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UAE take on Canada in ICC Six-Nations opener

The International Cricket Council's Six Nations Challenge Cricket tournament will commence from February 29.

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The in-form allrounder Khuram Khan is appointed the UAE skipper.
The International Cricket Council's Six Nations Challenge Cricket tournament will commence from February 29.

Hosts UAE will take on Canada in the opener to be held at the Dubai Cricket Council ground. The UAE team is being led by allrounder Khuram Khan.

"It is a great honour for Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) to host this prestigious event," remarked Abdulrehman Bukhatir, the President of the ECB after disclosing the details of the tournament.

"Canada, Holland, Scotland, Namibia, USA and UAE are the teams participating in this event. The winning team will qualify for a spot in the ICC Champions Trophy 2004 alongside the Test nations in England in September," added Bukhatir.

Fifteen matches will be played at the three venues in Dubai and Sharjah.

"Tim Anderson, the ICC Development Officer, East Asia Pacific, will be the event manager. Bob Woolmer, the ICC High Performance Manager has been appointed member technical committee while International Test umpire, Darrell Hair will be the tournament referee. The matches will be played in coloured clothing and white ball," revealed Mazhar Khan, the ECB Administrator. USA team will be the first team to arrive on Monday.

Practice matches with local clubs are being organised for USA, Canada and Scotland.

Following are the teams:
UAE:
Khuram Khan (Capt), Ahmed Nadeem, Ali Asad, Arshad Ali, Asghar Ali, Asim Saeed, Fahad Usman, Mohamed Afzal, Mohamed Nadeem, Mohamed Tauqir, Naeemuddin Aslam, Nasir Siddiqui, Syed Maqsood, Yogesh Mistry, Abdul Razak Kazim (Manager), Syed Abid Ali (Coach), C. Sudhakar (Physio). Iftikhar Ali (Umpire).

Canada: Joseph Harris (Capt); Zubin Surkari; Ishwar Maraj. Desmond Randolph, Shantha D Jayasekera, Ian Ronald Khan, Zahid Hussain, Ashif Abdulhai Mulla, D. Elliot Sylvester Maxwel, Austin Ashley Codrington, Ashish Bagai, Ashish Patel, Kevin Sandher Sunil Dhaniram, Michael Nicholas Henry (Manager) Bryan Michael Mauricette (Coach), Dan Kiesel (Physio), Kantilal Patel (Umpire).

Holland: Luuk van Troost (Captain) Jacob-Jan Esmeijer, Sebastiaan Gokke ; Tjade Groot, Feik Kloppenburg, Tim de Leede, Henk Jan Mol, Adeel Raja, Darron Reekers, Edgar Schiferli, Chris Smith, Jeroen Smits, Daan van Bunge, Bas Zuiderent, Hans Mulder (Manager), Emmerson Trotman (Coach), Jim Bodde (Physio) Erik van der Vegt (Umpire).

Namibia: JB Burger (Captain); Louis J Burger; Kola Burger,Sarel F Burger
Danie Keulder, Bjorn Kotze, Deon B Kotze, Gerrie Snyman, Stephan S Swanepoel, Johannes M Van Der Merwe, Burton O Van Rooi, Melt Van Schoor, Rudie van Vuuren, Riaan Walters, Francois Erasmus (Manager), Kevin Curran (Coach), Rina Valentin (Physio), Hendrik Venter (Umpire).

Scotland: Craig Wright (Captain); James Brinkley, Douglas Lockhart, Majid Haq, Paul Hoffmann, Ian Stanger, John Williamson, Gavin Hamilton, James Kerr, David Watts, Gregor Maiden, Ryan Watson, Douglas Brown, John Blain, Euan McIntrye (Manager), Anthony Judd (Coach), Margaret Gibson (Physio) John Thallon (Umpire).

U.S.A: Richard Staple (Captain); Nasir Javed, Amer Afzaluddin, Rohan Alexander, Aijaz Ali, Charles Reid, Zamin Amin, Jignesh Desai, Mohammed Waseem Khan, Howard Johnson, Denovan Blake, Rahul Kukreti. Clayton Lambert, Steve Masiah Huber Miller (Manager), S Bacchus (Coach), Akhtar Masood Syed (Physio), Vernon Nesfield (Umpire).

FIXTURES
Feb 29: Namibia v U.S.A. (Sharjah) Scotland v. Holland (Dubai 1) Canada v. U.A.E (Dubai 2)
March 1: Holland v Canada (Sharjah) Namibia v. Scotland (Dubai 1) U.A.E. v. U.S.A. (Dubai 2).
March 2: Rest day
March 3: U.A.E. v. Scotland (Sharjah), U.S.A. v. Canada (Dubai 1) Holland v. Namibia (Dubai 2)
March 4: Scotland v. Canada (Sharjah) Namibia v. U.A.E. (Dubai 1) U.S.A. v. Holland (Dubai 2)
March 5: Rest day
March 6: March Holland v. U.A.E. (Sharjah) Canada v. Namibia (Dubai 1) Scotland v. U.S.A.(Dubai 2).
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