x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

Aaqib Javed hoping to recruit Under 16 players from Al Lehar

The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) recently changed its rules and the number of Emirati passport holders in the UAE playing XI must increase from two to five, reports Amith Passela.

UAE cricket coach Aqib Javed will conduct trials this week to select squads for the ACC U16 tournament in Qatar in October and the ACC U19 tournament in Kuwait in November. Satish Kumar / The National
UAE cricket coach Aqib Javed will conduct trials this week to select squads for the ACC U16 tournament in Qatar in October and the ACC U19 tournament in Kuwait in November. Satish Kumar / The National

Before the senior World Cup comes, Aaqib Javed has the challenge of finding five young Emirati cricketers and getting them ready to play in the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) Under 16 tournament in October.

The ACC has recently changed its rules and the number of Emirati passport holders in the UAE playing XI must increase from two to five for the biennial competition.

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Aaqib plans to go to Al Lehar, an area in Al Ain where cricket is played among some of the Emirati youths.

“I have been to this colony last year and we have an Emirati senior citizen who will coordinate to recruit some of these boys,” he said.

“It is very hard to turn them around to be decent cricketers in a few months, but here we have a necessity because we cannot participate without them.

“We need to have at least six to seven Emiratis in the 14-player squad.”

Trials are being conducted this week to select squads for the ACC U16 tournament in Qatar in October and the ACC U19 tournament in Kuwait in November.

“We plan to pick the Emirati players next week and begin training them in Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, the ICC Global Cricket Academy or wherever it suits them,” Aaqib said.

“Then choose two squads and train full time after the Ramadan month.”

apassela@thenational.ae

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