Team UAE at Cricket World Cup

Team UAE squad for ICC Cricket World Cup 2015:

Mohammed Tauqir (capt), Khurram Khan, Rohan Mustafa, Manjula Guruge, Andri Berenger, Fahad Al Hashmi, Swapnil Patil, Saqlain Haider, Amjad Javed, Shaiman Anwar, Amjad Ali, Nasir Aziz, Muhammad Naveed, Kamran Shahzad, K Karate.

Team UAE's performances in Cricket World Cups:

United Arab Emirates (UAE) wasn't eligible for world cups till 1987. They didn't play in the world cup qualifiers for 1992. They found success in the 1994 ICC Trophy. They defeated Kenya in the finals of the trophy to qualify for the 1996 cricket world cup. There was a lot of controversy surrounding this ICC Trophy. Emirates Cricket Board adoped a controversial policy to invite many players from Sri Lanka, India or Pakistan who had first class cricket experience to take up employment in UAE. Thus these players were able to fulfill the residential requirements to play for UAE in the ICC Trophy of 1994. Ultimately the team had only one Arab player in the form of Sultan Zarawani who lead the side. Later ICC reworked the eligibility criterias for national teams to avoid any such controversies in future.

The only world cup edition where UAE played was in 1996. Placed in Group B with teams like South Africa, New Zealand, England, Pakistan and Netherlands; team UAE managed to win just one match and that came against Netherlands. On 1st March 1996, United Arab Emirates team defeated Netherlands by 7 wickets at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. Netherlands scored 216 for 9. Shaukat Dukanwala clinched 5 wickets giving away just 29 runs in 10 overs. Saleem Raza scored 84 from 68 balls. Shaukat Dukanwala was awarded Man of the match. This also happended to be the first ever official one day international match between two ICC Associate teams.

UAE secured their spot in the ICC cricket world cup 2015 by finishing second in Cricket World Cup qualifier 2014 held in New Zealand. Khurram Khan from UAE scored most number of runs in the qualifiers - 581 runs in 8 innings with one century and four half century. Manjula Guruge stood third in the highest wickets list with 16 wickets from 8 matches. 

Let us expect some fearless performances from the UAE cricketers in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. They play couple of warm up matches against Australia and Afghanistan. Following that they will play their first match in the 2015 world cup against Zimbabwe. Click here for warm up matches schedule and ICC Cricket World cup 2015 schedule for more information on UAE matches.

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