The Australian Cricket Team are all set to take on the host UAE national side for the first time in a one-off T20 International.
On Thursday (October 17), the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) has confirmed that the UAE national side will play a historic one-off T20I against Australia to be played on Monday (October 22) at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
The historic match has been awarded official status by the International Cricket Council (ICC) after both Cricket Australia (CA) and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) sanctioned the move.
Zayed Abbas, an ECB spokesperson, said of the latest development, “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.”
He further added, “Our thanks also go to Cricket Australia for approaching this opportunity so positively, and especially to the Pakistan Cricket Board for permitting this match during their home tour in the UAE with Australia. It has been an incredible effort from all parties to bring this match to fruition.”
Meanwhile, it will be a golden opportunity for the UAE players will have the opportunity to test themselves against the world's leading T20 layers likes of Aaron Finch, Glenn Maxwell, Andrew Tye, Chris Lynn, and Adam Zampa.
Waleed Bukhatir, the UAE selector, believes that the UAE players need to be put under pressure and "focus more intently by being challenged by higher-ranked, leading teams" in international cricket.
Noteworthy, the entry for the one-off T20I will be free, which will be essentially serving as an exhibition game for the UAE, and an opportunity to play a top side after they narrowly missed out on an Asia Cup spot to Hong Kong in the qualifiers in Malaysia last month.