Chief executive David East will leave the Emirates Cricket Board at the end of December.
East has been with the ECB for six years after arriving in 2012 having held the same role with Essex. The former wicketkeeper-batsman has played an instrumental role for the governing body by introducing professional contracts for its full time players, and establishing a strategic partnership for high performance with the ICC Academy in Dubai.
The 61-year-old also played a key part in attracting and delivering major events to the UAE such as the Under-19 World Cup, World Cup Qualifiers, IPL, T10 Cricket League, and working closely with the PCB whilst hosting its cricket in the UAE.
“I should like to thank our chairman, His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan for giving me the opportunity to lead Emirates Cricket over the last six years,” said East.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here and believe that I have made a meaningful impact with the national team and the development of cricket in the country. The UAE has its highest ever ranking in the top 14 countries in the world for T20 and ODI cricket, and having won the ICC Global Development Award earlier this year, our rapidly growing development programme will continue to increase participation and help produce the next generation of UAE cricketers.
“I will leave with many fond memories, but am now ready to embark on my next challenge.”
Deputy ECB chairman Khalid Al Zarooni praised East for his hard work during his time in the Emirates. “We are most grateful to David for his hard work and guidance over the last six years. He should be rightly proud of his achievements with the Emirates Cricket Board and we wish him every success in the future.”
Haider, 30, removed Maxwell for just 18 when the batsman was caught by Ahmed Raza in Monday’s first-ever official T20 international against the Baggy Green in Abu Dhabi.
Although the tourists went on to win by seven wickets, Haider was pleased to add to his tally with another elite cricketer’s scalp. Earlier this year, he dismissed Chris Gayle in the World Cup Qualifier while three years ago, against England at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, he took the wickets of Moeen Ali and Sam Billings in an unofficial match.
But he insists stopping Maxwell, one of T20’s most celebrated batsmen who has four fifties and two centuries to his name, sits top of his list.
“In international cricket, Glenn Maxwell is one of the big names in the world, especially in T20 cricket, so it was great to get him out,” said Haider. “He is a fantastic batsman who has played so much cricket around the world. We put him under pressure and bowled strongly against him. He wasn’t able to play his shots that he would usually. Before the match we were all targeting him so it was great that it was me who stopped his innings.
“It’s a proud moment although I would have loved to have been on the winning side.”
The two nations were meant to play in a warm-up match, with the Australians using the fixture as vital match practice ahead of their three-match T20I series against Pakistan, beginning on Wednesday.
But last week, with the support of the Pakistan Cricket Board, the ICC sanctioned the match as an international T20.
With Pakistan playing their ‘home’ matches in the UAE, Haider hopes this match will be just the start for more internationals against Test nations in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
“We must thank everyone who has helped put this game together and make it an international T20,” added Haider. “It is a big deal for us. If there are more games like these it wouldn’t just be beneficial to myself but for the whole of the UAE team. It would boost our confidence and help improve our game going forward.
“Although we scored a low total of 117, we put on a spirited display which we can learn from.”
Chasing 118 at the Abu Dhabi Cricket Ovals, Short hit 68 from 53 deliveries including eight fours as the Australians reached their target of 118 in the 16th over. Medium-pacer Amir Hayat was the pick of the bowlers for the hosts after finishing with 2-26.
Earlier, the UAE recovered from a poor start, going from 17-3 to post 117-6 with Shaiman Anwar top-scoring with 41. Pacers Billy Stanlake and Nathan Coulter-Nile were the standout bowlers with identical figures of 2-20 from their four overs apeice.
Here are the talking points from the first official T20 between both sides:
Stanlake and Coulter-Nile return
Stanlake and Coulter-Nile will be hoping their two-wicket hauls help them press their case for selection for next year’s World Cup. On a wicket that usually suits the spinners, the pacers were effective as they troubled the UAE batsmen from the very first ball.
The 23-year-old Stanlake has been playing non-stop cricket for the past four months and that helped him hit the right lines immediately. Since the start of the year, the Queensland native has been on fire with Monday’s efforts taking him to 18 wickets in 13 T20Is.
Coulter-Nile was back in national colours for the first time in almost a year following back injury. He found his rhythm in the domestic circuit, taking 10 wickets in five matches. More performances like these, beginning against Pakistan from Wednesday and it will be hard for selectors to ignore them.
Australia win by seven wickets!— ICC (@ICC) October 22, 2018
UAE made them work hard, at one point reducing them to 31/2, but D'Arcy Short's 68* saw them home with 23 balls to spare.#UAEvAUS SCORE ⬇https://t.co/UJAs4vMiW3 pic.twitter.com/d19wsh5LR7
Solid T20I debut for UAE’s Hayat
It’s not even been a full year since Amir Hayat made his UAE debut and he seems to be getting better every game. He was the standout bowler for the hosts with figures of 2-26, not bad for someone who was playing his first T20 International. Hayat, who took 24 wickets in 25 matches prior to the game, made a fine start by not allowing captain Aaron Finch to settle at the crease – having him caught for one – and took another big wicket when he removed T20 specialist Chris Lynn for 20. It might have come in a losing cause but Hayat won’t forget the day he dismissed two high-profile cricketers in the UAE capital in his first T20 International.
UAE need more fixtures against Test nations
While elite nations regularly tour the UAE either on a stop-over to the subcontinent or to face Pakistan, Dougie Brown’s side have not had many opportunities of testing themselves against top teams. West Indies and England are among two they have faced on home turf in the last three years but those were unofficial games. Monday’s game against Australians would have been the same had the ICC not granted the fixture international status. Although it was a one-sided affair, the experience the UAE players take from the match will be crucial as it’s not every day they get to rub shoulders with the world’s best. It is imperative that this isn’t a one-off.