Familiarity with the conditions and a strong recent record make the UAE one of the top competitors in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup qualifier in 2019.
The UAE entered the tournament on the back of a great form. They have won six of their eight completed Twenty20 internationals in 2019. Previously, in 2018, they even won each of their five ICC T20 World Cup Asian B qualifiers with comfortable margins. Can this lead to success among the main qualifiers?
On their side are many experienced names like Rohan Mustafa, Ahmed Raza, and Chirag Suri. However, some of the 15 teams are on the wrong side of 30.
Ashfaq Ahmed has run many runs and will be her guiding light with the bat. Sultan Ahmed and Zahoor Khan have been head of the bowling division for the last 12 months.
How did the UAE get in?
The United Arab Emirates easily defeated each of their four opponents at the ICC T20 World Cup Asian Qualification B and then won the final against Qatar. Once they had been determined as host nation, they automatically won the qualification without having to play in the Asia Region final won by Singapore.
T20 World Cup History
The UAE participated in the ICC World T20 2014 but finished the tournament without a win.
Rohan Mustafa: The 31-year-old is an important all-rounder in the team and extremely experienced. He has to make a contribution to both Bat and Bowl if the UAE does well in No. 12 and achieve one of the six qualifications slots to take home.
One to watch
Ashfaq Ahmed: The 36-year-old right-hander was in superb form during the UAE’s T20I series in the Netherlands, scoring three half-centuries in four innings. His effort at the top of the rankings brought his team to a 4-0 win.
18 October: v Oman, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
19 October: v Ireland, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
21 October: v Hong Kong, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
22 October: v Jersey, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
24 October: v Nigeria, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
27 October: v Canada, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi