Abu Dhabi, Jan 10: The Emirates Cricket Board on Saturday announced the 15-men squad for the World Cup cricket to be played in Australia and New Zealand starting next month. [Full itinerary of 2015 World Cup]
The side, playing in their second World Cup after 1996, will be captained by Mohammed Tauqir while Khurram Khan will be his deputy. [Indian squad for WC 2015 announced]
Forty-three-year-old Tauqir, a UAE national, has served his country's cricket at domestic and international levels and has been a previous captain as well. Tauqir made his one-day debut in the 2004 Asia Cup against India in which he scored 55 off 73 balls and also took one wicket for 46 runs in 10 overs. Tauqir is a middle-order batsman and a right-arm offspinner.
UAE are placed with India, Pakistan, South Africa, Zimbabwe, West Indies and Ireland in Pool B in the 2015 World Cup.
The side, which is currently playing a tri-series with Afghanistan and Scotland in their home soil as preparations for the big tournament, will also play two warm-up matches against Australia and Afghanistan on February 11 and 13, respectively.
UAE SQUAD FOR 2015 WC:
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 ITINERARY AT 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)