The Emirates Cricket Board on Sunday announced the appointment of Monty Desai as the batting coach of the national team.
Desai has been brought on board to develop and strengthen the UAE batting line-up while assisting head coach Dougie Brown.
Desai comes in with experience under his belt, having worked with teams like Nepal, Canada and Afghanistan across formats. He was Afghanistan’s batting coach during their World Cup qualification in Zimbabwe in 2018. Desai was also Canada’s head coach in their ICC World Cricket League Division 2 campaign.
Not only that, Desai has been an important member of the coaching staff of Indian Premier League franchises Rajasthan Royals and Gujarat Lions. He has also worked at the state-level, where he was most recently the head coach of Andhra during the 2018-2019 Indian domestic season.
On the appointment, Zayed Abbas, Emirates Cricket Board member and spokesperson, said: “UAE cricket is embarking on an exceptionally busy playing schedule where we have three important tournaments for two of our representative sides; the ICC U19’s Cricket World Cup campaign (2020), our Senior Men’s ICC World T20 qualifiers (2019) as well as the Senior Men’s ICC World Cricket League Division 2 matches.
“The importance of securing success in all three campaigns is of the highest priority, and it is imperative we provide quality resources to reach our goal. We welcome Monty to this role and look forward to seeing positive results from his influence and expertise,” added Abbas.
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