The UAE had Adnan Mufti to thank for after his heroic century saw them end their World Cricket League campaign with a 63-run victory over Nepal on Friday.
On a day where the UAE batsmen really struggled with five of the top six batsmen failing to reach double figures, Mufti entered the crease at 39-5 and delivered when it really mattered to score his first ton in a List A 50-over match.
At the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, he scored 104 runs, including eight boundaries and three sixes off his 89 balls while vital 37 from Mohammad Bootha saw them score 195.
Ultimately, Mufti’s score proved to be the difference as Nepal were all out for 132 with Amjad Javed the pick of the bowlers with 3-23.
The result saw the hosts leapfrog Nepal into sixth position following Wednesday’s victory and Mufti was delighted to have made the difference for a winning cause.
“You know I’ve been in this situation so many times now,” said the No.7 batsman.
“In my very first game, I did that and every time we have a batting collapse, I’m in the same situation. Now I’m used to this and it was my day because every shot I played it came off.”
The 32-year-old added: “I knew the Nepal bowlers were doing really well but we needed some runs on the board and I just wanted to adjust to the wicket for the first three overs and then play aggressively. We rotated the strike and it was my plan to play each ball as it comes and play it well. It paid off and happy to have scored my century.”
The International Cricket Council Academy at Dubai Sports City announced on Tuesday that registrations for the second term of its flagship coaching programme, The Warriors, is now open.
The second term will begin on January 9, 2018. Players that sign up for the 15-week programme will receive a blend of coaching, physical preparation and game-play, under the guidance of ICC Academy’s internationally-qualified Level 3 and Level 4 coaching staff.
In addition, every player will receive a full set of training kit, a workbook, regular feedback from their coaches, eligibility for selection in the Warriors teams and Emerging Player Programme and a 50 per cent off voucher for a 1-1 training session.
ICC Academy head of cricket development and Level 4 coach, Qasim Ali, commented: “The first term of the new season of the Warriors programme has been incredibly successful and we’ve had over 400 players working with our coaches on a weekly basis.
“Our newly-revised player pathway, supported by our newly established, professional coaching staff have truly taken the coaching available at ICC Academy to the next level. We have the best training environment in world cricket and we’re very proud to be able to offer the opportunity for all of our players to experience it, supported by expert cricket coaching.”
Ali added: “Being based at the ICC Academy offers so many opportunities for young players. Our Warriors regularly rub shoulders with world class players and train alongside them, this weekend for example, some of our players were fortunate enough to work with former Rajasthan Royals and current Gujarat Lions batting coach, Monty Desai, another group of players trained at the Dubai International Stadium – we’re always looking to make sure we offer world class experiences and support.”
As part of the ICC Academy’s commitment to developing the next generation of cricket stars, 10 young players were chosen to take part in the International Cricket Council Academy’s player development programme, The Warriors, and were awarded a full, one-year scholarship at the ICC Academy.
This included three training sessions a week at the academy based in Dubai Sports City, full access to its world-class facilities, including the Powerbase gym, and professional coaching and mentoring by highly trained ICC Academy staff.
Selected after two days of trials, which attracted more than 200 youngsters, the 10 developing players aged 13-17 years old have been honing their skills at the world-class facility this past season and will be continuing their development throughout term 2.
Will Kitchen, the ICC Academy manager, summarised what the Warriors programme is all about by saying: “We listen very carefully to what parents and players want from their cricket coaches and from an Academy in general. At the same time, we’re fortunate to be very closely involved in international and professional cricket, including the UAE National Team, who are based full, time at ICC Academy, along with their coaching staff.
“On that basis, we believe our programme offers unrivalled coaching, in a world class environment; we cater for people that play for sheer enjoyment, as well as those that aspire to play professionally, we really are unique on that basis.”
The #ICCAcademy‘s Warriors scholarship squad take advantage of the custom-built PowerBase #gym at their facilities to up their game and perform at their best. Term 2 begins Jan 9th and registration is now open. Spaces are limited! Click here to book! https://t.co/nYa7pKKkiR @ICC pic.twitter.com/8VFsiVG6ch
— ICC Academy (@ICCAcademy) November 29, 2017
“I expect that Warriors programme to be over-subscribed for Term 2, I think news of the quality of our coaches, coaching and venue has travelled fast, so I’d urge every player that is keen to get the best blend of training, games and support to register early and make sure they are able to enjoy what we have to offer.”
Selected Warriors also got the opportunity to be ball boys at the Pakistan v Sri Lanka matches which took place at the Dubai International Stadium.
