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UAE Badminton Revolution: Rising Stars Shine

In recent years, the UAE has witnessed a remarkable surge in its badminton scene, with four teenage players claiming the coveted top spots in the Badminton World Federation's (BWF) junior rankings. Identical twins Dhiren and Dev Ayyappan, along with Taabia Khan and Bharath Latheesh, have all made significant strides in their respective categories, showcasing the nation's growing prowess in the sport. This meteoric rise can be attributed to a combination of factors, including the relentless efforts of the UAE Badminton Federation and the

Ronaldo’s UAE Return: Messi Chants Fill Stadium

Cristiano Ronaldo's Return: Fans Enthralled as Messi Chants Echo Stadium In 2017, Cristiano Ronaldo's heroics led Real Madrid to victory in the FIFA Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi. Now, years later, Ronaldo finds himself back in the UAE, this time representing Saudi Arabian club Al Nassr against Al Ain FC in an AFC Asian Champions League quarterfinal showdown. Expectations were high as fans anticipated the arrival of the five-time Ballon d'Or winner, hoping to witness his magic on the field. While some

Five-star Qatar crush UAE to storm into semi-finals

Asian champions Qatar thrashed the United Arab Emirates 5-0 to cruise into the semi-finals of the FIFA Arab Cup at the packed Al Bayt Stadium on Friday.       With almost 60,000 singing and chanting spectators creating an electric atmosphere at the FIFA World Cup venue, Al Annabi showed a ruthless performance against their Gulf rivals to storm into the semis, where they will meet Morocco or Algeria on December 15.  An own goal by Ali Salmeen took Qatar ahead in the
IPL 2021 To Resume On September 19 In UAE, Final On October 15: Report

IPL 2021 To Resume On September 19 In UAE,…

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has zeroed in on the date for the resumption of the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League to be held in UAE. The first game on resumption will be played on September 19 while the final will be hosted on October 15 -- the day India will be celebrating Dussehra this year. Speaking to ANI, a BCCI official in the know of developments of the recent meetings between the BCCI and the Emirates

Abu Dhabi T10 out to prove format sustainability as…

The 2021 edition will kick off today and will include 29 matches over 10 days. The Abu Dhabi T10 League kicks off on Thursday, with the fourth edition looking to further establish a proof of concept and longer-term legacy for the format, even as its suitability to spearhead cricket's long-awaited return to the Olympics Games continues to be discussed. With the Covid-19 pandemic still far from gone, this year's tournament has gone to extraordinary lengths to try and conduct the 29 matches over

Evolution of Cricket in the United Arab Emirates

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) became an associate member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) way back in 1990. The Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) was established in 1989 and the UAE became an associate member of the ICC the very next year. Cricket now in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is governed by the Emirates Cricket Board, overseeing all cricket activities in the Emirates including the 4 major councils; Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai and Sharjah. However, since the establishment of the board, their
ThreeUAE Player Charged for Match fixing by ICC Including UAE Skipper

Suspensions related to match-fixing rock UAE prior to T20…

In a shocking development ahead of the upcoming T20 World Cup Qualifier, to be hosted by the United Arab Emirates (UAE), three players from the UAE including Mohammed Naveed, the national captain, have received charges under ICC’s anti-corruption code. They have received provisional suspension ahead of the vital qualifier tournament and Naveed has already been removed from the UAE team without any official explanations on the 10th of October (Thursday). Batsman Shaiman Anwar and pace bowler Qadeer Ahmed have also been removed from

T10 League CEO Arvinder Singh promises top quality cricket

T10 League CEO Arvinder Singh is confident that the action-packed league will be a huge success, thanks to the top quality entertainment on the field. “I did not see the first tournament live. I had heard about this but, to be frank, I did not take it seriously. I don’t blame anybody for what happened last year. It started off as four days of cricket, carnival and entertainment.” Arvinder was quoted saying to ESPNcricinfo. Arvinder Singh who was earlier the CEO of IPL

T10 League round-up – Hattricks, Sixes and more Sixes!

If you are traveling anywhere near the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, beware! A spherical white object could be coming at you with an incredible pace. The second edition of the T10 League began on 21st November, and it has set the cricket world buzzing. In the eight matches played so far, we have already witnessed some unimaginable feats. Here is a round-up of all the action. Shahzad’s Slaughter Afghanistan’s portly batting giant, Mohammad Shahzad, struck an unbelievable 74 not out from just 16 balls as Rajputs chased 95 runs in just four overs. Shazad reached his fifty in just 12 balls, and he was truly unstoppable on the opening night of T10 League. Nepal’s magic boy  The national diversities were at display in the T10 League

T10 League 2018 – Team Preview: Kerala Kings

Adding another format to the glorious game of cricket, T10 League kicks off today in the UAE. The 10-over tournament begins on 21st November and will be completed on 2nd December with the final taking place at the Sharjah Stadium. Eight teams will play out a total of 29 matches and eventually one will emerge as the champion. The champion of the previous year’s T10 League was Kerala Kings. The franchise has retained its winning captain, and Eoin Morgan will once again be eyeing the trophy. The Kings will be coached by New Zealand legend Daniel Vettori. Here is the team preview of defending champions: Batting unit The Kerala Kings possess the greatest T20 batsman in their ranks. Although his powers are waning, Chris Gayle is still a force in the domestic cricket leagues. The bowlers will inevitably be under pressure

