The United Arab Emirates (UAE) skipper Rohan Mustafa on Sunday revealed he is looking forward to making time to count in his favour after complications in the process of his visa. (Read Here: Player Profile).
The 28-year-old middle-order batsman Mustafa according to the reports was scheduled to play with one of the clubs in the United Kingdom. However, his plan was devastated following the popping of visa issue which further has made him to lose most of the time, as he revealed domestic circuit is affected by heat wave in UAE.
“It was a little bit frustrating. If you are going to play in European conditions, you have to have some practice matches, and we haven’t had that. But we will not use that as an excuse,” Mustafa was quoted as saying by The National.
Mustafa revealed his side would be aiming to give the best shot to work for the betterment in order to boost up the morale of the team combination.
“We have been working very hard, but we haven’t had any matches,” Mustafa added.
UAE is scheduled to play three 50-over games against Netherland which will kick-start from Monday (July 17) in Amstelveen.
“Still, we have been working very hard in the nets and we are eager to score runs and take wickets. I believe we are in good shape,” Mustafa maintained.
The second game will be on July 19 and the third and final match is scheduled at Sportpark Westvliet, The Hague.
“I spoke to the coach about playing practice matches, but you can’t play 50 over games in that heat. “It was going to be a good opportunity, but a few problems came up and because of that it was impossible for me to go,” Mustafa further added.
Earlier, UAE side has missed warm scheduled at the Edgbaston ground owing to the same issue for what Mustafa was struggling.
“There was Ramadan, so the matches were night matches, and because it is so hot we haven’t been able to play 50-over matches,” Mustafa said.
Netherlands is maintaining its position at the top of the World Cricket League (WCL), before facing the bottom ranked side in the 50-over completion, even though the visitors had a good outing in 2017.
Interestingly, it would be also UAE coach Dougie Brown’s first assignment as a coach, who urged his players to do well and has vowed to give hundred percent in a bid to make the Associate team Number one in the foreseeable future.
Here’s the UAE’s 13-member squad for Netherlands: Rohan Mustafa (skipper), Shaiman Anwar, Ghulam Shabber, Mohammed Qasim, Rameez Shahzad, Mohammed Usman, Adnan Mufti, Chirag Suri, Ahmed Raza, Imran Haider, Mohammed Naveed, Amjad Javed, Zahoor Khan, Qadeer Ahmed