PAKISTAN PRIMED FOR ODI OPENER WITH NEW ZEALAND
FIRST ODI OF THE SERIES TO TAKE PLACE IN ABU DHABI
Abu Dhabi, UAE, Monday 5 November 2018: Pakistan return to Zayed Cricket Stadium at 3pm on Wednesday for their first ODI against New Zealand, with the aim of continuing their impeccable form, following their whitewashing of the Kiwis in the Pakistan-New Zealand T20I series, and their dominance over the Aussies last month.
Kane Williamson’s side will be looking to strike back against an in-form Pakistan, given that they are ranked as the third best ODI team by the ICC, in comparison with Pakistan’s fifth place.
Both sides will be looking to prove themselves in the 50-over format, and will be using it as a key litmus test ahead of next summer’s World Cup, in which the best cricketing sides will be fighting it out for the ultimate sporting glory.
During the two team’s last clash in Abu Dhabi at their first T20I match, Pakistan sneaked a narrow two run victory, leaving New Zealand fans hungry for a win against their subcontinental hosts.
The 38 year old Mohammed Hafeez will be returning for his 201st ODI, having had a leave of absence from the Pakistani ODI team. Having shown good form during all three of the T20Is, and having been awarded Man of the Match after the Abu Dhabi T20I, Hafeez will be joining the Pakistani squad on Wednesday.
In spite of a string of losses in the most recent T20Is, New Zealand will be feeling more confident given their form in the one day game.
The Kiwis will be feeling the loss of opening batsman Martin Guptill, who was ruled out of the UAE tour following an injury to his calf.
In his place, Glenn Phillips will be coming onto the pitch for his debut ODI, and the opening batsman will be looking to impress at Zayed Cricket Stadium.
This will be the first of three ODIs between these two international cricketing teams, with the first two being fought out in the nation’s capital. Both sides are urging fans to get down to Zayed Cricket Stadium for Wednesday night to see this first one day clash between these two global giants of the game.
Gates open at 1pm; with play starting at 3pm. Tickets can be bought from UAE Exchange, Al Ghurair Exchange, Al Fardan Exchange, KM Trading, as well as q-tickets.com.
About Abu Dhabi Cricket
Abu Dhabi Cricket Club is supported by Abu Dhabi Sports Council and operates under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan. The Club is ushering in an exciting new era of cricket in Abu Dhabi with significant investment in facilities and operational upgrades.
Abu Dhabi Cricket Club (ADCC) was founded on 20th November 1996, with the impressive Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, named by global cable and satellite sports television channel ESPN as among the world’s best, being completed in 2005.
The Stadium’s inaugural international match was staged between India and Pakistan in April 2006 and was attended by 20,000 enthusiastic fans. The Stadium has since seen hundreds of domestic and international matches from the passion of Pakistan vs. India games to the party of the Indian Premier League to the celebrations of Afghanistan’s victory in last year’s Desert T20 tournament. The Stadium has also been used by several international associations as a winter training ground, most notably by the England Cricket Board.
Recent investments to develop the facility will ensure that the Stadium will be known for more than cricket. Indeed, Abu Dhabi Cricket will become the home for a range of coaching academies, clubs, groups and schools for football, touch rugby, tennis, netball, basketball, squash and much more.
About Abu Dhabi Sports Council
Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC) was established in 2006 by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.
ADSC is aligned to the emirate’s leadership vision to develop sport and youth activities. The Council promotes an effective, emirate-wide sports calendar that stimulates the desire to participate in quality sports among all Abu Dhabi residents and helps the talented and motivated reach their sporting potential.
The Council also hosts and supports the staging of international world-class sporting events. These include: the annual Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship; the Formula 1TM Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix; the ITU World Triathlon Series; both the Abu Dhabi and Gary Player Invitationals; the FIBA 3×3 World Tour Final; the Red Bull Air Race; the Mubadala World Tennis Championship; the 2017 and 2018 FIFA Club World Cups; the 2019 AFC Asian Cup UAE and the UCI WorldTour event, The Abu Dhabi Tour.
We at ADSC firmly believe that sporting events deliver a host of benefits for the emirate and its residents. These span improved health and wellness, the building of community spirit, the discovering of local talent and the delivery of international exposure of the emirate as a world-class sporting events hub.