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Sponsors line up for Pakistan series

Next week's games in the UAE against South Africa drawing on strong commercial interest

  • By K.R. Nayar, Senior Reporter
  • Published: 00:00 October 19, 2010
  • Gulf News

Misbah-Ul-Haq
  • Image Credit: AHMED KUTTY/Gulf News archive
  • Pakistan batsman Misbah-Ul-Haq (pictured) will lead the Pakistan Test squad while Shahid Afridi will lead the T20 and One-day team.

Dubai: The Pakistan-South Africa cricket series, to be played in the UAE from next Tuesday, seems to be enjoying a good backing from the sponsors.

While the series will be known as the Cool and Cool Series after an agreement between the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and the makers of this hygiene products based in the UAE, a number of other companies have stepped in.

Cool and Cool had been sponsoring Pakistan's cricket series in the UAE since last year while they have also been involved with PCB in various sponsorship capacities.

The series will commence with two Twenty20 tournaments at the Shaikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi next Tuesday and Wednesday.

This will be followed by two one-dayers on October 29 and October 31.

Bank Alfalah, which has been supporting the PCB for so many years, is the presenting sponsors for the event while Procter & Gamble and Mobilink have also signed up to be the co-sponsors of the series.

Both these multinational organisations too have been backing Pakistan cricket.

The PCB stated that they are looking forward to continuing to build on the strong foundations that exist between the PCB and its partners for the development and promotion of cricket.

After the two T-20 and two One-dayers in Abu Dhabi, the action will shift to Dubai from November 2 with the third one-dayer of the series.

This will be followed by the fourth and fifth One-dayers and the first Test match at the Dubai Sports City International Cricket Stadium.

Misbah-Ul-Haq will lead the Pakistan Test squad while Shahid Afridi will lead the T20 and One-day team.

Fixtures

Tuesday Octoberober 26: 1st T20I at Shaikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi

Wednesday October 27: 2nd T20I at Shaikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi

Friday October 29: 1st ODI at Shaikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi

Sunday October 31: 2nd ODI at Shaikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi

Tuesday November 2: 3rd ODI at Dubai International Cricket Stadium

Friday November 5: 4th ODI at Dubai International Cricket Stadium

Monday November 8: 5th ODI at Dubai International Cricket Stadium

Friday November 12 to Tuesday November 16: First Test at Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

Saturday November 20 to Wednesday November 24: Second Test at Shaikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi

Comments (1)

  1. Added 17:52 October 19, 2010

    This great series is for sure going to be a big challenge for the 'green shirts' who are currently passing through a rough and tough time. Nevertheless, I am fully convinced that they will not disappoint their global and domestic fans and strive hard to win all games against South Africa. As they say in America,"When the going gets tough, only the toughest get going." This is the high time and the right time for the Pakistani team to prove with 'real on-the-field action' that no matter what's happening 'off-the-field', they are still a force to reckon with in today's cricket world.

    Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad, St. Peters, Missouri - USA, United States

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