Dubai: The UAE indoor cricket team will take part in the New Zealand-Asia Cup tournament to be held in Singapore from Wednesday. The squad captained by Vikrant Shetty, who had also excelled for UAE team in outdoor cricket, is hoping to produce a creditable show.
This international indoor tournament is contested by all the Asian teams such as India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, UAE, hosts Singapore and New Zealand. UAE had played in the World Cup held in Dubai in 2017 in which Australians became champions with New Zealand finishing runners-up. New Zealand will be the favourites in the Singapore tournament. Emirates Cricket Board had handed the selection and management of the players to Insportz and hence the team will be officially called Insportz UAE team. The main sponsor of the team will be Data Care, while Nucaf and Ace OEL are support sponsors.
The tournament will be conclude on April 6. Aaqib Malek is the vice-captain of the UAE team. Speaking about his team’s chances, Shetty said: “We had beaten England in the World Cup and that has given the boys confidence to compete at international stage and we hope to create an impact this time too.”
Squad: Vikrant Shetty (captain), Saqib Nazir, Aaqib Malek, Nashwan Nasir, Isuru Umesh, Prashath Kumara, Dilisara Sasanka, Rana Dastagir, Ramveer Rai, Siddharth Puthran, Sameer Nayak, Hariharan Gurumurthy.