Emirates Cricket Board on Sunday announced that the law firm Pinsent Masons will sponsor othe ECB’s Emirati Development Programme (EDP).
Working closely with the Ministry of Education’s Curriculum Development Unit (Physical and Health Education), four schools have been identified to bring the EDP into Dubai Emirati schools commencing late November.
“Emirates Cricket is exceptionally pleased to announce we have partnered with Pinsent Masons to bring Cricket to Emirati boys across Dubai.
“We are very grateful they resonate with the values that cricket imparts to the community as well as to the individual, and we are delighted they have shown commitment to developing and growing the indigenous grass-roots talent through the EDP. We look forward to building a strong, long-term relationship with them.” said Zayed Abbas, UAE Cricket Spokesperson.
Dubai-based schools that will see the program delivered include, Abdulla Bin Anas Elementary School for Boys, Ahmad Bin Slyem Boys School, Al Ahmadiah Model School, and Al-Qiyam Boys Model School.
Leading the program is Emirates Cricket Development Manager, Andrew Russell, with Emirates Cricket Development Officer, Shahzada Saleem (Qasim) attending one school, per day per week, coaching the students in the values and life skills cricket brings, as well as the components of the game itself.
Rameez Shahzad and Laxman Sreekumar struck vital half-centuries as the UAE successfully chased 313 to complete a 5-0 series whitewash over Zimbabwe ‘A’ on Saturday.
With the series already sealed following Monday’s victory, the hosts had an opportunity to maintain their perfect run in the five-match series. But they had to do it the hard way in what was arguably their toughest test in the series.
Zimbabwe’s four of their top-five batsmen got going with Chamunorwa Chibhabha (60), Prince Masvaure (53), Tarisai Musakanda (70) and Peter Joseph Moor (75) all scoring half-centuries to set an imposing total of 312-9 in their 50 overs.
With a tricky chase, it was number four and five batsmen Rameez Shahzad and Sreekumar who put the UAE back in control. Shahzad scored 61 runs while Sreekumar hit 54 before Adnan Mufti smashed a valuable 46 as the UAE reached their target in the 48th over with four wickets to spare.
For Sreekumar, it was his first series since the Oman games in May, due to injuries and was delighted to play his part in helping the team reach a giant target at the ICC Academy.
“It was the first time the UAE were chasing more than 300 runs,” said the 31-year-old. “It was really difficult. When I came onto the crease, we had to get around 150 runs and I planned my innings well with Rameez and Adnan Mufti which saw us win the game.”
Bengal Tigers and Kerala Kings will kick off the inaugural T10 Cricket League next month after the fixtures were announced by organisers on Saturday.
The new competition takes place at Sharjah Cricket Stadium from December 14 to 17 with Bengal Tigers, led by Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed taking on a Kerala Kings side that features Eoin Morgan in the opening fixture.
On the same day, Maratha Arabians, which features Virender Sehwag and top-pick Mohammad Amir, meet Pakhtoons.
The following day, four matches will take place starting from 16:00. Punjab Legends, which will see the likes of Carlos Braithwaite and Hasan Ali in action, make their debut against Bengal Tigers, followed by Maratha Arabians’ fixture against Team Sri Lanka at 18:00.
Punjab Legends will again be back on the field when they take on Kerala Kings at 20:00 with Pakthoons clash against Team Sri Lanka at 22:00.
The remaining two days will see the tournament reach the play-off and knockout stage with the semi-final and final scheduled for December 17.
Organisers also confirmed each bowler will only be allowed to bowl a maximum of two overs with teams awarded two points for a win, and one for a draw. If the match ends in a tie, the game will be determined by super over.
18:00, Opening Ceremony
Bengal Tigers v Kerala Kings
Maratha Arabians v Pakhtoons
16:00, Bengal Tigers v Punjabi Legends
18:00, Maratha Arabians v Team Sri Lanka
20:00, Punjab Legends v Kerala Kings
22:00, Pakhtoons v Team Sri Lanka
17:30 – Semi-finals and final