Kabir Khan, the coach of the national cricket team, will be reunited with his former charges in October when UAE play Afghanistan in the second round of the Intercontinental Cup in Sharjah.
Kabir guided the previously unheralded Afghans to the World Twenty20 finals last year but left soon after and took up the post of UAE head coach last October. UAE travel to Kenya later this month for the opening round of the Intercontinental Cup before Kabir pits his wits against his former employers at the Sharjah Stadium from October 5 to 8.
The Intercontinental Cup is a seven-match programme which takes place over the space of two years and is designed to help teams prepare for the possibility of one-day playing Test cricket. The other six teams are Canada, Ireland, Kenya, Netherlands, Scotland and Namibia.
The UAE have turned in modest performances in four previous appearances in tournament for non-Test playing nations.
Kabir, who is determined to improve that track record, said previously: "With our potential, I believe we can do it. It is just the mental set-up. If we are mentally prepared, we can do it."
Facts and fixtures
ICC INTERCONTINENTAL CUP (second round)
7-10 Sept - Netherlands v Kenya, Salland CC, Deventer
13-16 Sept - Ireland v Canada, Leinster CC, Dublin
23-26 Sept - Namibia v Scotland, Wanderers CC, Windhoek
5-8 Oct - Afghanistan v UAE, Sharjah Stadium, UAE (Afghanistan's home fixture)
50-OVER SERIES (second round)
12 Sept - Netherlands v Kenya, Voorburg CC, The Hague
13 Sept - Netherlands v Kenya, Voorburg CC, The Hague
19 Sept - Ireland v Canada, Clontarf CC, Dublin
20 Sept - Ireland v Canada, Clontarf CC, Dublin
28 Sept - Namibia v Scotland, Wanderers CC, Windhoek
29 Sept - Namibia v Scotland, Wanderers CC, Windhoek
10 Oct - Afghanistan v UAE, Sharjah Stadium, UAE (Afghanistan's home fixture)
12 Oct - Afghanistan v UAE, Sharjah Stadium, UAE (Afghanistan's home fixture)
The ICC Intercontinental Cup has quickly grown in stature and profile since its inception seven years ago. The ICC's premier first-class tournament is an integral part of the Associate Members' cricket schedule.
There will be a total of US$254,000 in prize money for the Associate and Affiliate teams taking part in the ICC Intercontinental Cup 2011-13 with US$100,000 for the winners and US$40,000 for the runners-up.
Teams finishing in third and fourth place with receive US$20,000 and US$10,000 respectively while an outright win by any team during the course of the round-robin stage will see it walk away with US$3,000 per match.
Having previously been designed around a two-group, three-day format, the event then evolved into an eight-team, round-robin and truly global tournament featuring four-day cricket which gives those teams who do not play Test cricket the chance to experience the longer form of the game.