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UAE T20 Squad |UAE Men’s Cricket Team: UAE Cricket Team in 2024

A transformation is underway in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) T20 cricket team, driven by a vision of re-establishing themselves as a leading Associate Member on the global stage. The Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) leads them with an aspiration to consistently compete with top-rated Associate teams like Ireland, Netherlands and Scotland. Victories on the global stage are aimed towards igniting UAE’s passion for cricket and ensuring regular qualification for major ICC events without going through qualification tournaments. The UAE aims to become a formidable force in Asian cricket by focusing on developing all-round cricketers and moving up the ICC T20 rankings. Heinrich Malan is the head coach who will lead UAE’s new coaching staff but faces some challenges of inconsistency to deal with as well as strong competition. The UAE wants to make it far in the 2024 World Cup T20, capitalising on its talent pool and creating a solid unit while looking out for new players who can turn them into rising stars.

Player Name Speciality Age 
Muhammad WaseemOpening Batter30
Vriitya AravindWicketkeeper Batter21
Basil HameedMiddle order Batter31
Rahul ChopraWicketkeeper Batter29
Alishan SharafuOpening Batter21
Tanish SuriWicketkeeper Batter18
Ashwanth ValthapaWicketkeeper Batter22
Aayan Afzal KhanBowling Allrounder18
Nilansh KeswaniAll-rounder20
Ali NaseerAll-rounder19
Akif RajaBowler31
Aryan LakraBowler22
Hazrat LuqmanBowler34
Junaid SiddiqueBowler31
Muhammad ZuhaibBowler20
Omid Shafi RahmanBowler19

UAE T20 Cricket Team

Muhammad Waseem

Muhammad Waseem

Muhammad Waseem is one among many prominent batters who play opening cricket. Besides being a right-handed batter he also contributes right-arm medium bowling. This makes him extremely flexible since his versatility enables him to provide important services such as batting at the number one slot and offering himself as an option as a bowler.

Batting
T20IsT20s
Matches5265
Runs18772199
Innings5265
Not Out35
Balls Faced12221446
High Score112112
Average38.336.65
Strike Rate153.6152.07
Bowling
T20IsT20s
Matches5265
Balls5959
Innings77
Runs9696
Wickets55
Average19.219.2
Strike Rate11.811.8

Vriitya Aravind

Vriitya Aravind

Vriitya Aravind, aged 21 years is a world-renowned player of cricket, serving Oman’s wicketkeeping-batting roles and has been identified as having great potential for the future because he plays right-hand bat.

Batting
T20IsT20s
Matches4848
Runs10521052
Innings4343
Not Out55
Balls Faced936936
High Score9797
Average27.6827.68
Strike Rate112.39112.39

Basil Hameed

Basil Hameed

Basil Hameed is an active cricketer known for his expertise in batting right-handed hits while making use of off-break using his right-hand arm. He can easily become an effective contributor from the batting order, adding depth to his team’s batting lineup. 

Batting
T20IsT20s
Matches5662
Runs679679
Innings4747
Not Out1313
Balls Faced563563
High Score5151
Average19.9718.68
Strike Rate120.6119.73
Bowling
T20IsT20s
Matches5662
Balls418418
Innings3131
Runs487487
Wickets3030
Average16.2316.23
Strike Rate13.913.9

Rahul Chopra

Rahul Chopra

Rahul Chopra also is a right-arm batsman who keeps wickets for his team. He supports by scoring valuable runs with the bat and is known for being solid behind the stumps hence he doubles as a wicket-keeper batter.

Batting
T20IsT20s
Matches33
Runs1648
Innings28
Not Out03
Balls Faced3070
High Score1420
Average89.6
Strike Rate53.3368.57

Alishan Sharafu

Alishan Sharafu

Alishan Sharafu is a cricketer known for his ability to open the batting. Oman’s line-up consists of this player who uses his right-hand technique, offering stability and aggression in his batting style. Further, his medium-pace right-arm bowling gives Oman options in other areas of the game.

Batting
T20IsT20s
Matches2637
Runs532752
Innings2334
Not Out67
Balls Faced399582
High Score9090
Average31.2927.85
Strike Rate133.33129.2

Tanish Suri

Tanish Suri

Tanish Suri plays outstanding cricket as well, in particular, when he puts on gloves while fielding as he prefers a right-handed batsman stance.

