The 2022 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup is now just a matter of days and 16 teams look to compete for glory
The 2022 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup is only a matter of days away and 16 teams are looking to compete for glory – including the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
They have reached the competition for just the second time in their history after winning their qualifying path against Ireland in February. Now, ahead of the opening game against the Netherlands, let’s take a closer look at the UAE team.
They face the Netherlands, Sri Lanka and Namibia in Group A and need to finish in the top two to reach the Super 12 stage, a feat they have never achieved before.
They come into the competition after two defeats by Bangladesh but pushed them to the limit in the first game to lose by just seven runs, a result that would have given them enormous confidence.
They also suffered a loss to Hong Kong in a T20 Asia Cup qualifier but previously beat Singapore by 47 runs.
It would be a remarkable achievement should they manage to reach the Super 12 stage of the competition, but it will certainly be a difficult task to face three sides with significantly more World Cup pedigree than themselves.
History of the T20 World Championship
The UAE have only reached this stage of the competition once, eight years ago at the 2014 edition of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, where they were drawn into a group with the Netherlands, Zimbabwe and Ireland.
It was to be a tough time for them as they suffered three convincing defeats to finish bottom of their group. That means any win in this year’s competition will make history as the UAE look to break their T20 World Cup duck in Australia.
Looking at UAE’s batting roster, it’s immediately difficult to see beyond opening batsman Muhammed Waseem.
A recent 58 against Singapore showed how good his form is for the World Cup, but with an average of over 40 at T20 international level, including an incredible 112 against Ireland, Waseem is certainly one to watch out for.
Captain Chundangapoyil Rizwan recently achieved his high with an important 51 against Bangladesh, followed by his 49 against Hong Kong and UAE supporters will be hoping that form continues. Other good players include Basil Hameed, whose recent results of 42 against Bangladesh and 38 against Singapore show there is a lot to beat for the UAE.
Junaid Siddique will be the main man in UAE bowling offense at this World Cup, averaging just 22 and 29 wickets in 25 T20 internationals – Siddique will almost certainly be the one to watch.
At just 16, Aayan Afzaal Khan has made a promising start to his international career. He’s conceded three wickets in his two previous games against Bangladesh and looks like he’s one of the future.
Meanwhile, spinner Karthik Meiyappan, just 21, showed his skills when he won four wickets on his debut against Namibia, averaging just over 30, with a very impressive economy of just 4.64, he will be another to look for in this one spring should pay attention.
The action begins for the UAE against the Netherlands in Geelong on October 16 before taking on Sri Lanka at the same venue two days later. They meet Namibia in their final group match on Thursday 20 October.
Netherlands-UAE, October 16-Geelong (19:00 local time)
Sri Lanka-UAE, October 18-Geelong (19:00 local time)
Namibia-UAE, October 20-Geelong (19:00 local time)