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Bermuda and UAE gear up for I Shield challenge

Bermuda hosts UAE for the ICC Intercontinental Shield

Bermuda and UAE gear up for I Shield challenge - Cricket News
Bermuda will host United Arab Emirates (UAE) for the ICC Intercontinental Shield clash from 5-8 July at the National Sports Centre, North Field. The series will also include two 50-over matches and two Twenty20s.

The UAE cricket team is confident of succeeding the Bermuda challenge in the four-day game and record an outright win over Bermuda to progress to the final of the tournament played at home in November this year. The team is currently in third position with 17 points from two matches, winning one game against Namibia by four wickets in December 2009, and a drawn match against Uganda early this year.

Speaking to Gulf News, Mohammad Lokhandwala, Manager of the UAE team, said: "We have done our calculations and also worked out our team's strategy for the match. We need to get 14 points from the match if we have to make it to the final. Only an outright win against Bermuda can help us get those points."

"Our aim is to give our best and win because the final of this tournament is scheduled in UAE from November 25."

"The Uganda and Namibia clash from 18-21 September will be crucial for us and we are expecting Uganda to win. However, we are going well-prepared to Bermuda and we have players like captain Khurram Khan, Saqib Ali, Arshad Ali and vice-captain Mohammad Tauqir who can lift UAE to victory. The team is a mix of experience and youth with three new players Swapnil Patil, Tahir Butt and Saqib Hussain Shah in the squad," he added.

Bermuda on the other hand, is currently placed at the bottom of the ICC Intercontinental Shield table with no points from two losses against Uganda by seven wickets and Namibia by an innings and 185 runs respectively. The team will go into the match, knowing that though it cannot qualify for the final, it will be determined not to finish the competition pointless.

Head coach David Moore recognizes the batsmen inability to deal with spin bowling and has been putting the Bermuda squad through extra batting practice.

Speaking to the Royal Gazette, he said: "We've been doing a little extra work, doing some drills on playing spin bowling, trying to expand our repertoire of shots, and options to be able to play spin bowling. Whether or not it takes effect immediately is another thing."

"What actually has interested me since I've been here is that the wickets do spin a fair bit, but we do play spin quite poorly, and I just don't know why that is," said Moore.

The full squad is as follows:

Bermuda: David Hemp (captain), Stephen Outerbridge (vice captain), Chris Foggo, Fiqre Crockwell, Irving Romaine, Shannon Rayner, Terryn Fray, Jekon Edness, Rodney Trott, Joshua Gilbert, Tamauri Tucker, Stefan Kelly, Jordan DeSilva, Kevin Tucker, Jim West, Stephan Dill, Justin Pitcher.

United Arab Emirates: Khurram Khan (captain), Mohamed Touqir (vice captain), Abdul Rehman, Arshad Ali, Ahmed Raza, Saqib Ali, Shadeep Silva, Qassim Zubair, Amjad Javed, Saqib Hussain Shah, Swapnil Patil, Tahir Butt, Mois Shahid, Naeemuddin Aslam

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