Batting
T20IsT20s
Matches78
Runs7782
Innings78
Not Out12
Balls Faced8587
High Score3737
Average12.8313.66
Strike Rate90.5894.25

Ashwanth Valthapa

Ashwanth Valthapa

Ashwanth Valthapa is only 22 years old but already a talented batsman keeping wicket for his side being left-handed. This adds flexibility to the system because Valthapa shows an impressive ability to play different shots while making him flexible.

Batting
T20IsT20s
Matches11
Runs55
Innings11
Not Out00
Balls Faced1212
High Score55
Average55
Strike Rate41.6641.66

Aayan Afzal Khan

Aayan Afzal Khan

Aayan Afzal Khan is also another good all-rounder but plays as a bowler more than anything else. Aaran Khan can perform effectively with both bat and ball at different times depending on the situation of the game since he has been regarded as an excellent all-rounder capable of changing games in one way or another.

Batting
T20IsT20s
Matches3240
Runs159170
Innings1618
Not Out45
Balls Faced172190
High Score4242
Average13.2513.07
Strike Rate92.4489.47
Bowling
T20IsT20s
Matches3240
Balls662763
Innings3138
Runs639754
Wickets3238
Average19.9619.84
Strike Rate20.620

Nilansh Keswani

Nilansh Keswani

Nilansh Keswani, a cricket all-rounder, is known for being a left-handed batsman and slow left-arm orthodox bowler. In cricket, he is an all-rounder who can contribute with both the bat and ball, making him a valuable asset to any team. 

Batting
T20IsT20s
Matches911
Runs5156
Innings56
Not Out44
Balls Faced4856
High Score3131
Average5128
Strike Rate106.25100
Bowling
T20IsT20s
Matches911
Balls210215
Innings910
Runs251261
Wickets99
Average27.8829
Strike Rate23.323.8

Ali Naseer

Ali Naseer

Ali Naseer has been a versatile player in Oman’s T20 cricket squad. The kind of flair and aggression that he brings to the crease as a left-hander makes him very capable of either anchoring an innings or playing explosive cameos when necessary. While bowling medium pace right arm, Naseer adds substance to the team’s bowling attack and occasionally gets breakthroughs at crunch times.

Batting
T20IsT20s
Matches2430
Runs216299
Innings1620
Not Out47
Balls Faced171239
High Score4863
Average1823
Strike Rate126.31125.1
Bowling
T20IsT20s
Matches2430
Balls511541
Innings2426
Runs651690
Wickets3233
Average20.3420.9
Strike Rate15.916.3

Akif Raja

Akif Raja

Akif Raja is very well known for his skills in medium fast right-arm batting as well as left-handed batting abilities. Being primarily a bowler; he provides versatility on the field by also being able to contribute effectively with both bat and ball.

Batting
T20IsT20s
Matches1828
Runs7480
Innings69
Not Out7480
Balls Faced6476
High Score2828
Average3720
Strike Rate115.62105.26
Bowling
T20IsT20s
Matches1828
Balls300421
Innings1725
Runs427612
Wickets1419
Average30.532.21
Strike Rate21.422.1

Aryan Lakra

Aryan Lakra

Aryan Lakra from the United Arab Emirates is known for having slow left-arm orthodox bowling and left-handed batting skills. His main role during play is that of a bowler where his expertise materials on the ground.

Batting
T20IsT20s
Matches1013
Runs114118
Innings1011
Not Out23
Balls Faced107112
High Score6363
Average14.2514.75
Strike Rate106.54105.35
Bowling
T20IsT20s
Matches1013
Balls4244
Innings34
Runs4654
Wickets22
Average2327
Strike Rate2122

Hazrat Luqman

Hazrat Luqman

Hazrat Luqman plays as an important bowler in the team but he is popularly named due to his abilities in right-hand batting and right-arm medium-pace bowling. This means that although his primary focus lies upon his outstanding city in bowling, it should not be disregarded that Hazrat’s contribution through batting does not happen just like that.

Batting
T20IsT20s
Matches22
Runs88
Innings11
Not Out00
Balls Faced66
High Score88
Average88
Strike Rate133.33133.33
Bowling
T20IsT20s
Matches22
Balls3636
Innings22
Runs6060
Wickets11
Average6060
Strike Rate3636

Junaid Siddique

Junaid Siddique

Junaid Siddique is from Bangladesh and happens to be a right-handed batsman and a right-arm medium-fast bowler respectively. Siddique has shown his skill with the bat in different forms of competition.

