net