Asia Cup 2018: Dubai Sport City's Fan Park is perfect place to watch the action

David Cooper 10/09/2018
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Dubai Sports City are inviting cricket fans to watch the eagerly anticipated Asia Cup 2018 at their Fan Park located in the Sports Village from September 18.

The tournament, which will be hosted at Dubai International Stadium and Zayed Cricket Stadium from September 15, will be shown at the fully air-conditioned Dome in Dubai Sports City from September 18 – 28, including the highly anticipated India v Pakistan meeting as well as the final. The first game to be broadcast at the Cricket Fan Park will see India play in their first qualifying match against the recently qualified Hong Kong.

Organisers are promising an electric, festival atmosphere at the Fan Park with music, beverages, food trucks and stalls serving a selection of Asian and continental dishes, including a traditional chaat station, all available to purchase. There will also be a kids’ area and gaming zone to keep the whole family entertained.

Entry to the 700-capacity venue is free of charge for fans of all ages and will be filled with the colourful flags of the teams competing, as well as a host of cricket-themed branding and activities.

Visitors to the Fan Park will be able to cheer on their team in a thrilling stadium atmosphere. Doors to the Fan Park will be open from 14:00 and will stay open until the early hours of the morning.

Please note that access to the venue will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Asia Cup is a one-day international cricket tournament, meaning each match contains innings of 50 overs. This will be the 14th running of the event and the third time it has been held in the UAE – the previous two being in 1984 and 1995.

Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Hong Kong will contest the competition.

Dubai Sports City is a unique master development spread over 50 million square feet offering world-class facilities in sports, commercial and residential real estate.

Conceptualised as the world’s first fully-dedicated sports-themed community, Dubai Sports City offers a multitude of choices for sports enthusiasts and professional athletes alike. These include everything from state-of-the-art sports venues and international sporting events to top of the line sports academies, providing a platform for youth development and recreational sporting facilities alongside residential projects like Victory Heights and Gallery villas.

What: Dubai Sports City’s Fan Park, Asia Cup 2018

Where: Dubai Sports City

When: September 18-28

Contact: Visit www.facebook.com/KickersDSC

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Captain Joe Root and Alastair Cook were unbeaten at stumps on Sunday.

Captain Joe Root and Alastair Cook were unbeaten at stumps on Sunday.

Alastair Cook can dream of a 33rd Test century in the final innings of his record-breaking career after steering England to stumps against India at The Oval.

Cook was still battling away unbeaten, on 46, as he so often has throughout his 161 Tests, in a total of 114-2 as England extended their overall lead to 154 after bowling India out for 292.

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9:30 pm – Ball changes frustrate India

The Indian team were left frustrated after two ball changes out of a total of three in the final session of Day Three of the final Test at The Oval left them with a less responsive cherry.

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5:45pm – Hong Kong granted ODI status for Asia Cup

There was good news for the Associate side as the ICC granted them ODI status for their participation of the Asia Cup on Sunday. Hong Kong defeated UAE in Thursday’s Qualifier final to book their berth in the main stage but their matches would not have been classified as internationals. Read more on that story here.

Hong Kong bowler Ehsan Khan (r).

Hong Kong bowler Ehsan Khan (r).

3:30pm – ECB hoping to use Alastair Cook’s expertise as an adviser

When Alastair Cook lays down the bat for the final time on Monday, England’s national selector Ed Smith is keen to tap into the former captain’s knowledge in the future. Read more on that story here.

England national selector Ed Smith (c) hopes to work with Alastair Cook again

England national selector Ed Smith (c) hopes to work with Alastair Cook again

1:45pm – Jimmy Anderson fined for showing dissent

The English pacer will have to dig into his pockets after being fined following his outburst on day three. The veteran bowler was fined 15 per cent of his match fee has for expressing his disappointment to the umpire when Virat Kohli was not given lbw. Read more on that story here.

Anderson has been fined 15 per cent of his match fee.

Anderson has been fined 15 per cent of his match fee.

12:30pm – Shaheen Afridi among the players to watch at the Asia Cup

There’s just a few days to go until the battle for Asia Cup begins in the UAE. The continent’s best stars (minus Virat Kohli) will be in action over the next fortnight and besides the big names, there’s plenty of players who will be looking to steal the headlines. We compile a list of which players to watch. Read the feature here.

Shaheen Afridi is waiting for his ODI cap

Shaheen Afridi is waiting for his ODI cap

12:15pm – Alastair Cook offered commentary gig for England’s tour of West Indies

The retiring batsman has been offered a commentary role, according to reports. The former England captain, who will end his international career after the fifth Test against India, could be behind the mic for the team’s tour of West Indies. Read more on that story here.

Cook could be turning towards commentary soon.

Cook could be turning towards commentary soon.

11:15am – Ben Stokes’ disciplinary hearing set for December

The England all-rounder will discover whether he will be banned by the ECB following his involvement in the nightclub brawl when he faces the ECB bosses in a hearing in December. Stokes was found not guilty in court last month but could still face punishment from the country’s governing body. Read more on that story here.

Stokes' disciplinary hearing will get underway on December 5.

Stokes’ disciplinary hearing will get underway on December 5.

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James Anderson then dismissed Pujara for 37 after his inswinger was edged behind to Jonny Bairstow, leaving India with plenty to do.

Two overs later, Anderson got Ajinkya Rahane out for a duck with India 103-4 in 34 overs.

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