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Abu Dhabi keen to join the ODI bandwagon

New Delhi: Cricketís growing global circuit is set to expand further early next year when Abu Dhabi stakes its claim to host one-day Internationals at its new state-of-the-art facility.

Local officials hope to rope in world champions Australia, New Zealand and India for the inaugural event in April after a soft-launch in March featuring matches between Indian and Pakistani veterans. The 20,000-seater Sheikh Zayed cricket stadium is being hailed as a marvel of modern architecture and one of the sportís most glittering arenas.

The complex boasts of expansive dressing rooms for players, floodlights, hospitality suites. The centre-square, comprising eight wickets, is complimented by top-grade practice facilities just outside the main stadium. (AFP)

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