UAE's Rohan Mustafa, Ahmed Raza and Shaiman Anwar to play in Canada's Global T20

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Canada bound: Rohan Mustafa (l) and Ahmed Raza (r)

There was good news for the UAE national team as Rohan Mustafa, Ahmed Raza and Shaiman Anwar were selected in the Global T20 tournament in Canada late on Sunday night.

UAE captain Mustafa, the No.15 pick, will line up alongside ex-Australia captain Steve Smith and West Indies World T20 winners Darren Sammy and Keiron Pollard for the Toronto Nationals.

Spinner Raza and veteran batsman Anwar were drafted as Edmonton Royals’ 11th and 14th picks and will have Shahid Afridi, Chris Lynn and Luke Ronchi as their team-mates.

The inaugural competition, which takes place from June 28 to July 15, will also see the likes of David Warner, Chris Gayle and Nepal’s rising star Sandeep Lamichhane in action.

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Rameez Shahzad's England stint will help him become a 'polished cricketer', says UAE head coach Dougie Brown

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In England: Rameez Shahzad

UAE head coach Dougie Brown has ‘no doubt’ that Rameez Shahzad will return from his England stint later this summer as a ‘more polished’ cricketer.

The 30-year-old signed a short-term deal with Philadelphia, who play in the Durham Cricket League in the north-east of England, in his bid to get as much playing experience as possible ahead of the UAE’s Asia Cup Qualifiers in September.

And Brown believes it’s a positive step by Rameez that will only benefit his all-round game.

“I think it’s a really good move,” said the 48-year-old. “The more opportunities players have to experience different opportunities abroad, then I think is really really good.

“Rameez has been there before since he studied in the UK when he was younger. I think he’s finding it much colder and even people who live in the UK are finding the temperatures cold in that area where he is living, but it will be really good for him.

“He will have gone away knowing exactly what he wants to work. The whole idea of going to the UK, is to improve himself and become a better individual. I have no doubt that Rameez will be a more polished cricketer on the back of his experience in the North East.”

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Ahmed Raza and Rohan Mustafa praise Dougie Brown's impact in first year as UAE coach

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Rohan Mustafa (left) and Dougie Brown (right)

Ahmed Raza and Rohan Mustafa have praised the impact Dougie Brown has had since he was appointed as the UAE head coach last year.

Brown, 48, has been in his role for one year now after being named as Aaqib Javed’s permanent successor last May following a successful three-month stint as interim coach.

Under the former England and Scotland international, the UAE national team have rediscovered their best form since the departure of Javed, winning 25 of 39 matches in all competitions.

During that period, the UAE not only retained their ODI status until 2022 but also claimed their first-ever triumph against a Test nation when they defeated Zimbabwe in March’s World Cup Qualifier.

And Raza had nothing but praise for the ex-Warwickshire supremo.

“I think Dougie’s influence to everyone has been very good,” said Raza. “I really like the way he deals with everyone and coaches us. He’s probably one of the coaches who keeps things so simple and only focuses on the simple bits of cricket. He talks about one thing very often which is ‘the teams who do the basics well, come out as winners.’ His thought has always been like that. He has improved our game so much that even a lower-order batsman will go into the field, knowing he can bat.

“Just his mindset that he’s given to us, in any game we’ve played in recent times, we’ve never thought the opposition was a better team than us. Even if we think about the West Indies (in the World Cup Qualifier where they lost narrowly), we were not fazed out about the stars they had, the result didn’t go our way but we played a very good game of cricket.”

Captain Mustafa echoed Raza’s view but also felt his players should receive equal praise as Brown.

“When the team wins, people credit the players and coaches. But I feel it should go to the players. Brown is one of the best coaches UAE have had. He’s a professional coach and he understands what’s going on the ground but also outside the ground. He will listen to our problems and he’s a caring person and always working hard.”

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