Game to start 10am at the ICC Academy, Dubai Sports City. Game forms an integral part of UAE Cricket’s HPP leading into UAE representation at the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup.
UAE, Dubai, Thursday November 20th, 2014 : UAE XI will play a New Zealand A team on Sunday, November 23rd 2014, as part of the UAE National Cricket team’s training and preparation programme ahead of the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup (CWC).
Khalid Al Zarooni, Emirates Cricket Board Deputy Chairman commented; “It is wonderful that the UAE team has qualified for the Cricket World Cup and I know that the Board, under the Chairmanship of His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister for Culture, Youth and Social Development is fully behind the team and wish all the players great success in Australia and New Zealand."
The game against New Zealand A comes at the close of an intense 3-week training camp, which saw consultant coaches Paul Collingwood, Paul Franks and Chris Read assist Head Coach Aqib Javed during the UAE National Teams World Cup preparations camp. The game will act as an integral warm-up for the UAE team ahead of the UAE v Afghanistan ODI series, which commences Friday November 28th.
“The UAE National Team has achieved so much in getting to the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2015 and it is essential that we are fully prepared for what will be a huge challenge. Only a certain amount can be achieved from practice and training, as it is high quality competitive matches that stretch the players to their limits and make quantum jumps in performance possible.” commented David East, Emirates Cricket Board CEO. “For our team to have the opportunity to play against a top quality New Zealand team as part of our preparation is fantastic, and we are extremely grateful to them for their support.” he added.
During the game, UAE Cricket’s high performance and coaching team will be assessing and benchmarking the progress the players have made, particularly with World Cup selection in mind. A major factor of the preparation camp has been the fitness and athletic skills of the team. The monitoring and assessment in this area was taken to the next level via the introduction of the Activio Sports heart rate monitoring system, allowing the sports science team to capture and review real-time information on each player to fine tune their athletic development and training.
“This is a great opportunity for us to put into the place the skills which we have been working hard on during our latest preparation camp, particularly as we approach an important ODI series versus Afghanistan starting Friday 28th. As we continue our preparation towards the Cricket World Cup, the opportunity for us to lock horns with a full member side comprised of world-class players is fantastic and one we’re really looking forward to.” said Will Kitchen, General Manager, ICC Academy and UAE Cricket High Performance Manager. “We are grateful to Richard Done, who oversees the ICC Gatorade High Performance Programme and New Zealand Cricket for creating this opportunity for our team.” added Kitchen
Sunday’s UAE XI v New Zealand A game will be played at the ICC Academy and will start at 10am.