Ghulam Shabbir and Rohan Mustafa efforts not enough as Canada stun the UAE in Division Two

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Ghulam Shabbir’s half-century and Rohan Mustafa’s five-wicket haul went in vain as Canada stunned the UAE by 23 runs in their World Cricket League Division Two clash on Friday.

The UAE had gone into their match at Windhoek, Namibia, buoyed by an impressive 218 thrashing over Kenya on Thursday but they were unable to replicate the result against the Canadians.

Set 209 to win, the UAE would have fancied their chances of reaching the target but their batsmen struggled to make an impact. Only four players reached double figures, with Shabbir top-scoring with 55 from 92 deliveries.

Despite returning to the field after coming off for a thumb injury, skipper Mustafa was unable to save his team as the UAE were all out for 186.

Mustafa, who took 5-34 earlier in the game, lamented the batting performance but backed his team to bounce back strongly and keep their hopes of claiming the top two spots for the World Cup Qualifiers.

“The batsmen went for some shots which we should not have gone for,” said the 29-year-old. “I think it was easy to chase 209 and there was no big required run-rate. The boys should learn from that because we don’t have many more chances (if we want to qualify). We are all quite upset and I think we’ll come back hard.”

He added: “I think that not to reach 209 was quite frustrating for us as a team. The boys are really upset but we should not think too much about this defeat. We should think positively and forget the negativity of this game.”

The UAE will next face Nepal on Sunday.

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Team-by-team guide and verdict for ICC World Cricket League Division Two

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The UAE will be one of six teams aiming to continue their road of qualifying for the 2019 World Cup when they compete in the ICC World Cricket League Division Two from Thursday.

Only the top two nations will advance to the Qualifiers where the likes of West Indies and Ireland await next month in Zimbabwe.

Here we look at all six sides and our verdict of where they will finish.

UAE

Rohan Mustafa

Rohan Mustafa

Captain: Rohan Mustafa
ODI Ranking: 13
How they qualified: Relegated from World Cricket League Championship (fifth).
Verdict: First. On paper, one of the strongest sides in the competition. Rediscovering their best form and should deliver.

Kenya

Rakep Patel

Rakep Patel

Captain: Rakep Patel
ODI Ranking: N/A
How they qualified: Relegated from World Cricket League Championship (fifth)
Verdict: Second. Unlucky to miss out on reaching the Qualifiers but did beat champions Netherlands and Hong Kong

Namibia

Sarel Berger

Sarel Berger

Captain: Sarel Berger
ODI Ranking: N/A
How they qualified: Relegated from World Cricket League Championship (last)
Verdict: Third. Might have finished bottom of the WCLC but with home conditions could spring a surprise.

Nepal

Paras Khadka

Paras Khadka

Captain: Paras Khadka
ODI Ranking: N/A
How they qualified: Relegated from World Cricket League Championship (Seventh)
Verdict: Fourth. Lost to both UAE and Kenya in December and will need series of team efforts to continue their road.

Oman

Sultan Ahmed

Sultan Ahmed

Captain: Sultan Ahmed
ODI Ranking: N/A
How they qualified: Promoted from Division Three (joint first)
Verdict: Fifth. Won all their Division Three matches and while it will be a stern task it could be a bridge too far for the Gulf nation.

Canada

Nitish Kumar

Nitish Kumar

Captain: Nitish Kumar
ODI Ranking: N/A
How they qualified: Promoted from Division Three (joint first)
Verdict: Sixth. Can draw on the experience of Nikhil Dutta and Hamza Tariq, who have played in Caribbean Premier League but tough week lies in store.

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It's Just Cricket youngsters enjoy a training session with Zimbabwe in Dubai

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A group of budding cricketers picked the brains of Zimbabwe captain Craig Ervine and head coach Heath Streak during a special training session in Dubai.

Ervine and Streak as well as Lance Klusener and Sean Bell, members of the national team’s coaching staff took time out from their busy schedule to share their tips to more than 15 youngsters of It’s Just Cricket Academy in a two-hour masterclass at Dubai College.

The visit was arranged by Sam Charnley, international director of cricket at IJC and their head of development Bradley Staddon, who assisted Zimbabwe’s training sessions ahead of their series against Afghanistan in the UAE.

For Charnley, he said it was a great experience for the young cricketers and has no doubt that their time with Zimbabwe will help them with their development.

“It was a fantastic experience being involved in Zimbabwe’s training session and the fact they wanted to come down to the session to see local talent and get involved was amazing,” he said.

“Our players got an opportunity to get inside of the minds of the coaching staff and players of Zimbabwe national team and asked as many questions as they wanted. The opportunity they had on Wednesday was another great bit of exposure to the highest level that we provide. Previously, we have had visits from Muddassar Nazar, John Gloster and Apurva Desai (Dinesh Karthik’s batting coach).”

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