World Cup team Preview: UAE
Shuddha Samin Kibria
UAE are complete underdogs in this tournament which means very little is expected of them and that nobody is willing to bet any money on UAE in a single game of the World Cup. Aside from being the least favored side in the World cup they are also the only side consisting mostly of amateurs. The players from the rest of the 13 teams are either professionals or semiprofessionals.
UAE will be more than happy to win even a single game in the World Cup. If they manage to beat Ireland in the group game on 25 February at Brisbane, then they will feel like they have achieved something significant from this World Cup.
UAE have played a world cup before in 1996 where they even managed to win a game against the Netherlands. This gives them a better record than Scotland who have played 8 matches in world cup cricket, featuring in the 1999 and 2007 tourneys but failed to win a single game and Afghanistan who will be making their world cup debut against the Tigers on 18 January 2015 at Manuka Oval, Canberra.
UAE’s beat player is Khurram Khan the world’s oldest centurion at 43 years of age. In the world cup qualifier in New Zealand last year he averaged 72.62 with the bat. He used to be the captain before he was replaced by Emirati born Mohammed Tauqir in a politically motivated decision early in January 2015 and now serves as vice captain instead.
World Cup Preparation
UAE has a good World Cup preparation by defeating Afghanistan in 3-1 in an ODI series last December. However, the fact that they haven’t had a proper ODI since then may be a cause of concern especially for a team of amateurs going up against some of the world’s best players.
The previews will be a series about the 14 participating teams in the last 14 days left for the world cup