Emirates Cricket Board sign agreement with ANIB for their players

Denzil Pinto 14/12/2017
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Al Nabooda Insurance Brokers, (ANIB), and the Emirates Cricket Board, (ECB), have signed an insurance agreement where ANIB will provide Emirates Cricket’s centrally contracted players with medical insurance coverage during their local and international fixtures.

The agreement also sees ANIB named as Official Insurance Supplier.

Zayed Abbas, Emirates Cricket spokesperson, said: “We are delighted to announce our partnership with ANIB. Together, Emirates Cricket and ANIB have been working diligently to create a unique and comprehensive sports specific medical insurance cover, which includes extensive coverage of possible sport related injuries protecting our players and coaching staff.

“Emirates Cricket has been very selective in which insurance provider we chose to partner with, and we are exceptionally pleased ANIB saw the potential in creating such a unique solution, and stepped up to create an affordable way to ensure our players are fully covered.”

Sukumar Rajagopal, managing director of ANIB, added: “We are extremely happy to have been able to provide a reliable solution for ECB’s requirement. Our global reach, has come in handy, yet again, to tailor and provide the best fit insurance. It also gives us great pleasure to be a supplier to the ECB and their players. We have always been supportive towards the growth of the game in the region. This is another tremendous opportunity for us to continue working towards the development of the game in the UAE and to take care of our players.”

Daniel Jason, Senior VP, Brand & Media, said: “It gives ANIB a great sense of pride, to associate with our country’s international cricketers. As our young and talented team, journeys towards becoming a force to be reckoned with internationally, brand ANIB will quietly delight in their achievements and be ready to support when required.”

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Dwayne Bravo to replace Kumar Sangakkara in Maratha Arabians squad for T10 Cricket League

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Maratha Arabians have announced that West Indies’ talismanic all-rounder Dwayne Bravo has been drafted into the squad for the upcoming Heera T10 Cricket League.

Bravo will replace Sri Lankan legend Kumar Sangakkara, with the 40-year-old pulling out for personal reasons.

Maratha Arabians, co-owned by Parvez Khan of Pacific Ventures, Bollywood Actor/Producer/Director Sohail Khan and Ali Tumbi of Aqua Properties, will do battle against some of the world’s best known cricketers in the six-team tournament from December 14-17 in Sharjah.

Legendary India opener Virender Sehwag is the icon and captain of the franchise, leading a side featuring a number of stars including Mohammad Amir and Kamran Akmal.

Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram is the head coach and mentor of the squad with former England and 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 the UAE.

The tournament is being staged under the aegis of the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB), with official approval of the International Cricket Council (ICC).

Speaking about the inclusion of Bravo, Sehwag said: “It is a disappointment that Kumar will not be with us during the tournament. He is an invaluable asset for any side. We are equally fortunate to have a top-class all-rounder like Dwayne Bravo replace Kumar.”

Head Coach and mentor Akram added: “We are fortunate that we are able to replace an outstanding cricketer like Kumar with someone like Dwayne Bravo. Dwayne is one of the genuine all-rounders in limited-overs cricket who has really made a mark for himself. I am sure that Dwayne will add a lot of value to the side. We welcome him into the franchise with a lot of excitement.”

Squad: Virender Sehwag (captain/icon/India), Dwayne Bravo (West Indies), Mohammad Amir (Pakistan), Alex Hales (England), Lendl Simmons (West Indies), Imad Wasim (Pakistan), Krishmar Santokie (West Indies), Rilee Rossouw (South Africa), Roelof van der Merwe (Netherlands), Kamran Akmal (Pakistan), Mohammad 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; Manager: Abdul Latif Khan 

SCHEDULE OF T10 CRICKET LEAGUE
(All matches to be played in Sharjah)

December 14

Opening Ceremony – from 6pm

Bengal Tigers v Kerala Kings

Maratha Arabians v Pakhtoons

December 15

Bengal Tigers v Punjabi Legends  – from 4pm

Maratha Arabians v Team Sri Lanka – from 6pm

Punjab Legends v Kerala Kings – from 8pm

Pakhtoons v Team Sri Lanka – from 10pm

December 16

Team 1 of Group A v Team 3 of Group B – from 4pm

Team 3 of Group A v Team 1 of Group B – from 6pm

Team 2 of Group A v Team 2 of Group B – from 8pm

Bottom 2 Teams of both the groups combined will play off for the 5th and 6th place – from 10pm

December 17

First semi-final: – Team 1 overall v Team 4 overall – match starting at 5.30pm

Second semi-final: – Team 2 overall v Team 3 overall – following conclusion of first semi-final

Final

Followed by closing ceremony

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Mufti's ton gives UAE win over Nepal

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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.”

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