The UAE have today announced their 14-man squad for the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) World Cricket League Division 2 series to be contested in Dubai next month.
Captained by Khurram Khan, the UAE will face teams from Uganda, Namibia, Papua New Guniea, Hong Kong and Bermuda in the April 8-15 competition.
The top four sides will become eligible to receive dedicated ICC High Performance Grants and two of the top four, as determined by the ICC Development Committee, will join the eight-team Intercontinental Cup which will commence later in 2011.
The sides that finish fifth and sixth in will be relegated to the third division.
The tournament will be played on three cricket grounds — the Dubai Sports City Stadium and the two ICC Global Cricket Academy Ovals (GCA 1 and 2) in Dubai Sports City.
The UAE squad: Khurram Khan (captain), Mohammed Touqir, Naeem Aslam, Saqib Ali, Arshad Ali, Amjad Ali, Shadeep Silva, Amjad Javed, Nasir Aziz, Qassim Zubair, Ahmed Raza, Swanpil Patil, Irfan Ahmed Sajjad, Shaiman Anwar
All games begin at 1015 UAE time
April 8: UAE v Namibia (DSC Stadium); PNG v Bermuda (GCA 1); Uganda v Hong Kong (GCA 2)
April 9: Uganda v Namibia (DSC Stadium); Bermuda v Hong Kong (GCA 1); UAE v PNG (GCA 2)
April 11: Bermuda v Uganda (DSC Stadium); UAE v Hong Kong (GCA 1); Namibia v PNG (GCA 2)
April 12: Hong Kong v PNG (DSC Stadium); UAE v Uganda (GCA 1); Namibia v Bermuda (GCA 2)
April 14: UAE v Bermuda (DSC Stadium); Hong Kong v Namibia (GCA 1); PNG v Uganda (GCA 2)
April 15: Final (DSC Stadium); third/fourth play-off (GCA 1); fifth/sixth play-off (GCA 2)