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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 23 June 2018

Extra Time podcast: Chirag Suri and fellow expat cricketers 'proud to represent the UAE'

In his chat with Chitrabhanu Kadalayil, the Indian-born batsman talks about his background, the progress cricket is making in the Emirates and why he supports the Presidential decree to open UAE sports to foreigners living here

Indian-born Chirag Suri is one of the UAE's most promising cricketers at the moment. Courtesy ICC
Indian-born Chirag Suri is one of the UAE's most promising cricketers at the moment. Courtesy ICC

This week, rising UAE cricket star Chirag Suri spoke with Assistant Sports Editor Chitrabhanu Kadalayil. Suri is among a generation of homegrown players representing the national team.

The Indian-born batsman gave his views on the UAE government's announcement last week that expatriates will be eligible to join local clubs and represent the country in all sports from September.

What impact will the new regulations have on the country's cricket scene, which already allows expats to play for the national side? What does it mean for an expat like him to wear the UAE jersey? And does he see himself playing alongside Emiratis one day?

Suri, 23, also talked about the UAE cricket team's continued success on the global stage, their preparations for Asia Cup qualification, as well as his experience during last year's Indian Premier League Twenty20 tournament.

Listen in.

Extra Time, produced by Kevin Jeffers, is the podcast from The National’s sport desk. Subscribe to and rate the show on Apple Podcasts, or listen on Audioboom, Pocket Cast or your favourite podcasting app.

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Reactions to Presidential decree

Faisal Al Ketbi: Decision is a remarkable gesture

Apollo Perelini: UAE Rugby 'ahead of the game'

UAE cricket hopeful of changing perceptions

Judo and ice hockey federations are pleased

Other reactions: 'Wise and welcome decision'

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