Amjad Javed handed UAE captaincy for Scotland tour

Denzil Pinto 22:53 10/07/2016
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New responsibility: Amjad Javed.

UAE Twenty20 captain Amjad Javed will lead the team in next month’s tour to Scotland after replacing Ahmed Raza as skipper for the four-day and 50-over encounters.

The 35-year-old has impressed since taking the armband in the shortest format in February. In the past five months, home victories over Scotland and Ireland were registered before the UAE beat Afghanistan, Hong Kong and Oman for the lone berth in the Asia Cup.

“I’m really pleased as  we had a good campaign in the Asia Cup and the selectors have now stuck with me as captain and that’s something I’m grateful for,” said Javed, whose side face Scotland in a four-day ICC Intercontinental Cup match (August 9-12) followed by two ODIs in the World Cricket League.

Despite losing his captaincy role, Raza is named in the 14-man squad with eight of the players that travelled to the Asia Cup retained.

Wicket-keeper Ghulam Shabbir and Rameez Shahzad are set for their competitive debuts.

While Javed is adamant that spinner Raza will play an important role, he insists it’s great to be reunited with Paul Franks, who took charge of his first training session yesterday as interim head coach.

“It’s very helpful that he’s as interim coach and his experience of knowing the team (during his previous stints as UAE assistant coach) is a big advantage,” he said.

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