T10 League: Deccan Gladiators appoint former UAE skipper Mohammad Tauqir as fielding coach

Sport360 staff 14:00 10/11/2019
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Deccan Gladiators have roped in former UAE cricketer and right-armed off-spin bowler, Mohammad Tauqir, as the team’s fielding coach for the upcoming T10 league. Tauqir has been a popular face in UAE cricket scene and now joins the Deccan Gladiators, a team packed with young blood and passion under the expert wisdom of their senior international players led by Shane Watson.

Mohammad Tauqir has been a rarity in the history of United Arab Emirates’ cricket. The nuggety off-spin bowler had played international cricket for more than ten years and represented UAE across the globe. From making his international debut in 2004 to leading the UAE cricket team in 2015 ICC World Cup as a captain, the veteran player has played major role in shaping UAE cricket.

The cricket scene is changing drastically in the UAE with more locals developing an interest in the sport and bidding to pursue it as their full-time career. Being a UAE citizen and a successful cricketer, stalwarts like Mohammad Tauqir play a very influential role to motivate the youth of the region who wish to pursue cricket as a career.

It is important to lay the foundation, motivate youth and prepare them to represent UAE in the field of cricket and in the role of a coach, Tauqir has it all that is required to change the face of cricket in the nation.

Commenting on his latest association, Mohammad Tauqir said, “I am very happy to be associated with a Deccan Gladiators as their fielding coach. I am sure the team will do very well in the tournament.

“Cricket can be a serious full-time career for youth in this region. Proper grooming and training will help them refine their game as a player. I see that many of local youth are interested in this sport and they should definitely work towards it and represent UAE internationally.”

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