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The UAE had been close to peerless in Asia when it came to Associate-level cricket before losing the 2008 ACC Trophy Elite final to Hong Kong, thus ending its run of four consecutive titles. That was then followed by the disappointment of missing out not only on the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, but also on ODI status, following a heavy defeat to Scotland on the last day of the Super Eights stages at the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier in 2009.
The rise of Afghanistan saw that nation lift the ACC Trophy in 2010, with the UAE slumping to sixth in a competition it once dominated. However, with Kabir Khan returning to the UAE as coach after his spell with Afghanistan, UAE won promotion to the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division One as Division Two champions in 2011. Kabir has since returned to the Afghans. Out of the top-flight four-day ICC Intercontinental Cup for two years, it got back to the Elite by reaching the final of the ICC Intercontinental Shield in 2010. However, it was conspicuous by its absence when the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier was played at home in March 2012.
There are many reasons, socio-economic ones notwithstanding, why the UAE should have one of the deepest talent-pools in Asia. One of the key factors in its players' level of performance is the UAE's competitive domestic format. It is easy for the national team to play at its best in international fixtures because it has to play at its best in domestic ones. It is almost certainly among the fittest teams in Asia outside that of the Test playing countries.
At age-group level, other Asian countries tend to find the UAE beatable but, even there, such is the country's ability to find talented cricketers, it remains one of the strongest teams. The catchment area for cricketers is starting to spread outside the traditional confines of Sharjah and Dubai into the other Emirates.
UAE pioneered the take-up of women's cricket in the Gulf by fielding a team in the 2007 ACC Women's Tournament and has subsequently continued to promote women's participation in the game.