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UAE to Face Australia for First Time in One-off T20I

Cricketnext Staff |October 17, 2018, 8:43 PM IST
UAE to Face Australia for First Time in One-off T20I

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) national side will play a one-off T20I against Australia on Monday, October 22 at the Abu Dhabi Oval. The ECB (Emirates Cricket Board) announced that the match would be slated between the Test and the T20I series between Pakistan and Australia.

"We are delighted to be in a position to announce this fixture and we are extremely grateful to the ICC for their support in accrediting the Abu Dhabi Oval for T20 International cricket at such short notice," said Zayed Abbas, an ECB spokesperson.

In an effort to attract more crowds and to promote the national team, there would be no entry tickets for this match.

"It has been an incredible effort from all parties to bring this match to fruition," said the ECB spokesperson, thanking the Pakistan Cricket Board and Cricket Australia.

UAE selector, Waleed Bukhatir, said that the exposure and challenge of playing top teams like Australia would prove beneficial for the UAE players. He stated that the national team needed to be put under pressure and "focus more intently by being challenged by higher-ranked, leading teams" in international cricket.

UAE does not have a great record in T20I cricket. They have played 26 matches and won just 9.

They are yet to beat a major team in T20I cricket though they have defeated the likes of Ireland and Afghanistan.

They beat PNG in three matches last year - all in Abu Dhabi - which was also the last time they played the format.

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Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
AUS
6 5 1 0 10 +0.84
2
NZ
5 4 0 1 9 +1.59
3
ENG
5 4 1 0 8 +1.86
4
IND
4 3 0 1 7 +1.02
5
BAN
6 2 3 1 5 -0.40
6
SL
5 1 2 2 4 -1.77
7
WI
5 1 3 1 3 +0.27
8
SA
6 1 4 1 3 -0.19
9
PAK
5 1 3 1 3 -1.93
10
AFG
5 0 5 0 0 -2.08

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5 Australia 2640 98
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3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4647 111
5 Australia 4805 109
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2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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