Dubai: Nine junior cricket clubs from England are to play against Delhi Private School Young Talents Cricket Academy under-13 and under-15 teams in the UAE.
"Many club teams from England are keen to play in UAE and we have agreed to host them. Two club teams from Yorkshire and another from London will be here soon. Matches against these teams will provide good exposure for our boys too," said Shehzad Altaf, the chief coach of the DPS Young Talents Academy.
The M23XI Club team from Sussex are currently touring the UAE. The DPS YTA Academy under-13 and under-15 boys bowed to M23 XI at the Delhi Private School ground.
The under-13 team managed to score 90 for seven in 20 overs with Abhijeet top-scoring with 43 runs. G. Lawrence of M23 XI took three wickets with good support from H. Clark, who took two wickets.
Steadied the innings
M23 XI lost an early wicket, when Vaibhav trapped Dunnigs leg before. J. Donyer (46n.o.) and D. Evans (28) steadied the innings. Though the DPS team fought back, M23 XI won by four wickets. Abhijeet took three wickets too.
The under-15 team were bowled out for 109 in 23 overs with Adil hitting 25 and Abhinav (20). M23 XI won by six wickets with four overs to spare.
"Six teams from England have confirmed to play in the Nissan Cup to be held soon," said Altaf, who is also planning to take his junior teams on a tour of Australia in January.
The DPS YTA had organised a tournament in England recently and won the tournament.
Meanwhile, the Seven Seas Sports Club, under the auspices of the Dubai Cricket Council, will stage the Al Taher Spices Cricket Cup from the first week of November.
The tournament will be held at the Seven Seas D.I.P. grounds.
Interested teams can contact Tariq Butt on 050-6584161, Dubai Cricket Council's Farooq Seddiqi on 050-6514069 or Jameel on 050-4208416.