As the UAE celebrates the momentous occasions of Martyr’s (November 30) and National Day (December 2), Abu Dhabi Cricket will mark the occasion with a cricketing fest.
Starting on November 29, Abu Dhabi will witness six matches across different competitions featuring UAE, Nepal, Afghanistan, Kenya and the United States. Fans can enjoy this cricket bonanza for free during the National Day Week.
Commencing the cricket fest, the UAE will take on Afghanistan in their ICC Intercontinental Cup 2015-17 clash at the Zayed Cricket Stadium from November 29 to December 2, 2017. This is a four-day first-class match.
So far, Afghanistan are unbeaten in the ongoing edition of the Intercontinental Cup. Meanwhile, the UAE are coming off victories against Namibia and Papua New Guinea in their recent games.
The hosts will then move onto the shorter format to face Nepal in two ICC World Cricket League Championship 2015-17 matches on December 6 and 8 at the Zayed Cricket Stadium.
These matches will be 50-over List A encounters and food concessions will be arranged for the convenience of the fans during these clashes.
Matthew Boucher, the Acting CEO of ADC said: “The recent success of the Pakistan-Sri Lanka bilateral series has given a new heartbeat to cricket in the Emirate and we are pleased to have more international games in Abu Dhabi. We at Abu Dhabi Cricket are always proud to host the UAE, particularly during this momentous occasion of National Day and invite the fans to join in the cricketing celebration.”
In addition to that, the USA, Kenya and Nepal will compete in a 50-over tri-nation tournament from December 1 to 3. These matches will take place at the Nursery Oval 2 within the ADC facility.
“One of our aims is to help the game grow and such tournaments are crucial to that endeavour. This is an important assignment for the USA, Nepal and Kenya as they continue their climb on the cricketing ladder,” Boucher said.
Leading up to the tri-series, team USA will conduct a training session with the players at the Zayed Cricket Academy on November 30.
Boucher added: “It is great to have the USA team share their experiences with the Zayed Cricket Academy boys and girls. This session will help the youngsters work on their skills and get inspired by players who are representing their country.”
The following is the schedule of the upcoming matches at Abu Dhabi:
ICC Intercontinental Cup
UAE vs Afghanistan – Zayed Cricket Stadium – November 29-December 2, 2017 – 09:30 AM start
TRI-Nation One-Day Tournament
USA vs Nepal – Nursery Oval 2 – December 1, 2017 – 9:00 AM start
USA vs Kenya – Nursery Oval 2 – December 2, 2017 – 9:00 AM start
Kenya vs Nepal – Nursery Oval 2 – December 3, 2017 – 9:00 AM start
ICC World Cricket League Championship
UAE vs Nepal – Zayed Cricket Stadium – December 6, 2017 – 10:00 AM start
UAE vs Nepal – Zayed Cricket Stadium – December 8, 2017 – 10:00 AM start
UAE all-rounder Natasha Michael says it’s a surreal feeling that the team have reached the next stage of the Women’s World Twenty20 qualifiers in their first ICC tournament.
A 34-run victory over Malaysia yesterday saw the UAE book their place in today’s final of the World Twenty20 Asian qualifiers against hosts Malaysia.
But more significantly, having finished in the top two of the competition, the UAE will fly to the Netherlands early next year for the Global Qualifiers – the final qualifying tournament for the 2018 showpiece event in West Indies.
The win over Malaysia in Bangkok made it four wins out of five after beating China, Nepal and Hong Kong earlier in the week and the achievement adds to an impressive list for the UAE women’s side, who only entered their first competition in 2007.
Since then, they have won two back-to-back Gulf Cup titles as well as reaching the final of the UAE Women’s International Cup in Sharjah last December.
They can now look forward to matches against the likes of Ireland, Scotland and Bangladesh in next year’s Global Qualifiers. For all-rounder Natasha Michael, who has been involved in the set-up since making her debut as a 12-year-old a decade ago, she ranks the qualification as the best ever.
“I don’t actually think it’s hit me that we’ve actually qualified for the Global Qualifiers in Netherlands next year,” said the 23-year-old.
“It feels very surreal that this is actually happening and this doesn’t compare to the other cups that we’ve won before. As much as they’re equally important to get us to this stage, this has been a dream that we’ve been chasing for the past 10 years, so for us to defeat teams like Hong Kong, Malaysia, Nepal, it’s by far the icing on the cake.”
Against Malaysia, Nisha Ali delivered another player-of-the-match performance for the third time in the competition. The 36-year-old scored an unbeaten 36 followed by a two-wicket haul as Malaysia fell short of the UAE’s 84-run target.
Michael insists yesterday’s result proved they are executing their game plan and hopes they can end their tournament on a high against Thailand today.
“It just shows that hard work pays off and we went in with a plan and we executed it,” he said. “We are glad to play cricket and it comes down to what steps are being taken because you need to have a Plan A and Plan B. The key to our success has been planning and how all the girls have come up with ideas.”
The 28-year-old is currently captaining the team during the ongoing Test series in India and will bring a wealth of experience to the brand-new 10-over format.
The first match for Chandimal and his men will be against the Maratha Arabians at 6pm on Friday, December 15.
Backing-up their skipper in the list released by the Sri Lankan Cricket Board are hard-hitting and part-time leg-spinner Dilshan Munaweera as well as middle-order batsman Kithruwan Vithanage.
Angelo Perera, who jump-started his career with a century for the under-19s against Bangladesh in 2009, will also feature alongside left-hander Shehan Jayasuriya .
Team members also include: Nipun Karunanayake, Wanidu Hasaranga, Kasun Madushanka, Vishva Fernando, Sachithra Senanayaka, Alankara Asanka, Ramik Rambukwella, Bhanuka Rajapaksha, Shehan Madushanka Devapurag and, Lahiru Gedara.