Ahmed Raza
Ahmed Raza. (Photograph Supply: Twitter)

Ahmed Raza has been sacked as UAE’s T20I captain solely three days forward of the Asia Cup Qualifier in Oman. The transfer got here following the Cricket World Cup League 2 tri-series in Scotland, and the captaincy has now been handed to CP Rizwan. Raza, nonetheless, will stay the captain within the ODIs.

The board expressed its inclination to have cut up captaincy in white-ball cricket. The physique believes that it creates sturdy management and encourages focus and dedication to every format. The board additional said that the choice got here on the proper time to guage what’s greatest for the T20Is transferring into the T20 World Cup.

“The committee believes, after in depth discussions, and following an in depth overview of the aspect’s current 50-over efficiency, by offering the respective captains with a sole-format-focus,” the Emirates Cricket Board was quoted as saying on the ICC web site. “It creates a powerful management succession plan, and encourages a singular dedication to fine-tuning strategic on-field parts of the sport.”

A strong alternative to think about and open up all choices: Emirates Cricket Board

“UAE’s T20 recreation is in good standing and has distinctive depth. This technique comes on the optimum time to evaluate what’s greatest for this format transferring into the (ICC T20) World Cup and past. UAE’s high-performance unit believes this presents a strong alternative to think about and open up all choices – participant make-up and Captaincy – to take the sport ahead,” the Emirati board additional said.

The choice additionally comes at a jarring time, with the T20 World Cup being simply a few months away. Nonetheless, Rizwan is the person trusted for the “succession plan”. UAE’s earlier match in opposition to USA was deserted within the ICC Males’s Cricket World Cup League 2 on August 16, Tuesday. 

With 12 wins and 11 losses in 26 video games, they at present stand fourth within the league desk underneath Oman, Scotland and USA. UAE can be subsequent in motion within the T20 Asia Cup Qualifier to face Kuwait on August 21.