UAE skipper happy with Asia Cup experience


UAE skipper Amjad Javed says that despite his side losing four games in a row at the Asia Cup, his players are better for taking part in the event, and any exposure to the game is valuable.

The UAE took part in the main draw after winning the qualifying event, but the new level of opposition was too much  for the semi-professional side. But they did put on some good performances, and Javed was pleased with how they went.

Javed said after the defeat against India on Thursday: "When they will be seeing us playing India, their expectation will go sky high.

"They want to become cricketers and follow us, they want to represent UAE; you can get a good cricketer from them.

"Now we should get more international matches, like Zimbabwe, Ireland, Bangladesh – these games will give us the experience of playing at that level.

"If at some stage in the future we can qualify for the Asia Cup again, it will be easier for us then. The team will have that sort of experience to compete with them."

Javed also suggested that when teams go to the UAE to face Pakistan, they should also build a match or two against the actual UAE home side into the itinerary.

He added: "If ICC can really look into this – any team that now comes to Dubai – it's home for Pakistan. It will be good that any international teams that are coming there, they play one 50-over game and one T20 with us.

"That will be great experience for us and very good for UAE cricket."