Every week, we feature a top performer from the extensive pool of cricket talent in the United Arab Emirates.
From the many blossoming cricketers in the region, we name a standout player from each round of the U-17 league organised by the Emirates Cricket Board.
Arjun Sawant is our award winner this week after his match-winning performance helped G-Force Academy to a massive 140-run win over MaxTalent Cricket Academy on Saturday.
The right-arm off-spinner took six wickets for just 14 runs in his 4.3 overs to help dismiss the opposition for a paltry 48 after his side posted 188 in the first innings.
The 15-year-old managed two maidens during his spell, going for an economy of 3.11.
He exhibited safe hands as well, taking three catches, two of which were off his own bowling.
The head coach at Sawant’s academy, Gopal Jaspara shed some light on the rising star.
“He’s been with G-Force Academy for four years and has been consistently performing as a bowler,” Jaspara said.
Apart from his talent with the ball, Sawant his handy while wielding the bat as well as his coach pointed out.
“He’s also scored one fifty in this tournament. He’s not only a bowler but a batsman as well.”
That knock was an unbeaten 53 from 45 balls against ICC Academy in the previous round.
G-Force Academy was started in 2001 and has been a popular name in developing promising young cricketers in the UAE.
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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.”