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15 Apr, 2009 Australian Star Says Squad Will Need to Prove Themselves During The Chapal Cup

The Australian vice-captain, Brad Haddin, says that the whole squad will need to prove themselves during the Chapal Cup against Pakistan, if they want to be selected for the Twenty20 World Cup and Ashes Series.

The Australians will arrive in the UAE, fresh from a one-day Series defeat against South Africa, determined to justify their places in the squad ahead of a vital summer of cricket.

"This Series is very important to Australia when you look the players who have been recalled to the side," said the Australian wicket-keeper. "Andrew Symonds is coming back for his first game in a while, and Shane Watson, Brett Lee and Shaun Marsh will all be looking to impress with the World Cup and Ashes just around the corner."

"It is going to be a really exciting Series especially with Brett Lee and Shoaib Akhtar going head to head. Both have bowled at speeds of more than 160 kmph, so to watch them close-up will be quite a sight," he added.

Haddin has stamped himself in the side as the long-term replacement to Adam Gilchrist. The 30 year old has already recorded more than 50 catches in both one-day internationals and the Test arena, with an impressive batting average of over 30 runs in both forms of the game.

"I really hope everyone comes out for the Series. I know there will be a lot of Pakistan fans, but many Australians also live and work in the UAE, including my brother and his wife. I am really looking forward to meeting up with them," said Haddin.

The first one-day international to ever take place in Dubai will be played on Wednesday, 22 April 2009 to launch the new venues, with the second match also there on Friday, 24 April.

The Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi will then host the teams for the last three one-day internationals, Monday, 27 April, Friday, 1 May and, Sunday, 3 May.

The Chapal Cup Series is then completed with a spectacular one-off Twenty20 match at Dubai Sports City's Cricket Stadium on Thursday, 7 May.

Tickets are still available through the Sind Punjab restaurant in Dubai, Pak Ghazi restaurant in Dubai and Sharjah, Uttam Restaurant in Sharjah, A.J. Sports in Dubai and Sharjah, Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Dubai Sports City and all UAE branches of Karachi Darbar.

You can also get tickets from the following outlets in Abu Dhabi: all Ibrahimi restaurants, Murree Sweets, Pak Nemat Kada, Pak Land Food Stuff, United Bank, Al Mansoor Video, Ahmed Al Arab restaurant and Malex Exchange.

Tickets for the Series are still on sale through www.boxofficeme.com (+971) 4 367 6699 and www.timeoutdubai.com, 800 4669.

Prices range from just AED 50 up to AED 950 for the most exclusive seats. Corporate hospitality packages are also available from Dubai Sports City on (+971) 4 425 1111 and Abu Dhabi Cricket Board on (+971) 2 558 8331.

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