England and Pakistan announce 10-match series in UAE
Scheduled over two months, the matches will takes place in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah in October and November
We've had the concert announcements and now we've got confirmation that major international sport is coming back to the UAE after the summer.
The International Cricket Council, which is based at Dubai Sports City, and who will host the two teams for training throughout their time in the region, have revealed England will play Pakistan in a series of Tests, One Day Internationals and T20 matches.
Scheduled over two months, the matches will takes place across three emirates - Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah - in October and November.
England's last tour to the region three years ago saw Pakistan win the Test series while England triumphed in the ODIs and T20S.
"We are pleased to have agreed the schedule for this series with the Pakistan Cricket Board," a spokesman for the England And Wales Cricket Board, said. "We expect this autumn’s tour will be equally hard fought [as the previous in the UAE] and we trust that as many England fans as possible will make the trip to show their support for the team."
Pakistan, who have been using the UAE as a 'home' ground for six years following a terrorist attack on the Sir Lankan team bus, are currently ranked third in the world, behind Australia and South Africa, while England languish in sixth.
Full details on the matches. October 13-17: First Test, Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi October 22-26: Second Test, Dubai Cricket Stadium November 1-5: Third Test, Sharjah Cricket Club
November 11: First One Day International (ODI) Day/Night (D/N), Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi November 13: Second ODI D/N, Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi November 17: Third ODI D/N, Sharjah Cricket Club
November 20: Fourth ODI D/N, Dubai Cricket Stadium November 26: First T20, Dubai Cricket Stadium November 27: Second T20, Dubai Cricket Stadium November 30: Third T20, Sharjah Cricket Club