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

Denzil Pinto 20:56 03/06/2018
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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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