T10 League 2018 – Team Preview: Sindhis

The thrill of 10-over cricket begins from 21st November in Sharjah Stadium, UAE. This will be the second of the tournament and this year also it features many of the cricketing legends. The competition includes eight teams playing 29 matches with the final staged on 2nd December. One of the fresh teams added to the tournament this year is Sindhis. The team was initially named Karachians but it had to be changed due to a dispute. They will be lead by Shane Watson

T10 League 2018 – Team Preview: Pakhtoons

The game of cricket has condensed itself into just 10 overs, and the second edition of the T10 League begins on 21st November in Sharjah Stadium, Dubai. Total of eight teams will battle in 29 matches to determine one winner on 2nd December. One of the strong contenders is the Pakhtoons team. Lead by the mercurial Shahid Afridi, Pakhtoons will be hoping to improve from their last year’s performance. Their coach for this season will be the former Australian cricketer Dean Jones who

T10 League 2018 – Team Preview: Bengal Tigers

Building on the success of the first edition of the T10 League in 2017, the second edition of the T10 League is just a few days away. Three new teams will be in contention for the championship this year. A total of 29 matches will take place at the Sharjah Stadium with the final scheduled on 2nd December. Bengal Tigers ended the first season in a disappointing fashion and will be eyeing a spectacular comeback in this edition. Caribbean mystery spinner Sunil Narine

T10 League 2018 – Team Preview: Maratha Arabians

The Maratha Arabians have a fresh team this year for the T10 League 2018 as they are without both their previous captains. The crown jewel of the Maratha Arabians will, of course, be the Afghan sensation, Rashid Khan. The leg-spinner is ruling the world when it comes to bowling with the white ball and has proved his worth in almost every tournament he has taken part in. The Pakistani legend Wasim Akram will coach the Maratha Arabians. The swing wizard has been at the helm of international sides and will be crucial in the T10 campaign. Here is how Maratha Arabians line up for the 10-over cricket competition. Batting unit Maratha Arabians have the English opener Alex Hales spearheading the batting order. They also the Pakistani

T10 League 2018 – Team Preview: Rajpoots

The second edition of the T10 Cricket League is just a week away from kicking off in UAE and the Rajpoots are gearing up for their inaugural season. The tournament this year has expanded to eight teams from having six teams last season. The competition shall commence on 21st November, and the final will be played on 2nd December 2018. All 29 matches shall be played at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah. One of the three new teams that have joined the T10 League this season is Rajpoots. The team will be captained by Brendon McCullum who is well-known for belligerent hitting. The New Zealander has been named as the icon player for the Rajpoots. Furthermore, South Africa’s legendary batsman Herschelle Gibbs will be the coach for this season. Batting unit The Rajpoots own a star-studded batting lineup that will make the bowlers shudder

T10 League – Team Preview: Northern Warriors

We are fast approaching the second edition of the exciting T10 League which is about to start in UAE from 21st November. This year, the two new teams have been added to the roster, swelling the number of competitors from six to eight. One of the fresh participants is Northern Warriors. The Northern Warriors will be captained by two-time T20I World Cup-winning captain Daren Sammy. St Lucian is enormously experienced at franchise cricket and was a part of the Bengal Tigers team in T10 2017. The former Indian international Robin Singh shall serve as the team coach. Here is how the Northern Warriors stack up for their inaugural season: Batting unit Northern Warriors are packed with the might of Windies batting. We saw what Nicolas Pooran is capable of with the bat in the third T20I match against India. He will be accompanied by Lendl Simmons, who has played some

Shoaib Malik withdraws from T10 League to spend time…

Pakistan's all-rounder Shoaib Malik announced his withdrawal from the upcoming second season of the T10 League citing family reasons. The cricketer was the captain of the team ‘Punjabi Legends’ in the 10-over tournament which begins in UAE from 21st November. Shoaib Malik posted a tweet today from his Twitter account regarding his participation in the tournament: Malik recently represented Pakistan in the limited-overs matches of UAE tour against New Zealand. He was also one of Pakistan’s mainstays in the Asia Cup tournament which was played out in UAE. His wife, Indian Tennis star, Sani Mirza gave a birth to a baby boy on October 29.  Last month, the former Pakistani captain took to Twitter to announce the birth of his son and also revealed his name as Izhaan Mirza-Malik.

T10 League – Team Preview: Punjabi Legends

The second edition of the innovative T10 League in UAE commences on 21st November and the finalists of last year, Punjabi Legends, will be hoping to advance by one step this time. Led by the mercurial Pakistani legend Shoaib Malik, Punjabi Legends have added a few legendary names in their squad for this year. They will be coached by Mushtaq Ahmed, former Pakistan leg-spinner. Here is how Punjabi Legends line up: Batting unit In Luke Ronchi, Punjabi Legends has one of the most devastating openers going around in T20 cricket. Ronchi struck three consecutive fifties in the 10-over competition last year and capped off with a spectacular 70 from 34 balls in the final. He will be partnered by the West Indian dynamite Evin Lewis. The batsman is a ferocious striker of the white ball

Zaheer Khan reveals Dhoni’s influence on picking the jersey…

India’s legendary left-arm fast bowler Zaheer Khan will be once again seen in the action as he gears up to take part in the upcoming T10 League. The bowler last donned the Indian uniform four years ago in his final appearance in Test cricket. He has since taken up mentorship and cricket expert roles for various events. Zaheer will be once again be seen in his iconic run-and-jump bowling action as he is set to take the field for Bengal Tigers in the