The Warriors pathway to success has effectively trained 35 students across the 12, 14, and 16 EPPs and 8 students in the main scholarship programme, showing that the Warriors is more than just a cricket programme.
There’s an early-bird offer to those who register between November 26 to December 24 for ICC Academy Warriors – Term 2 and they will be rewarded with 10 per cent cashback (SCORE).
WHERE – ICC Academy, Dubai Sports City
WHEN – January 9, 2018 (15-week programme)
AGE RANGE – Warriors Programme – 6-18 years & Cricket Cubs Programme – 3-6 years
HOW TO REGISTER – http://www.iccacademy.net/iccacademy/warriors2017-2018/
The great warrior race of Marathas is all set to resume battle, but on a fresh battle ground, the cricket fields of the UAE.
Named the Maratha Arabians, a franchise in the upcoming T10 Cricket League to be played over 10-overs-a-side, the squad featuring some of the world’s best known cricketers will do battle in the six-team tournament from December 14-17.
Maratha Arabians is co-owned by Parvez Khan of Pacific Ventures, Bollywood Actor/Producer/Director Sohail Khan and Ali Tumbi of Aqua Properties.
Sehwag leads a squad featuring a number of stars including former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara, Pakistan’s stars Mohammed Amir and Kamran Akmal. Former Pakistan captain
Wasim Akram is the head coach and mentor of the squad with former England/Scotland cricketer Dougie Brown supporting him as the assistant coach.
The squad consists of players from nine countries including India, England, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, South Africa, Netherlands and UAE.
The tournament is being staged under the aegis of the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB), with official approval of the International Cricket Council (ICC).
Here’s what our captain @virendersehwag has to say to all #MarathaArabians fans & fellow teams. Get ready to see him in action at the @T10Cricket in Sharjah Cricket stadium. #AalaReAala pic.twitter.com/bu4thhyj8g
— Maratha arabians (@MarathaArabians) November 14, 2017
Speaking at the launch of the jersey, Sehwag said: “It is indeed a fresh start for cricket. I am excited about this format because it will be a lot of fun to play the kind of cricket I love. The fact that the tournament aims to entertain the fans at large fits in well with me because that has been my philosophy always. I look forward to rubbing shoulders with the best in the world once again at a historic venue like Sharjah.”
Maratha Arabians Co-owner Sohail Khan said: “Cricket has always been close to my heart. So when this opportunity came along, I was only too happy to get associated. It is a brilliant concept and as a team owner it provides us an excellent opportunity to maximise the popularity of the sport further. We have a fantastic squad with an iconic captain. It cannot get better than this.”
This is the second such association for Parvez Khan with a legendary Indian cricketer, after Pacific Ventures recently launched a Cricket Academy in Dubai with Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
The MS Dhoni Cricket Academy (MSDCA) has been in operation for a couple of months at the Springdales School in Dubai. The former India captain, Dhoni, himself inaugurated the Academy during his recent visit to Dubai.
— T10 League (@T10LeagueTweets) November 5, 2017
Squad: Virender Sehwag (captain/icon/India), Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka), Mohammed Amir (Pakistan), Alex Hales (England), Lendl Simmons (West Indies), Imad Wasim (Pakistan), Krishmar Santokie (West Indies), Rilee Rousouw (South Africa), Roelof van der Merwe (Netherlands), Kamran Akmal (Pakistan), Mohammed Sami (Pakistan), Hardus Viljoen (South Africa), Ross Whiteley (England), Shaiman Anwar (UAE), Zahoor Khan (UAE); Head Coach and Mentor: Wasim Akram; Assistant coach: Dougie Brown (England); Manager: Abdul Latif Khan
Schedule of T10 Cricket League (All local UAE timings)
14 December 2017
Opening Ceremony from 1800 hours
Bengal Tigers v Kerala Kings
Maratha Arabians v Pakhtoons
15 December 2017
Bengal Tigers v Punjabi Legends from 1600 hours
Maratha Arabians v Team Sri Lanka from 1800 hours
Punjab Legends v Kerala Kings from 2000 hours
Pakhtoons v Team Sri Lanka from 2200 hours
16 December 2017
Team 1 of Group A v Team 3 of Group B from 1600 hours
Team 3 of Group A v Team 1 of Group B from 1800 hours
Team 2 of Group A v Team 2 of Group B from 2000 hours
Bottom 2 Teams of both the groups combined will play off for the 5th and 6th place from 2200 hours
17 December 2017
First Semi Finals: – Team 1 overall v Team 4 overall – match starting at 1730 hours
Second Semi Finals: – Team 2 overall v Team 3 overall
Followed by closing ceremony