UAE to play their first T20I against Australia in Abu Dhabi

Shane Watson takes a catch in the slips to dismiss Swapnil Patil Getty Images

UAE will play their first T20I against Australia, by hosting them in Abu Dhabi on October 22. It precedes Australia's three-T20I series against Pakistan in the UAE that starts from October 24.

The game was handed T20I status after both Cricket Australia and the Pakistan Cricket Board sanctioned the move. It will start at 2pm local time at the Abu Dhabi Zayed Cricket Stadium (Oval 1) ground, with free entry to the ground.

"We are delighted to be in a position to announce this fixture and we are extremely grateful to the ICC for their support in accrediting the Abu Dhabi Oval for T20 international cricket at such short notice," Zayed Abbas, Emirates Cricket Board spokesperson said. "Our thanks also goes out to to Cricket Australia for approaching this opportunity so positively, and especially to the Pakistan Cricket Board for permitting this match during their home tour in the UAE with Australia. It has been an incredible effort from all parties to bring this match to fruition."

Waleed Bukhatir, UAE chief selector, said: "This match will provide an exceptionally good test for our players. We need them to be put under pressure and for them to focus more intently by being challenged by higher ranked, leading teams within our game. To do so it is vitally important for the Full member countries, and the ICC to support and provide the Associates with such opportunities."

UAE have played 26 T20 internationals with nine wins and 17 losses. Their last T20I assignment was against PNG at home in April 2017, when they swept the series 3-0.