The first T20 game between two sides who substantially lack experience in international cricket in United Arab Emirates and USA will be played on Friday.
United Arab Emirates are still an associate team for the ICC and are looking to break free from that rank. They have been playing a lot of cricket, but haven’t exactly found the success that the management must be seeking for. The team is not good enough yet to challenge their competitors and are still developing players who are going to future stars for the nation, and it might take them the next four years in order to mount a serious charge for a spot in an international tournament.
Meanwhile, USA are a country where sports has a rich heritage, but cricket is not one of them. The country is known for its sporting spectacles in NFL, NBA, and even baseball. With some combat sports as well taking precedence, cricket would be near the bottom of that ladder. The recruitments that they have made have been smart, by getting some players from India such as their captain, but grassroots developments are the key to success in this sport, and for the people to get behind the team in future.
Venue – ICC Academy, Dubai, UAE
Date & Time – 15th March | 3:30 PM IST
The Squads –
United Arab Emirates – Muhammad Naveed (capt), Rohan Mustafa, Ashfaq Ahmed, Shaiman Anwar, Rameez Shahzad, Amjad Gul, CP Rizwan, Muhammad Boota, Abdul Shakoor, Ahmed Raza, Imran Haider, Sultan Ahmed, Zahoor Khan, Amir Hayat, Waheed Ahmad
USA – Saurabh Netravalkar (c), Elmore Hutchinson, Aaron Jones, Nosthush Kenjige, Muhammad Ali Khan, Jan NisarKhan, Jaskaran Malhotra, Xavier Marshall, Monank Patel, Timil Patel, Roy Silva, Jasdeep Singh, Steven Taylor, Hayden Walsh Jr.
United Arab Emirates – A Shakoor, Shaiman Anwar, R Shahzad, M Boota, C Rizwan, Ashfaq Ahmed, Muhammad Naveed, Rohan Mustafa, A Raza, Imran Haider, S Ahmed
USA – J Malhotra, X Marshall, S Taylor, M Patel, A Jones, T Patel, R Silva, J Khan/C Walsh, E Hutchinson, S Netravalkar, Jasdeep Singh
Key Players –
United Arab Emirates – Rohan Mustafa | Mohammad Naveed
USA – Jaskaran Malhotra | Saurabh Netravalkar