WC 2015 team profile: UAE need to make sure they use helmets on wickets Down Under

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The UAE will be playing in their second World Cup in this year's edition. Their only appearance in the World Cup was in 1996 when they finished fifth in the group of six members.

[WC 2015 team profiles]

In the 2015 World Cup, the UAE are clubbed with India, Pakistan, South Africa, West Indies, Ireland and Zimbabwe.


Here is the UAE's schedule at the 2015 WC: vs Zimbabwe (Feb 19), vs Ireland (Feb 25), vs India (Feb 28), vs Pakistan (Mar 4), vs South Africa (Mar 12), vs West Indies (Mar 15) [Full itinerary of WC 2015]

WC 2015 squad: Mohammed Tauqir (c), Khurram Khan (vc), Swapnil Patil, Saqlain Haider, Amjad Javed, Shaiman Anwar, Amjad Ali, Nasir Aziz, Rohan Mustafa, Manjula Guruge, Andri Berenger, Fahad Al Hashmi, Muhammad Naveed, Kamran Shahzad, K Karate

UAE's best performance: Finished fifth in the group of six

UAE's success percentage in WC: 20% (Played 4, won 1, lost 4)

Most matches as captain: Sultan Zarawani 5 (Won 1, lost 4)

Highest team score: 220/3 vs the Netherlands

Lowest team score: 109/9 vs Pakistan

Most number of matches in WC for UAE: Azhar Saeed, SF Dukanwala, Sultan Zarawani, Imtiaz Abbasi, Mazhar Hussain, JA Samarasekara (all 5 matches)

UAE's highest scorer in WC: Saleem Raza (137 runs in 4 matches at an average of 34.25, best 84)

Most number of wickets for UAE in WC: SF Dukanwala and Azhar Saeed (both 6 wickets in 5 matches). Dukanwala's best figures 5 for 29 and Saeed's 3 for 45

Highest individual score by a UAE bowler in WC: Saleem Raza (84 vs the Netherlands)

Best bowling figures by a UAE player in WC: SF Dukanwala (5 for 29 vs the Netherlands)

Biggest win for UAE in WC: Vs the Netherlands by 7 wickets

Narrowest win for UAE in WC: Vs the Netherlands by 7 wickets

Biggest loss for UAE in WC: Vs Pakistan by 9 wickets, vs South Africa by 169 runs

Narrowest loss for UAE in WC: Vs England by 8 wickets, vs New Zealand by 109 runs

Looking back at the UAE's performance in the World Cup in 1996, the only edition they had taken part in till date:

Led by Sultan Zarawani, the UAE beat the Netherlands by 7 wickets in the 1996 edition but lost heavily to all other test-playing nations, including South Africa (169 runs), Pakistan (9 wickets), New Zealand (109 runs) and England (8 wickets). Garry Kirsten's unbeaten 188 against the UAE is one of the big knocks registered in the tournament's history.

UAE skipper's taking on South African speedstar Allan Donald without a helmet and taking a blow in the head was one of the scariest moments of this World Cup.

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