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Meet and Greet Hospitality Packages and New Fan-Pit Seating Released to Support Megastar. Mammootty to Kick Off 10 days of Incredible Cricketing Action in Abu Dhabi.

Mammootty, the globally acclaimed Indian mega star, has been announced as the latest big name to light up Zayed Cricket Stadium at the opening ceremony concert of the Abu Dhabi T10.

Mammootty has appeared in over 400 films and in a career spanning over four decades, will touch down in the UAE capital as part of a star-studded line-up of artists who will launch the inaugural Abu Dhabi T10 with a concert on Thursday, November 14.

Mammootty joins an impressive all-star cast of celebrities featuring legendary Pakistani musician Atif Aslam, Bollywood star Nora Fatehi, South Indian model and actress Parvati Nair and Bangladeshi film favourite Shakib Khan.

“Cricket has always been a big part of my life, and I am incredibly thrilled to be part of this unique event in Abu Dhabi,” said Mammootty.

“I’m always energised and excited by the opportunity to reach fans across different parts of the world. It’s going to be a spectacular show, one that I know fans will love and won’t forget in a hurry.”

The opening concert will last two hours, with music, dance and star-filled line-ups celebrating the Abu Dhabi T10’s arrival in the capital. Audiences can avoid disappointment by purchasing tickets now, with special ‘meet and greet’ hospitality released together with fan-pit seating, enabling fans to get up close and personal with the megastar.

Matt Boucher, CEO of Abu Dhabi Cricket, commented: “Our target for the inaugural Opening Ceremony Concert was to deliver to the fans an all-cast line up of stars from South Asia. Mammootty’s presence confirms the opening Abu Dhabi T10 concert as one of the largest South Asian extravaganzas in the UAE this year. Mammootty is an actor with gravitas, style and a huge fan following who’ll relish the chance to see him live at Zayed Cricket Stadium. We cannot wait to welcome fans and Mammootty to an incredible 10 days of T10 cricket in Abu Dhabi.”

Following the opening concert, the first day of action will see Yuvraj Singh’s Maratha Arabians taking on the defending champions Northern Warriors and newcomer Team Abu Dhabi facing off against Shahid Afridi’s Qalandars.

About Abu Dhabi T10

Abu Dhabi T10 is a professional ten-over format cricket league launched by T10 Sports Management and licensed by the Emirates Cricket Board and approved by the International Cricket Council (ICC), the governing body of international cricket. It is the first ever internationally approved ten-over format league.

Matches have a 10-over-a-side format and a duration of 45 minutes a side, totalling 90 minutes of play. The tournament is played over ten days, with a round robin followed by semi-finals and the final. In August 2018, the International Cricket Council (ICC) officially sanctioned the league.

About Abu Dhabi Cricket

Abu Dhabi Cricket (ADC) is supported by Abu Dhabi Sports Council and operates under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Bin Mubarak Al Nahayan.

ADC is ushering in an exciting new era of cricket in Abu Dhabi with significant investment in facilities and operational upgrades. In addition to the iconic Zayed Cricket Stadium the venue now boasts the following impressive facilities: 2 x floodlit nursery cricket ovals, international standard cricket nets facility, 4 x floodlit netball courts, 5-a-side “Soccer City”, 4 x multi-purpose floodlit AstroTurf pitches and 5 x FIFA approved grass, floodlit football pitches.

ADC was founded on 20th November 1996, with the impressive Zayed Cricket Stadium, considered among the world’s best, being completed in 2005. The Stadium’s inaugural international match was staged between India and Pakistan in April 2006 and was attended by 20,000 enthusiastic fans.

Zayed Cricket Stadium has hosted numerous domestic and international matches since that day. The electric atmosphere of the Pakistan vs. India match was rivalled when the Indian Premier League arrived in 2014.

2018 saw the stadium’s biggest season to date with over 75,000 fans flooding the stands throughout the 2018 ACC Asia Cup, Pakistan vs. Australia series, Pakistan vs. New Zealand series and of course the inaugural Abu Dhabi T20 – during which six of the world’s biggest T20 franchises descended upon the UAE capital to vie for championship honours.

Though cricket is at the core of operations, ADC also prides itself on the world-class facilities available, catering to sportsmen and women of all ages and abilities from elite international players to community sports enthusiasts.

In addition to the international cricket season that was, ADC has also welcomed and hosted the likes of the England and Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB) England Lions for their 2018 tour of the UAE, New Zealand’s All Black 7s and Black Fern 7s rugby teams ahead of the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby 7s (of which both teams emerged champions) and Japan, Oman, Syria, China, Yemen, Iran, Thailand, India and South Korea’s football training camps ahead of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.

The facility has also been used by several other international associations as a winter training destination, most notably many professional English County teams who return year after year for their pre-season camps.

The recent investments to develop the facility have truly ensured that ADC is known for more than cricket. Indeed, Abu Dhabi Cricket has become the home for a range of coaching academies, clubs, groups and schools for football, touch rugby, netball, basketball, squash and much more.

About Abu Dhabi Sports Council

Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC) was established in 2006 by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

ADSC is aligned with the emirate’s leadership vision to develop sport and youth activities. The Council promotes an effective, emirate-wide sports calendar that stimulates the desire to participate in quality sports among all Abu Dhabi residents and helps the talented and motivated reach their sporting potential.

The Council also hosts and supports the staging of international world-class sporting events. These include: the annual Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship presented by EGA; the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix; the ITU World Triathlon Series; the Gary Player Invitational; the Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open on the Ladies European Tour, the Red Bull Air Race; the Mubadala World Tennis Championship; the 2017 and 2018 FIFA Club World Cups UAE; the 2019 AFC Asian Cup UAE and the UCI WorldTour event, The UAE Tour.

We at ADSC firmly believe that sporting events deliver a host of benefits for the emirate and its residents. These span improved health and wellness, the building of community spirit, the discovering of local talent and the delivery of international exposure of the emirate as a world-class sporting events hub.

Whether it is land, sea or air, we have sport covered.

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