Pakistan V Australia in Dubai

Everything you need to know about the cricket clash of the year

Pakistan are in Dubai and have declared themselves fit and ready to challenge Australia

With the opening game just a week away, Pakistan can't wait to face the Australian challenge head-on according to their captain, Younus Khan: "We know that the Australians will be formidable opponents. They are not the No.1 ranked team in one-day cricket by accident.

"The fact that they have maintained their position at the top of world cricket for so long is a great achievement. However, we are approaching this series with great optimism, and we hope to play our part in some exciting and dramatic matches," he added.

The Pakistan captain also hopes his countrymen turn out in force to support their team: "Our supporters are the most vocal in the world. Hopefully, they will come to the games and their support could make a big difference. This is our home Series and we want to generate an outstanding atmosphere in Dubai and Abu Dhabi".

Pakistan will play a warm-up match against Pakistan on Wednesday which will be the first opportunity for the players to experience the newly built 25,000 capacity Dubai Sports City Cricket Stadium. The first match will then take place there on Wednesday, 22 April.

The second game takes place at the same venue on Friday, 24 April.

The teams then relocate to Abu Dhabi for three matches at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium on Monday, 27 April, Friday, 1 May and, Sunday, 3 May.

The grand finale of the Series will be a Twenty:20 match on Thursday, 7 May at Dubai Sports City's Cricket Stadium.

The full Pakistan Squad for the Series is: Younus Khan (capt., Salman Butt, Nasir Jamshed, Ahmed Shahzad, Shoaib Malik, Misbah-ul-Haq, Shahid Afridi, Kamran Akmal, Fawad Alam, Shoaib Akhtar, Sohail Tanvir, Umar Gul, Rao Iftikhar, Yasir Arafat, Saeed Ajmal.

Tickets are now available through the Sind Punjab restaurant in Dubai, Pak Ghazi restaurant in Dubai and Sharjah, Uttam Restaurant in Sharjah, A.J. Sports in Dubai and Sharjah, Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Dubai Sports City and all UAE branches of Karachi Darbar.

You can also get tickets from the following outlets in Abu Dhabi: all Ibrahimi restaurants, Murree Sweets, Pak Nemat Kada, Pak Land Food Stuff, United Bank, Al Mansoor Video, Ahmed Al Arab restaurant, and Malex Exchange.

Tickets for the Series are still sale through, 800 4669.

Prices range from just Dhs50 up to Dhs950 for the most exclusive seats. Corporate hospitality packages are also available from Dubai Sports City on (+971) 4 425 1111 and Abu Dhabi Cricket Board on 02 558 8331.


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