The UAE’s World Twenty20 performances are promising signs for next year’s 50-over World Cup held in Australia and New Zealand, according to the ICC.
The UAE may not have won a game in the World Twenty20 but they certainly gave a respectable account of themselves. The same can also be said about the other five ICC associate member countries- Ireland, Afghanistan, Nepal, Hong Kong and the Netherlands.
These teams took part in Bangladesh, as part of the governing body's efforts to expand cricket beyond the 10 Test-playing countries.
The Netherlands enjoyed an outstanding tournament, cappeb by their humiliation of England by 45 runs in the Super-10 stage. Meanwhile, unfancied Hong Kong fulfilled their dream of getting a big scalp with a two-wicket victory over Test team and host-nation Bangladesh in the first round qualifying stage.
ICC’s Development Manager Tim Anderson said the Netherlands' victory over England, their second in two meetings after also beating them in the 2009 World Twenty20, was a good sign for next year's 50-over World Cup which will feature UAE, Ireland, Afghanistan and Scotland
"The associates were provided with an opportunity at the World Twenty20 and we are pleased with their showing, and will make sure they do well in next year's World Cup," said Anderson. "The Netherlands performed very well and their win over England in the Super-10 stage showed the smaller teams have the talent to upset bigger nations."
Each team has been allocated $1 million in funding and will train in the host countries ahead of the tournament.
The ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 will be the UAE’s second World Cup tournament. Their last participation was back in 1996 were they played five matches and managed to win once against Netherlands by seven wickets.
UAE’s Maxtalent Global Sports teams returned home winning all their matches in the MGS Challenge Cup held in Oman recently.
The junior most member of the touring party, nine-year-old Ammar Badami stole the show in the under-11 category and was adjudged the ‘outstanding player of the tour’.
He scored 142 runs in three games at a fantastic average of 71.
The MGS under-13 team won all four games and the under-11 outfit emulated the seniors winning all three games.
The MGS Challenge Cup cricket tournament a brain child of Maxtalent Global Sports International events, is currently played in South Africa, UK, India, Qatar and in Oman.
The T20 tournament was held under the aegis on Oman Cricket and featured five teams – Indian School Al Wadi Kabir, MCCC A, Boscher Olympic Center, MCCC-B & Maxtalent Global Sports (UAE).
UAE Cricket in brief:
Here is the latest round-up of the best cricket matches and stories to happen recently in the UAE.
Emmad bowls Danube to a big victory
Emmad Ali’s four for eight off 3.1 overs was the highlight of Danube Lions’ nine-wicket win over Nucaf Tellicherry in the Dubai Cricket Council (DCC) Chairman’s Cup 30-overs-a-side tournament at the Fairground of the Dubai Men’s College.
Emmad led the rout with Shahzad Ahmad (2 for 6), Ali Raza (2 for 5) and Naveed Haider (2 for 14) chipping in to help Danube skittle Nucaf for a paltry 50. Their batsmen then scored those runs in just 8.4 overs for the loss of one wicket. Naeemuddin Qazi (22 not out) and Naeemuddin Aslam (21 not out) were the top run-getters runs for Danube.
In another match Phoenix Medicines busted Boom Boom by 103 runs.
Batting first Phoenix rode on half centuries from Pervaiz Nazir (62) and Hafiz Kaleem (55) and some useful contributions from Mohammed Qasim (34) and Ayub Inayat (27)to post 260-8.
For Boom Boom only Imad Mushtaq (38) and Mohammad Farhan (23) could manage a decent score as they were restricted to 157 for 9 from 30 overs with Mohammad Asif (4-18) and Mohd Qasim (2-29) doing the damage.
Elsewhere, Seven Seas upstaged Al Faraa and Ibsons trounced Farooz by nine wickets.
Khurram and Shahzaib power Wings’ flight
A captain’s knock by Shahzaib Hassan helped Wings XI book their place in the final of the Friendly Cup 50-over tournament with a comprehensive six-wicket win over Danube Lions at the Fair Oval ground in Dubai.
The tournament is being held under the auspices of the Dubai Cricket Council.
However the man of the match award went to Wings’ Khurram Khan for an unbeaten 44 and the crucial wicket of Sami Ullah.
Wings now await the winners of the second semi-final to be played between Yogi Group and Fly Emirates to decide who will be the champions of the Cup.
The leading sides in indoor cricket in the UAE are getting ready to face each other at the ICC Academy as part of the biggest-ever tournament of its kind, the SNTTA – Makemytrip Challengers Cup, which gets underway at Dubai Sports City today.
Those leading sides include Danube, the winner of four successive titles in 2013, as well as DBMSC-1, the side that won the OSN Winter Tournament in January 2014, and Pacific Ventures, the winner of the OSN Challengers Cup in February 2014, when it beat Danube in the final.
Skybridge Freight Solutions (SFS), Xpress Money UAE Exchange and Dubai Lions, all of them used to featuring in the latter stages of indoor tournaments, complete the six teams in the Elite section.
But those six really are the tip of the pyramid as the event, which concludes on May 18, features more teams, more matches and more prize-money than ever before.
A total of 54 teams are taking part with those sides divided into one of three sections – that Elite group of six, plus Silver and Bronze – and the division is intended to ensure competitive action for all, as well as realistic chances of glory.
And, with 100 matches being played over a period of 41 days, the event, which replaces the Challengers Cup and Midnight League on the ICC Academy calendar, really will be a test for all, whatever level they are playing at.
The prize pool stands at a total of Dh19,000, including Dh5,000 for the winners of the Elite section, Dh4,000 for the Silver winners and Dh3,000 for the Bronze victors, as well as cash prizes for the runnersup in each section too.
The matches will be eight-a-side and consist of just eight over innings. Teams will bat in pairs, with each pair spending two overs in the middle, and five runs will be deducted from the score every time a wicket falls.
It means that every ball counts in a frantic, fast-paced format that has already proved hugely popular with players and spectators at the ICC Academy.
The Elite section will see all sides play a minimum of three matches with the top four sides then going forward to semi-finals, followed by a best-of-three Grand Final series.
The Silver Division features 16 teams divided into four pools of four with the top two progressing to the quarter-finals, followed by semifinals and a Grand Final.
Sides within this section include Oxford Marine, Radio 4 and the Rowdy Cricketers, all of them with impressive pedigrees in indoor cricket at the ICC Academy.
The Bronze Division is the largest in the tournament, with a total of 32 teams fitted into eight pools, again each of four teams.
The top side from each pool in this section will go through to the quarter- finals followed by semi-finals a Grand Final.
Will Kitchen, the ICC Academy Manager, said: “Now the draw for the SNTTA – Makemytrip Challengers Cup has taken place, everyone is hugely excited at the prospect of this tournament.
“It is the most ambitious indoor cricket event we have staged at the ICC Academy with the number of teams, matches, days and prize money all exceeding anything we have done before.”
Dubai Sports City’s general manager Mr Maqbul Dudhia said: “The fact there is substantial prize money for each section within the tournament is an added incentive for sides and we look forward to a really successful event.”