Rohan Mustafa, UAE’s most-capped player, dropped from T20 World Cup squad

UAE have dropped former captain Rohan Mustafa – their most-capped participant throughout codecs – from the T20 World Cup squad. The group shall be led by CP Rizwan, who was named UAE’s T20I captain solely final month. Paradoxically, Mustafa had hit the profitable runs for UAE in opposition to Eire within the remaining of the qualifying event for the World Cup.

Mustafa’s axing means he can not obtain his goal of turning into the primary from his nation to play three World Cups, having earlier represented UAE on the T20 World Cup in 2014 and the ODI World Cup in Australia and New Zealand the next yr. His final look for UAE got here only some weeks again, whereas taking part in Kuwait within the T20 Asia Cup Qualifier.

“It was the dream for me, as it could have meant me turning into the primary UAE participant to play at three World Cups,” Mustafa was quoted as saying by The Nationwide Information.

“It is going to be a tragic second for me, and I really feel like they’re going to miss me a bit. I felt like I had been doing properly in T20Is, and was No 8 [in ICC’s allrounder rankings in T20Is] earlier than I finished taking a look at these items. I’ll miss them – and do consider they may miss me too – however I’ll positively sit down and watch their matches and pray for them to win.”

Vriitya Aravind shall be Rizwaan’s deputy for the World Cup, the place UAE will compete within the First Spherical, the precursor to the event correct. Aravind was the main run-scorer within the qualifiers held in February this yr, with 267 runs at a median of 89 and a strike charge of 154.
“This group has a stable illustration of expertise and youth,” Robin Singh, Director of Cricket and Nationwide Groups’ Head Coach, stated. “To characterize your nation is of nice satisfaction, and our [coaching] group has full perception within the maturity and abilities of this group of gamers, and we count on them to shock a number of groups with their performances.”

UAE have been positioned alongside Sri Lanka, Netherlands and Namibia in Group A of the First Spherical, from the place the highest two groups – alongside one of the best two from Group B – will make the primary spherical. They play their first match in opposition to Netherlands in Geelong on October 16, the opening day of the occasion.

UAE squad: CP Rizwan (capt), Vriitya Aravind (vice-capt), Chirag Suri, Muhammad Waseem, Basil Hameed, Aryan Lakra, Zawar Farid, Kashif Daud, Karthik Meiyappan, Ahmed Raza, Zahoor Khan, Junaid Siddique, Sabir Ali, Alishan Sharafu and Aayan Khan

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