Khan praises leadership qualities shown by captain Javed

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Amjad Javed led by example as UAE notched up good results.

Javed, 35, has made an instant impact since taking the armband in the T20 format in February.

In his first game against Scotland, the all-rounder struck 76 and took three wickets as the UAE won by nine runs, before a historic five-run triumph over Ireland in Abu Dhabi – their first in 15 years over the European outfit.

His troops defied the odds by beating Afghanistan, Hong Kong and Oman to claim the lone automatic spot for the Asia Cup main round in Bangladesh.

As the weakest side on paper against the continent’s Asian heavyweights, the UAE proved they were no pushovers, providing stern tests in their losses to Sri Lanka and Pakistan before being outclassed by Bangladesh and eventual winners India in the group stage.

Their performances did not go unnoticed with opposition players and coaches praising the UAE’s efforts. And former team-mate Khurram was happy by how Javed, who finished as top wicket-taker in the tournament with 12 scalps, settled into his new role.

“Before the Asia Cup, the team was good but they were just not clicking,” said the ex-skipper, who retired from international duty in June last year.

“The most interesting thing was Amjad Javed’s leadership skills. It was amazing and he took the initiative and changed everything.”

Besides playing together for the national side, both were team-mates at Emirates on the domestic circuit and the 44-year-old was bowled over by Javed’s qualities.

“Definitely, I’m surprised by how well he’s done in a short time,” said the Khurram, who was named 2015 ICC Associate and Affiliate Cricketer of the Year.

“I have played under his captaincy when I was playing for Emirates and even during those days, the team wasn’t doing so well and then he took charge and did well in some matches and leagues. He did exceptionally well for the UAE and I have the utmost respect for him.”

He added: “The one thing I like about him is that he’s aggressive. When I was captaining the UAE, he was one of those guys that if the team was not doing well and the bowlers were getting hammered, he would ask for the ball and say he can do the job and get the guy out. Even in batting, he wasn’t afraid of playing the big shots and he has that strong initiative that he wants to make a difference.

“He bowled and batted very well at the Asia Cup. He led from the front and everyone responded to him. The guys performed very well and everything is now coming together under his captaincy. I definitely think there’s a bright future.”

Ahmed Raza, who was part of the 15-man squad for the competition, remains captain of the four-day and 50-over formats and Khurram believes the spinner will have learnt a lot from Javed.

“The whole Asia Cup experience will benefit Raza,” he said.

“Ahmed will have seen that the team has gelled well and the players have performed extremely well.

“He will have taken a lot of positives from this because there was no pressure on him. He wasn’t the captain and he will have learnt a lot from Javed. Raza is a fantastic captain and this must have been a great learning curve for him.”

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UAE name squad to compete in Emirates Airline Twenty20 tournament

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The UAE will come up against English county cricket heavyweights Lancashire and Yorkshire.

Emirates Cricket Board have announced their 14-man squad ahead of the Emirates Airline Twenty20 tournament, which takes place later this month.

The UAE will be taking on English County Champions and defending Emirates Airline Twenty20 holders, Yorkshire, 2015 T20 Blast winners Lancashire and the MCC, whose team is captained by Ian Bell and also includes Sri Lankan legend Kumar Sangakarra.

The squad is as follows:

1 – Ahmed Raza

2 – Shaiman Anwar
3 – Swapnil Patel
4 – Amjad Javed
5 – Rohan Mustafa
6 – Rameez Shahzad
7 – Muhammad Usman
8 – Mohammad Ayaz
9 – Qadeer Ahmed
10 – Shabbir Ahmed
11 – Mohammad Shahzad
12 – Mohammad Naveed
13 – Mohammad Qasim
14 – Imran Haider

For more information on the tournament and to purchase tickets, click here.

The event takes place at the Sevens Stadium in Dubai on Friday March 18.

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Yorkshire name 18-man Emirates Airline Twenty20 squad

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Ready for action: Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie.

The White Rose county will play in the Emirates Airline Twenty20 and the four-day Champion County match against the MCC, starting on Sunday March 20.

The team travel out to the Emirates on Friday March 11 and return to Headingley on Thursday, March 24.

Yorkshire will be looking to retain the Emirates Airline Twenty20 trophy, which they won last year – defeating Lancashire Lightning at the semi-final stages and Sussex Sharks in the final. The tournament, held at Dubai’s Sevens Stadium, takes place on Friday March 18.

The Vikings take on the MCC in the second semi-final with the UAE national side hosting Lancashire in the first semi-final. Live scores and streaming will be available in due course.


Jason Gillespie’s squad will be without Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root and David Willey.








Yorkshire UAE Tour Squad 2016


The quartet will be in India representing England in the ICC World T20. Test wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow is also missing after being rested following his winter commitments with the England Test and One-day squads.


All-rounder Matthew Waite and Academy wicketkeeper Jonathan Read will both be touring for the first time with the senior squad.


“We are excited and looking forward to returning to the Emirates for our pre-season tour,” said First Team Coach Jason Gillespie.



“Despite some of our international players away with England and Jonny (Bairstow) being rested after an intense winter with the national side, we are taking a strong squad to the UAE with a great mix of young guys coming through alongside the established senior players.


“After spending most of the winter in the indoor facilities at Headingley, the lads are ready to get some sun on their backs and play and train in some of the best facilities in the world.


“With a good spread of cricket across all formats, the tour will be ideal preparation for us going into a busy English summer.”




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