Legends Virender Sehwag and Shoaib Akhtar bring the best of cricket to Dubai

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The two former rivals are set to come together for an insightful evening.

Cricket aficionados in Dubai will be in for a treat come Thursday when the first-ever Colors Cricket Conclave is held in the city.

Fans of the game have the chance to be a part of an intimate evening featuring legends from the world of cricket’s fiercest rivalry.

Former India opener Virender Sehwag and Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar will recount old tales of their rivalry and shed light on their illustrious careers in a conclave moderated by notable television presenter and commentator Gaurav Kapoor.

The three-hour long event will be accompanied with a buffet dinner and will be followed by an exclusive meet and greet with the two hugely popular cricketers along with a photo session where fans will get a chance to get up close and personal with the stars.

Known for his uncomplicated approach to batting, Sehwag carved an international career as an opening batsman by flaying bowlers to all parts of the ground. In a 12-year long spell in the Indian national team, Sehwag registered 22 and 15 tons in Test and ODI cricket respectively. He holds the record for the most double tons in Tests by an Indian batsman along while notching up two triple-hundreds.

The former opener is as equally uncomplicated off the pitch as he is on it, and is known to speak his mind.

The former rivals will go head to head in a different battle this time.

The former rivals will go head to head in a different battle this time.

Pitted against him will be Pakistan’s Shoaib Akhtar, a man who has broken the 100 mph barrier not once, but twice. Fondly known as the ‘Rawalpindi Express’ for his devastating pace, he never strayed too far from the headlines over the course of his 14-year long career for India’s arch-rivals.

His battles with India’s batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar had enthralled fans of both nations and indeed the cricket fraternity as a whole. The moment that best described Akhtar was his lethal spell in front of a packed house at the Eden Gardens when he clean-bowled Tendulkar for a golden duck after rattling the stumps of Rahul Dravid.

Hosted by Colors Live, the live events division of Indiacast, the conclave is the first of its kind.

“Colors Cricket Conclave is our first event for 2018 and we’re very excited to introduce this unique cricket concept which will host two sides to the cricket story – a world-renowned batsman and a legendary bowler from two rival countries.

“We have received great support and appreciation from our South Asian audiences as they unite at our on-ground events in the Middle East. Fans can expect more fantastic live event experiences in the next few months which will be innovative and exciting for the market,” business head for Colors Cricket Sachin Gokhale said.

General fans can get in touch with Colors Live for tickets to the event.

WHAT: Colors Live Cricket Conclave

WHEN: 22nd March, Doors open at 7 pm

WHERE: Le Meridien Hotel, Garhoud – Dubai

CONTACT: [email protected]

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City Football Schools offer their first free sessions in Dubai

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City Football Schools in action.

For the first time, budding young footballers will now be able to learn the Manchester City way, for free, in Dubai thanks to coaching sessions taking place this spring.

The sessions which are aimed at children aged between five and 16, will take place across two different venues; Hartland School, Nad Al Sheba and Sunmarke School, JVT from March 26-April 3.

Simon Hewitt, City Football School’s Head of Football Operations, said: “It’s great to be able to offer free coaching sessions to children based in Dubai as there’s a lot of talent throughout the Emirate.

“The coaching sessions we are offering are built upon the philosophy and training program of the Manchester City Academy which offers young players, the opportunity to improve their football skills, make friends, stay healthy and have lots of fun under the guidance of fully qualified City Football coaches.

“The sessions are free and open to both boys and girls, however places are limited so I would encourage anyone wanting to register to do so quickly.”

Sessions will commence at Hartland School, Nad Al Sheba from Monday, March 26 to Thursday, March 29 before moving to Sunmarke School, JVT on Friday, March 30 and Saturday, March 31.

The final sessions will take place on Sunday, April 1 and Tuesday, April 3, again at Sunmarke School, JVT.

Young footballers wanting to take part in the free sessions must register by emailing [email protected] to secure their place.

Please note that sessions will be offers on a first-come, first-served basis.

Built on the philosophy and training program of the Manchester City Academy, City Football Schools offer children an opportunity to improve their football skills, stay healthy, make friends and have lots of fun under the guidance and supervision of fully qualified City Football coaches.

What: City Football Schools

Where: Hartland School, Nad Al Sheba and Sunmarke School, JVT

When: March 26-April 3

Contact: www.uae.cityfootballschools.com

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Take to the court and be part of the Abu Dhabi Tennis Cup at Zayed Sports City

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Get on court in the UAE capital.

Here’s your chance to be part of the region’s largest mass-participation tennis competition with the Abu Dhabi Tennis Cup returning next month.

To be held between April 1 to 27 at Zayed Sports City, the tournament has become one of the most popular events not just in the UAE but across the region. And with registration closing on March 25, you can see for yourself why it’s highly-rated.

Powered by Under Armour and supported by Wilson, it is unique because players can enter in multiple categories – allowing juniors to play with older players while also testing themselves against the best in the country.

“This year is particularly exciting for the Abu Dhabi Tennis Cup because Under Armour is powering the tournament,” said Tony Kouris, general manager at Zayed Sports City.

“They’re a great brand and to have their support, as well as that of Wilson, who has been behind us since day one, really speaks to the calibre of the event. Every year since 2013 the cup is becoming more and more popular, such as a 20 per cent increase in registrations last year. The 2018 edition will have an even stronger turnout, representing the full range of possibilities in the sport, from kids in their first tournament to former pro players and coaches.”

He added: “The Abu Dhabi Tennis Cup is one of the ways Zayed Sports City is helping to improve the profile of tennis in the UAE. With great professional events, such as the Mubadala World Tennis Championship, helping to increase interest, we saw that there was no community tournament with the same excitement. It has all of our favourite parts of a great tournament: challenging players at your same age or ability, or even those with professional experience; meeting other tennis players from around the country and region; and of course the excitement from competition itself. This combination also supports building the tennis community to be even stronger, and it has a snowball effect.”

There are 20 categories on the schedule across different age groups for juniors and adults. There’s even more reason to sign up considering all winners will be awarded with some attractive prizes.

Entry fees vary by division, from Dh84 to Dh158, with matches scheduled on weekday nights and weekends.

“Everyone who plays tennis can find a way to participate in the Abu Dhabi Tennis Cup,” added Kouris. “It’s all about participation, challenge, and the community spirit of a lifelong sport. It’s a balance of everything that a tennis player looks for. There are elements of development, socialisation and of course exhilaration of the contest itself. We are really honoured to be putting this on and welcome everyone to join us.”

What: Abu Dhabi Tennis Cup

Where: Zayed Sports City

When: From April 1

Contact: For more information or to register visit www.zsc.ae.

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