Batting
T20IsT20s
Matches5457
Runs6869
Innings1920
Not Out1011
Balls Faced7275
High Score1818
Average7.557.66
Strike Rate94.4492
Bowling
T20IsT20s
Matches5457
Balls11931223
Innings5457
Runs15021537
Wickets6971
Average21.7621.64
Strike Rate17.217.2

Muhammad Zuhaib

Muhammad Zuhaib

Muhammad Zuhaib comes from Oman which serves as an indication of how much this player helps the country’s team especially as far as using different tactics is concerned.

Batting
T20IsT20s
Matches210
Runs1317
Innings13
Not Out02
Balls Faced917
High Score1313
Average1317
Strike Rate144.44100
Bowling
T20IsT20s
Matches210
Balls36168
Innings210
Runs48221
Wickets011
Average20.09
Strike Rate15.2

Omid Shafi Rahman

Omid Shafi Rahman

Omid Shafi Rahman bats with his right hand while bowling right-arm medium pace. He hails from Oman and has a variety of skills that make him a great asset to his team. His right-handed batting makes the batting line-up stable as well as aggressive.

Batting
T20IsT20s
Matches33
Runs00
Innings11
Not Out00
Balls Faced66
High Score00
Average00
Strike Rate00
Bowling
T20IsT20s
Matches33
Balls5252
Innings33
Runs4242
Wickets55
Average8.48.4
Strike Rate10.410.4

UAE T20 Cricket Team Winning Records

TeamOppositionSpanTotal MatchesWonLostNo Result 
United Arab EmiratesCanada20191100
United Arab EmiratesQatar2020 – 20232200
United Arab EmiratesAfghanistan2015 – 202412390
United Arab EmiratesZimbabwe20141010
United Arab EmiratesHong Kong2016 – 20236420
United Arab EmiratesNamibia2021 – 20222110
United Arab EmiratesGermany20221100
United Arab EmiratesIndia20161010
United Arab EmiratesNew Zealand20233120
United Arab EmiratesPakistan20161010
United Arab EmiratesSri Lanka2016 – 20222020
United Arab EmiratesOman2015 – 20237340
United Arab EmiratesSingapore20221100
United Arab EmiratesSouth Arabia2020 – 20232200
United Arab EmiratesJersey20191010
United Arab EmiratesBangladesh 2016 – 20223030
United Arab EmiratesNigeria20191100
United Arab EmiratesNetherlands2014 – 20229450
United Arab EmiratesIran20201100
United Arab EmiratesIreland2014 – 202211740
United Arab EmiratesAustralia20181010
United Arab EmiratesUnited States of America 20192101
United Arab EmiratesKuwait2020 – 20246510
United Arab EmiratesPapua New Guinea20173300
United Arab EmiratesCambodia20241100
United Arab EmiratesBahrain2022 – 20244220
United Arab EmiratesNepal2019 – 202410550
United Arab EmiratesScotland2015 – 20246240

UAE T20 Cricket Team World Cup Records

YearTotal MatchesWonLost
2013 – 2014303
2022 – 2023312

UAE T20 Cricket Team Coach

Under the captainship of Lalchand Rajput, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) T20 cricket team intends to display a strong performance during the 2024 World Cup. A former Indian cricketer and one-time successful coach in different domestic league teams as well as national sides is expected to bring much experience on board.

Head Coach 

Lalchand Rajput: Appointed in February 2024, Rajput brings vast experience from his playing days with the Indian national team and various coaching stints. In previous teams he has coached, he has succeeded by ensuring discipline within his units, planning tactically before games commence and taking a holistic approach.

Heinrich Malan: Appointed in 2024, Malan brings a wealth of experience as a former South African batsman and a successful T20 coach in various domestic leagues around the world. He focuses on aggressive batting instincts, developing a winning team culture and capitalising on opposition weaknesses; thus making him a sharp, sharp-minded person.

Fielding Coach – Mohammad Yousuf

 In 2022, Yousuf became the Fielding Coach after having played as a player for UAE and was highly rated for his athleticism and sharp fielding skills. The practice sessions on fielding, drills of anticipation and fostering a strong catching culture have led to improvement of UAE’s fielding performance.

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