UAE hope to keep fine run

After their recent successful tours to Canada and Singapore, UAE will look to continue their good run against Namibia in their final Pepsi Intercontinental Cup match starting from September 22-25 at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.

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Published: Sun 22 Sep 2013, 10:27 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 9:11 AM

Saqib Ali is one of the mainstay performers in the UAE team. —  KT fileUAE will also play the two final one-dayers of the World Cricket League Championship on September 27 and 29 at the same venue.

The hosts, who are currently in seventh position with 40 points, will eye for an outright victory but a good performance here also can help UAE to focus on their crucial one-dayers.

In the WCL points table, UAE are at present placed in fifth place with 14 points. They have to seal both the matches if they were to fancy any chances of making it to the 2015 World Cup. That apart, UAE’s fate will also depend on the performances of Afghanistan who play Kenya at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on October 2 and 4, Scotland who face Ireland and Netherlands who meet Canada.

The top two sides from WCL qualify directly for the World Cup, which is to be held in Australia and New Zealand. With Ireland having already seized the first qualification spot, four sides — UAE, Scotland, Netherlands, and Afghanistan — are all capable of claiming the critical second position.

The bottom six teams from championship will receive a second chance to qualify at next year’s ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier in New Zealand, where they lock horns with Hong Kong, Nepal, Papua New Guinea and Uganda for the final two spots in the World Cup.

The team underwent rigorous training at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium over the past couple of weeks to get acclimatised to the new turf that was laid recently.

Coach Aaqib Javed said: “The team is preparing well. We will do our best but there are some things which we really can’t control. The boys have done well in the recent past and that should give them further confidence to continue with the good work.”

Team

  • UAE: Khurram Khan ©, Saqib Ali, Shaiman Anwar, Muhammad Azam, Nasir Aziz, Mehrooz Khan, Rohan Mustafa, Muhammad Naveed, Swapnil Patil, Ahmed Raza, Saqib Hussain Shah, Muhammad Shafiq, Kamran Shahzad, Shadeep Silva. Coach: Aaqib Javed. Physio; C S Sudhaker; Video Analyst: Shah Hussain; Manager: Irfan Ansari.

Schedule

  • September 22-25: ICup, UAE v Namibia, Sharjah Cricket Stadium
  • September 27: WCL Championship (First one-dayer), UAE v Namibia, Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
  • September 28: Reserve Day
  • September 29: WCL Championship (Second one-dayer), UAE v Namibia, Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
  • September 30: Reserve Day



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