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Abu Dhabi Twenty20 tournament to begin on Friday

Abu Dhabi: The Fastlink Mobile Twenty20 Tournament presented by Ace International will get underway from Friday at the domestic grounds.

Thirty two teams will be split into eight groups and the top two teams from each group will qualify for the knockout stage.

All matches will be held on Fridays and will begin at 8am and 1.45pm. A total of 63 matches will be played, including pre-quarter finals, quarter-finals, semi finals and a final. The tournament is expected to last nine weeks.

The winners will be awarded Dh10,000 and a trophy and the runners-up Dh5,000 and a trophy.

There will be many other cash awards and trophies for best batsman, best bowler, man of the tournament, man of the matches (from quarter-finals onwards) and the man of the final.

Wajahat Hussain, president of the Abu Dhabi Cricket Council, thanked Fastlink Mobile and Ace International for their support.