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September 6
England v Australia ODI series

Following one of the most anticipated tours in international cricket, The Ashes bilateral series, the action between England and Australia continues with five one-day internationals on Friday September 6, Sunday 8, Wednesday 11, Saturday 14 and Monday 16. With England having already won The Ashes, they’re looking to be undefeated in the series – all the more reason these ODIs are set to make for an exciting watch.
Until September 16. OSN Sport 1-4.

September 10
Zimbabwe v Pakistan test series

Pakistan is in Zimbabwe for the 2013 test series, which began on Tuesday September 3. The second test will take place in Bulawayo on Tuesday September 10, with games airing from 11am.
ESPN Star Sports.

September 17
Champions League T20

The fifth edition of the Champions League Twenty20, an international Twenty20 cricket tournament cricket tournament, will be held in India, with a total prize fund of US$6 million (Dhs22,000,000) up for grabs. Teams entered include Brisbane Heat (Aus), Perth Scorchers (Aus), Trinidad and Tobago, Highveld Lions (SA), Titans (SA), Chennai Super Kings (Ind), Mumbai Indians (Ind) Rajasthan Royals (Ind) Kandurata Maroons (Sri), Otago Volts (NZ), Faisalbad Wolves (Pak) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (Ind).
Until October 6. OSN Sport 1-4.

October 1
South Africa Tour of Pakistan

This action-packed series includes two test matches, five one-day internationals and three T20 matches over the course of two months, with the tour ending on November 30.
Until November 30. Ten Sports.

November 13
India Tour of South Africa

Straddling the end of 2013 and start of 2014, this tour features three test matches, seven one-day internationals and two T20 matches.
Until January 14. Ten Sports.

McGettigan’s
Both branches of this popular Irish pub will be screening cricket throughout the season, all while serving up their excellent brand of hearty Gaelic cuisine.
Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road. (800 6247); Bonnington, JLT (04 356 0560).

Cricketer
One of the city’s oldest pubs is perhaps the most aptly named for an afternoon spent watching the cricketing action. But don’t expect crumbly decor and well-worn upholstery, as a recent renovation has given the bar a smart, contemporary new look.
Abjar Grand Hotel (old Ramada Continental Hotel), Abu Hail, Deira (04 266 2666).

Crown & Lion
Fashioning itself as an English pub, the Crown & Lion serves up traditional grub and regular screenings of two of the most followed of British sports: cricket and football. Get there early if you want to secure yourself a booth.
Byblos Hotel, TECOM (04 448 8000).

Centre Circle
With large TVs around the bar and smaller screens mounted on the walls in individual booths, watch matches of your choosing without any risk of strangers’ heads blocking your view.
Ramada Chelsea, Al Barsha (04 501 9000).

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