Muhammad Waseem (c), Ethan D’Souza, Ali Naseer, Vriitya Aravind, Rameez Shahzad, Jawadullah, Asif Khan, Rohan Mustafa, Aayan Afzal Khan, Junaid Siddique, Zahoor Khan, Sanchit Sharma, Aryansh Sharma, Karthik Meiyappan, Basil Hameed
The Emirates have been a cricketing enigma over the past few years, characterized by the highs and lows of their performances on the field and plenty of drama off it. Coach Robin Singh’s relegation of captain Ahmad De Laza was unpopular and left a bad impression on many fans. It even led to Raza’s subsequent retirement.
then the coach himself fired Soon after, a string of poor results (20 losses in 27 games) wreaked havoc on the UAE’s League 2 season and sent them into the World Cup qualifying play-offs. Since then, a timely minor revival, largely due to a massive improvement in batting performance, has allowed the Emirates to maintain their ODI form and keep their place in the next League 2 cycle.
A strong performance in the ACC Premier Boys’ Cup followed, as they reached the final. Also, the Emirates were competitive in the recently concluded ODI series against West Indies, and despite losing 3-0, they performed well for the most part. Therefore, they came to this qualifier in good form.
Anything is possible if the batsmen have a good day, especially as the bowling line-up is tailor-made for the tired, spin-friendly Bulawayo pitch to limit opponents and defend totals.
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The UAE’s batting renaissance has been led by the trio of captain Muhammad Waseem, Vriitya Aravind and Asif Khan, who together have scored most of the goals for the national team over the past six months.
Asif, 33, has undergone a dramatic transformation, turning his career around in dramatic fashion, from a mediocre, middling coolie to a dynamic and dangerous batsman. The stats don’t lie; Asif is now averaging over 40 points per game and shooting over 84 points.Recently, he caught the attention of the global media after scoring a goal Cyclone hundred Against Nepal with just 41 balls; thus setting a new record for the fastest ODI century by Associate batter and finishing fourth overall.
Also for Waseem, a string of breakout performances ILT20 Franchise Championship Take his game to new heights. Despite averaging just 26 in ODIs, his batting ability (SR of 94 in ODIs and 144 in T20s) makes him a dangerous prospect for opposing bowlers. Opener and goalkeeper batsman Aravind is the perfect foil. Aravind, more of a stylish run collector than an out-and-out sprinter, has been the UAE’s best batsman League 2 cycle1047 runs with an average of 32.71.
In terms of bowling, the Emiratis have arguably one of the best fast bowling combinations in the cricket league of Junaid Siddique and Zahoor Khan.Both are in League 2 and World Cup qualifying play-off, taking a total of 103 wickets at an impressive average and economy rate. They will once again be the backbone of the team’s rhythm offense. Veteran Rohan Mustafa and young and skilled Karthik Meiyappan and Aayan Afzal Khan are the options for rotation.
Outside of the core group, there are plenty of new faces among the 15. Veteran players and 2022 T20 World Cup entrants such as CP Rizwan, Kashif Daud and Chirag Suri have been conspicuously omitted (along with youngsters Aryan Lakra and Arishan Sharafu), leaving young academy graduate and under-19 cricketer Ethan D’ Way of Souza, Ali Naseer, Sanchit Sharma and Aryansh Sharma. The selection of these young birds is a testament to the strong channel system of the Emirates and their desire to bleed young birds as early as possible.
Nasser in particular has been outstanding in the last 3 series against West Indies as he scored an impressive 128 runs in 42.66 runs with a strike rate of 107.56. The left-handed mid-sprinter has all the attacking shots in the book and can also deliver at speeds above 130km/h, providing the Gulf state with another true all-around option.besides fairy tales Jawadullah, 24, is an immigrant electrician who went from playing tape cricket in his native Pakistan to being called up to the UAE team for qualifying.
The UAE have attracted a tough squad but are capable of delivering a surprise or two, especially if the batting squad can maintain its newfound consistency and attacking threat. To progress to the top six, they must beat fellow Gulf nation Oman and win at least one more game against Scotland or Ireland.While fourth place in the group seems to be the most realistic outcome at this stage, the UAE are in a position to reach the top six stage of the tournament again, as they have done five years ago.
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