x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

New fortunes for UAE cricket related to initiatives

Incentives have helped bring a spirit of unity to the UAE cricket team.

DUBAI // While the UAE's cricketers continue to enjoy a new sense of upward mobility, today's opponents in the World Cricket League (WCL), Bermuda, could be about to join cricket's breadline.

Since the start of this year, at the suggestion of Kabir Khan, their head coach, the Emirates Cricket Board have provided their players with a string of financial incentives for representing the national team.

For example, Ahmed Raza, the left-arm spinner, earned a US$100 (Dh367) bonus from the board for his man of the match performance in the WCL Division Two against Uganda last time out.

It is one of a number of initiatives on Kabir's master plan and the players are clearly reacting in a positive way.

They have already clinched their place in tomorrow's final, which will probably be against Namibia, who face Hong Kong today.

By contrast, Bermuda's bank account could suffer a major blow depending on today's result at Dubai Sports City - the island nation have endured a significant fall since they surprisingly qualified for the 2007 World Cup at the UAE's expense. Lose today and, if other results go against them, Bermuda could drop down to Division Three and lose their ICC high performance grant.

"[Today] is do or die as far as we're concerned," David Moore, the Bermuda coach, said.