Shah named interim UAE coach

Denzil Pinto 27/09/2016
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Extended run: Owais Shah.

The 37-year-old began his stint yesterday and will continue through to October 10, overseeing all training sessions and the practice match against West Indies at Dubai’s ICC Academy, to be played on October 3-4.

Shah is no stranger to the team, having worked as a batting consultant for five days before their matches against Scotland last month.

ECB chief selector and board member, Waleed Bukhatir said: “Owais worked with the senior Men’s players in Hampshire, ahead of their Scotland campaign, and has built a strong understanding of their current playing abilities.

“We are confident this interim appointment will enable him to continue the work he began, ensuring their programme continues uninterrupted.”

He brings in a vast amount of knowledge, having scored 25,000 runs in all formats during his 17-year career.

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UAE U19s romp to win over Hong Kong

Denzil Pinto 21/09/2016
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Figy (l) earned a call-up after stunning performances in last season's NSL.

Having beaten the same opponents by seven wickets on Tuesday, the hosts kept the momentum going into their 50-over encounter at ICC Academy.

Figy, who scored more than 2,000 runs last season, showed his potential by smashing 69 runs from 83 deliveries in a knock that included seven boundaries as the UAE were all out for 208 batting first.

That total would have been less competitive were it not for a valuable 43-run innings from captain Yodhin Punja.

In reply, Hong Kong struggled and were all out for 139 in 44 overs. Shakeel finished with figures of 4-29 as the UAE won by 69 runs.

Figy was named man of the match and was pleased with his performance.

“It’s a great feeling to score a 50 in the Under-19 national team,” said the all-rounder.

“It’s a great achievement but I will carry on working hard. It wasn’t easy to bat on this wicket but I applied myself. We lost a few wickets and I just thought of staying at the crease and rotating the strike. That was all that mattered.”

Figy also praised team-mate Punja for his late knock.

“We required that finish from him and that got us up to that mark which we could defend.”

The UAE will be aiming to end their three-match series on a highwhen the two teams meet in Dubai on Friday.

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UAE bowlers deliver knock-out blow on HK

Denzil Pinto 21/09/2016
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Krishna Lakhani, who was named man of the match, was the standout bowler with four wickets, while captain Yodhin Punja and Aryan Lakra each claimed three as Hong Kong were all out for 168 in 48 overs.

The UAE lost Lakra (20), Ali Mirza (29) and Fahad Nawaz (36). But the hosts were always in control at the ICC Academy as unbeaten knocks from Jonathan Figy (33) and Lakhani (26) saw them home inside 40 overs.

Lakra, the youngest member of the 16-man squad, was delighted to get off to a winning start.

“We bowled pretty well and we never let them score runs,” he said. “We had the upper hand early on in the match and when they were six wickets down, they still scored runs but once we got the wickets it was hard for Hong Kong to come back.

“We knew it was going to be a hard match as they are a strong side. The conditions were not easy as it was hot for all of us. It was good team effort.”

The two teams meet again on Wednesday in the second encounter and Lakra hopes to carry on his good form.

“It was a pretty good game for me as a UAE national player,” said Lakra. “Now having won the match, I hope I can continuing playing well and inspire the UAE to more victories.”

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