Cricket fans, next week could be a big deal for you

Pakistan's Sarfraz Ahmed and team mates celebrate winning the ICC Champions Trophy

Cricket fans have plenty to look forward to over the next fortnight, but might need to book some time off work to enjoy it all.

Pakistan and Sri Lanka will go head-to-head out at the Dubai International Stadium in Sports City this Friday in a five-day Test match series, followed by a one day international (ODI).

The game on Friday, 13th October (anyone superstitious?) will be Pakistan’s first ODI since winning the Champions’ Trophy in June this year, so fans can see their star performers hopefully revive memories of victory against India earlier this year.

Both matches to be played in new day-night format – a first for Sri Lanka – with the test running from Friday, 6th to Tuesday, 10th of October. Games will start at 3pm every day and finish under floodlights late in the evening, so hopefully followers of both teams will be able to catch more of the games (and, let’s be honest, it’s still pretty hot out there during the day).

Tickets start from just AED 20 and AED 50 for the ODI. Super fans might want to snap up season packages to enjoy both, which are being introduced for the first time, and are priced from AED 90.

Of course, because Dubai, if you want to hear the thwack of leather on willow in luxury, VIP suites that hold 24 people start at AED 9,600 per day for the test series and AED 38,000 for the ODI. Here sports lovers will be in line with the bowler’s arm while they enjoy a three-course buffet and outdoor balcony.

If you haven’t been to Sports City recently, it’s growing fast and the one-kilometre Canal Promenade is now buzzing with shops and restaurants. For fans wanting to indulge in some post-game analysis nearby Kickers Sports Bar, in the Football Academy Building, is open until 2am.

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