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 Chris Burch will play fly-half as part of a new-look back line for the UAE national rugby union team that will face Singapore at The Sevens grounds in Dubai. Sarah Dea / The National

Chris Burch to lead UAE’s charge against Singapore

he UAE’s bid to safeguard their place in the second tier of Asian rugby against Singapore next week will be piloted by a player who was contemplating retirement from the sport at this time last year.

 Seiichi Shimomura, centre, is part of a Japan squad that is the gold standard for sides such as the UAE, here in a Asian Five Nations rugby match at Dubai on May 10, 2013 and Singapore aspire to reach. Marwan Naamani / AFP

UAE and Singapore are rugby teams with a similar tale to tell

The UAE versus Singapore in rugby: a battle to see whether our expatriates are better than their expatriates, surely? Well, maybe not for much longer.

 Southampton owner Katharina Liebherr is pictured before the Premier League match between Southampton and Liverpool at St Mary's Stadium in Southampton, southern England, on March 1, 2014. Glyn Kirk / AFP

New Southampton owner leading club’s resurgence from the shadows

Katharina Liebherr keeping with family tradition and letting others dominate the spotlight

 Sharjah Cricket Stadium's colorful past was never like this – the IPL match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Daredevils was loud, raucous and commerical. Pawan Singh / The National

No need for rose-coloured glasses when Sharjah Cricket Stadium host IPL

Sharjah still plays well as India's home away from home when it comes to big-time cricket, but the commercial overtones were in overdrive.

 Jorginho accepts the challenge that lies ahead for Al Wasl's improvement, and the club says it will give him time ... if they see results.  Jeffrey E Biteng / The National

Wasl will give Jorginho time but results in Arabian Gulf League are needed

Al Wasl officials said they will provide Jorginho, their new coach, sufficient time to change the club’s fortunes while also warning that his fate ultimately will depend on results.

 Mickael Barzalona riding Sudden Wonder, left, to victory in the Tattersalls Millions Trophy at Newmarket racecourse on April 17, 2014 in Newmarket, England. Alan Crowhurst/ Getty Images

Godolphin boosted by performances of two fresh horses at Newmarket

Be Ready underwhelms in Craven Stakes during otherwise successful day for stables

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ICC opens door for full India v Pakistan series in UAE next year

April 13, 2014

The prospect of regular series with India brought the PCB on board with revamp, reports Osman Samiuddin.

In pictures: The National’s World Twenty20 XI

April 8, 2014

Find out who made it to the composite side, in our view.

Pakistan was offered ‘Big Four’ role, says PCB chairman

April 8, 2014

Najam Sethi says Zaka Ashraf, his predecessor, turned down offer to be at the head of ICC's table alongside India, England and Australia.

Don’t crucify Yuvraj for T20 final flop, says Tendulkar

April 8, 2014

India legend bats for former teammate following World Twenty20 final defeat to Sri Lanka.

In pictures: ICC World Twenty20 final

April 6, 2014

Our photo editors have selected what they think best captures the action out of Sunday's World Twenty20 final, won by Sri Lanka by six wickets over India.

Past history in finals no interest to Sri Lankans

April 5, 2014

Sri Lanka face a daunting test of nerves from dominant India in Sunday’s all-Asian World Twenty20 final in Dhaka that is rich with incentives for both teams.

Virat Kohli smashes India past South Africa and into World Twenty20 final

April 4, 2014

South Africa defeated and now Sri Lanka wait in final.

UAE ideal market for IPL’s expansion

April 3, 2014

India’s cricket board will do well to build on Lalit Modi’s vision to launch a franchise in the country, writes Paul Radley.

The BCCI giveth and the BCCI taketh away

April 3, 2014

The IPL was the culmination of the rise of Indian cricket, which has helped make the game wealthier, but it has also given too much power to its board, writes Osman Samiuddin.

West Indies ‘did not expect’ to win easy

April 2, 2014

Defending champions reach World Twenty20 semi-finals with 84-run win over Pakistan.

Shehzad had aimed to score hundred at World Twenty20

March 30, 2014

Opener becomes first Pakistan batsman to hit centuries in all three forms of the game at international level. His team will now play a virtual quarter-final against West Indies on Tuesday.

Yuvraj earns Dhoni praise as India stay unbeaten

March 30, 2014

Yuvraj Singh roared back to form with a fighting fifty and Ravichandran Ashwin grabbed four for 11 as India hammered listless Australia by 73 runs in the World Twenty20 on Sunday.

India enter World Twenty20 semis but no celebrations

March 28, 2014

India captain already looking at future matches, including last group fixture with Australia.

Faulkner’s banter wakes up Sammy’s sleeping lions

March 28, 2014

West Indies beat Australia by six wickets at World Twenty20 group game.