||Eight teams set to battle it out for AED8000 in prize money; matches every Thursday and Friday nights for the next six weeks
ICC GCA General Manager David Jenkins: "The best indoor players in the UAE are gearing up to set the synthetic surface on fire here at Dubai Sports City and we cannot wait"
DSC General Manager - Sports Business Maqbul Dudhia: "The Midnight League is the first of three superb indoor cricket tournaments at the ICC Academy this summer, and with football, touch rugby and boxing all happening at the Football Dome this month it means we really are all geared up for a superb summer of sport at Dubai Sports City."
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A brand new event on the calendar starts this weekend at the ICC Academy at Dubai Sports City with the beginning of the Midnight League.
Staged at the region's only world-class indoor cricketing facility, the Midnight League will feature eight local teams going head-to-head for six weeks in an all-play-all format.
Matches get underway at 8pm every Thursday and Friday night with the last match each night in the league stages finishing at 12.45am.
The top side at the end of those league stages will go straight through to the Grand Final on Friday night, 21 June, while the sides finishing second and third will meet the previous night, 20 June, for the right to join it.
Looking ahead to the start of the tournament, ICC Academy General Manager David Jenkins said: "The best indoor players in the UAE are gearing up to set the synthetic surface on fire here at Dubai Sports City and we cannot wait.
"We are expecting a mass of energy and entertainment as the eight teams battle for indoor supremacy and a winning cash prize of 8000 AED."
Fans of the action who cannot make it to the ICC Academy to watch - entry is free - can keep up to date with the action where every ball counts by following the event on Twitter @ICCAcademy, or liking facebook.com/ICCCricketAcademy.
There will be regular Twitter updates with the hashtag #ICCAMidnightLeague.
Dubai Sports City General Manager Maqbul Dudhia said: "The ICC Academy's large indoor facilities mean that we can offer cricket that is as close to the outdoor format of the game as it is possible to get without actually being outside.
"The advantage of being indoors, in addition to keeping cool during the summer, is that it adds an intimacy and intensity to proceedings with that feeling that every ball counts.
"The Midnight League is the first of three superb indoor cricket tournaments at the ICC Academy this summer and with those, plus the ongoing action at the Football Dome, with football, touch rugby and boxing all happening this month, we are really are all geared up for a superb summer of sport at Dubai Sports City."