DUBAI Two Pakistani music figures - Abrar-ul-Haq and Strings- have been invited by the hosts to entertain the fans ahead of the Cool & Cool Cup Twenty20 Internationals between world champions Pakistan and New Zealand later week. Abrar will perform ahead of the first match at the Dubai Stadium on Thursday, November 12. Strings will play before the second encounter, which will take place on Friday, November 13. Dubai Sports City General Manager Sports Business Maqbul Dudhia said: We want fans to have a great night out so we are delighted to have Abrar and Strings. Twenty20 is all about entertainment and having these top-class acts alongside some of the worlds best cricketers means that the fans coming to these matches will enjoy a feast of entertainment on both nights. With Abrar and Strings performing and Pakistan, the world champions in this format of the game, in action, it means a ticket for the matches represents great value for money and both evenings will be very special occasions for Dubai Sports City and the UAE, he said. Abrar-ul-Haq is a pioneer of Bhangra music in Pakistan and his work has seen an explosion in the popularity of Punjabi music in the country, a popularity that continues today. He is best known for his debut single Billo De Ghar, and he also sings in English and Urdu. Strings, the duo of Faisal Kapadia and Bilal Maqsood, have been one of Pakistans top musical performers of the past decade. Strings have already been associated with cricket in the past, performing at the launch function for the ICC Champions Trophy in Pakistan in 2008 before the tournament was postponed and then shifted to South Africa where it was held in September and October of this year.