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Arabian Cricket League Draw Unveiled

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This March begins the Arabian Cricket League, the ICC Academy’s first ever outdoor Twenty20 Tournament.

Consisting of eight teams, the ACL consists of eight teams drawn into two pools of four sides apiece. The four teams will play each other once, with the teams that finish in the top two positions going through to the semi-finals.

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Seven of the teams that are currently at the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand – Pakistan, Australia, New Zealand, Afghanistan, Ireland, Scotland and the United Arab Emirates – all used the world-class outdoor facilities at the ICCA over the last few months.

The winners of the two semi-finals will then face-off in a finale played under floodlights at the ICCA’s Oval pitches, which in the past have seen many teams partake of its surface.

In fact, seven of the teams that are currently at the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand – Pakistan, Australia, New Zealand, Afghanistan, Ireland, Scotland and the United Arab Emirates – all used the world-class facilities at the ICCA over the last few months.

ICC Academy Manager William Kitchen was delighted with the concept of this new tournament. “This will go a long way in raising the profile of cricket in the UAE. T20 is the latest form of cricket and has been rapidly accepted by mainstream cricket fanatics and I am sure this will catch on very quickly in the region.”

The four teams have been divided into the following pools:

Pool A: Al Faraa, Danube Lions, One Stop Tourism, Alubond Tigers

Pool B: Grand Midwest, Interface, Fly Emirates, Ibsons

The Arabian Cricket League will take place from the 22nd of February to the 20th of March, 2015. All matches will be under floodlights at the Ovals of the ICC Academy. All sides are guaranteed a minimum of three matches and with the winner receiving AED20,000 and the runner-up AED10,000 there is every incentive for teams to excel. Entry to the Arabian Cricket League was open to all Dubai Cricket Council ‘A’ Division teams.

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