Dubai Sports City is to host the International Cricket Council’s World Twenty20 Qualifier in February, it has been announced.
Dubai International Cricket Stadium, which is part of the $5bn Dubai Sports City development, will now host 11 out of 17 qualifying matches in the UAE, including six group stage matches, four Super Four matches, and the series event final.
The ICC WT20 Qualifier involves two groups of four teams with Ireland, Scotland, Afghanistan and the USA making up Group A while Kenya, the Netherlands, Canada and the UAE will make up Group B.
The winners from both groups will qualify for a place in the ICC World Twenty20 to be staged in Barbados, Guyana and St. Lucia in the West Indies in April and May.
The Dubai International Cricket Stadium opened in April 2009 and the ICC Global Cricket Academy is part of Dubai Sports City’s Academies Campus, which is due to open in the first quarter of 2010.