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Adam Hollioake, Sharjah

England will play their first competitive matches in the UAE since Adam Hollioake's side won the 1997 Sharjah Tournament

The ECB today announced that England will play two Twenty20 internationals against Pakistan in Dubai next month ahead of their forthcoming tour to Bangladesh.

England Lions are also scheduled to tour the United Arab Emirates next month, and their programme of matches will include Twenty20 contests against England, UAE and Pakistan A followed by a further three 50-over matches against Pakistan A.

ECB managing director of cricket Hugh Morris said: “We are delighted to have agreed in partnership with Pakistan Cricket Board and Dubai Sports City for such a comprehensive programme of cricket in the UAE for both England and England Lions.

“The two T20 Internationals against the current world champions in this format of the game will be an exciting challenge for the England team and provide important additional T20 international experience before the next ICC World Twenty20 tournament in the Caribbean in April.

“The combination of three T20 matches and three 50-over matches for the England Lions team, to be played at Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi, will also provide those players with an excellent opportunity to push their case for selection for the England one-day side as we continue to build not only for the World Twenty20 in West Indies later this year but also for the ICC World Cup in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.”

Following the second T20 against Pakistan, England will fly from Dubai to Dhaka on February 21 for the three match one-day international series versus Bangladesh, where they will complete their preparation period playing two 50-over tour matches on February 23 and 25 before the first ODI on February 28.

The 25,000-seater Dubai International Cricket Stadium will play host to Pakistan and England in the two T20 internationals next month.

The stadium has been widely acclaimed within the cricket world and will host the first international cricket by England in UAE since Adam Hollioake led the ODI squad to victory in the Sharjah Tournament in December 1997.

Morris added: “We have received extremely positive reports about the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, are very grateful to Dubai Sports City for their co-operation and I am sure that the England team will be looking forward to playing at the venue and experiencing its world class facilities.”

Full schedule

England in UAE

Feb 14: Teams arrive in Dubai

Feb 15-16: Practice
Feb 17: Pakistan A v Pakistan, T20, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Feb 17: England v England Lions, T20, Abu Dhabi
Feb 18: Practice, Dubai International Stadium

Feb 19: Pakistan v England, 1st T20 (D/N), Dubai
Feb 20: Pakistan v England 2nd T20 (D/N), Dubai

Feb 21: England depart for Bangladesh

England Lions v Pakistan A in UAE

Feb 7: Teams arrive in Dubai; Travel to Sharjah

Feb 8: Practice, Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium, Sharjah
Feb 9: England Lions practice, Sharjah
Feb 9: UAE v Pakistan A, T20, Sharjah
Feb 10: Pakistan A practice, Sharjah
Feb 10: UAE v England Lions, T20, Sharjah
Feb 11: Practice, Sharjah
Feb 12: England Lions v Pakistan A, Sharjah
Feb 13: Practice, Sharjah
Feb 14: England Lions v Pakistan A, 2nd T20, Sharjah
Feb 15: Practice, Abu Dhabi
Feb 16: England Lions v Pakistan A, 3rd T20, Abu Dhabi
Feb 17: Pakistan A v Pakistan, T20, Abu Dhabi
Feb 17: England v England Lions, T20, Abu Dhabi
Feb 18-20: Practice, venue TBC
Feb 21: Practice, Dubai
Feb 22: England Lions v Pakistan A, 1st 50-over, Dubai
Feb 23: Practice, Dubai
Feb 24: England Lions v Pakistan A, 2nd 50-over, Dubai
Feb 25: Practice, Dubai
Feb 26: England Lions v Pakistan A, 3rd 50-over, Dubai

Feb 27: Teams depart

England in Bangladesh 2010, updated schedule

Feb 21: Team arrives, Zia International Airport, Dhaka

Feb 22: Rest and practice, venue TBC
Feb 23: Warm-up match v BCB XI, Narayanganj Osmani Stadium, Fatullah
Feb 24: Rest and practice, TBC
Feb 25: Warm-up match v BCB XI, Narayanganj Osmani Stadium, Fatullah
Feb 26: Rest and practice
Feb 27: Rest and practice, Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka

Feb 28: Bangladesh v England, 1st ODI, Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka
Mar 1: Rest and practice, Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka
Mar 2: Bangladesh v England, 2nd ODI, Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka
Mar 3: Travel to Chittagong, Jahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong
Mar 4: Rest and practice, Jahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong
Mar 5: Bangladesh v England, 3rd ODI, Jahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong

Mar 6: Rest and practice, Jahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong.
Mar 7-9: Warm-up match v Bangladesh A, MA Aziz Stadium, Chittagong
Mar 10-11: Rest and practice, Jahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong

Mar 12-16: Bangladesh v England, 1st Test, Jahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong
Mar 16: Travel to Dhaka
Mar 17-19: Rest and practice, Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka
Mar 20-24: Bangladesh v England, 2nd Test, Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka

Mar 25: Depart from Zia International Airport, Dhaka, to England