Martin Guptill, the 25th best batsman in cricket, top-scored for New Zealand A against the UAE in Dubai on Sunday. Pawan Singh / The National
Martin Guptill, the 25th best batsman in cricket, top-scored for New Zealand A against the UAE in Dubai on Sunday. Pawan Singh / The National

Aaqib Javed not concerned by UAE’s batting collapse against New Zealand A

DUBAI // Aaqib Javed, the UAE coach, reckons a top-order batting collapse against New Zealand A was just an aberration rather than the sign of a wider malaise.

The national team lost out by 78 runs to a high-quality New Zealand second string at the ICC Academy.

Martin Guptill, the 25th best batsman in the one-day international rankings, scored a rapid 75, before Khurram Khan took three wickets to keep the tourists to 246 all out.

However, the UAE’s chase was over before it started after they fell to 21 for five against a bowling attack that boasts 580 ODI wickets between them.

“From 21 for five, 170 is not a bad effort,” said Aaqib, after Shaiman Anwar (60) and Krishna Karate (51) limited the damage for the home side.

“I wouldn’t say the bowling was really tough, and that was the reason we were in that position – it just happened.

“It was just a collapse where, unnecessarily, wickets fell.

“We are a little bit concerned with the batting. Our average score in the recent matches against Pakistan A was also 25 runs short.”

The UAE have their eyes fixed on the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand next year, where pitches are expected to be far faster and bouncier than the norm in this country.

As such, they are playing all their preparatory matches at present on the fastest wickets the groundstaff at Dubai Sports City can prepare.

As a result, Adam Milne, a 22-year-old fast-bowler, seemed to be reaching lightning pace at times.

He took three wickets, and at one point saw an edge by Karate carry for six over the wicketkeeper’s head.

“It is always good to see batsmen jumping around, but I’m not sure we will get any pitches quicker than that,” said Milne, whose side also face matches against Afghanistan and Ireland.

Follow our sports coverage on Twitter @SprtNationalUAE

UFC in Abu Dhabi

UFC 112: Invincible (April 10, 2010)

UFC Fight Night: Nogueira v Nelson (April 11, 2014)

UFC 242: Khabib v Poirier (September 7, 2019)

Fight Island 1

UFC 251: Usman v Masvidal (July 12, 2020)

UFC on ESPN: Kattar v Ige (July 16, 2020)

UFC Fight Night: Figueiredo v Benavidez 2 (July 19, 2020)

UFC on ESPN: Whittaker v Till (July 26, 2020)

Fight Island 2

UFC 253: Adesanya v Costa (September 27, 2020)

UFC on ESPN: Holm v Aldana (October 4, 2020)

UFC Fight Night: Moraes v Sandhagen (October 11, 2020)

UFC Fight Night: Ortega v Korean Zombie (October 18, 2020)

UFC 254: Khabib v Gaethje (October 24, 2020)

Fight Island 3

Holloway v Kattar (January 16, 2021)

UFC on ESPN: Chiesa v Magny (January 20, 2021)

UFC 257: Poirier v McGregor 2 (January 24, 2021)

UFC 267: Blachowicz v Teixeira (October 30, 2021)

UFC 280: Oliveira v Makhachev (October 22, 2022)

Draw for Europa League last-16

Istanbul Basaksehir v Copenhagen; Olympiakos Piraeus v Wolverhampton Wanderers

Rangers v Bayer Leverkusen; VfL Wolfsburg v Shakhtar Donetsk; Inter Milan v Getafe

Sevilla v AS Roma; Eintracht Frankfurt or Salzburg v Basel; LASK v Manchester United


Starring: Elia Suleiman, Manal Khader, Amer Daher

Director: Elia Suleiman

Rating: 4.5/5


Liverpool 3
Mane (7'), Salah (69'), Firmino (90')

Bournemouth 0

About Proto21

Date started: May 2018
Founder: Pir Arkam
Based: Dubai
Sector: Additive manufacturing (aka, 3D printing)
Staff: 18
Funding: Invested, supported and partnered by Joseph Group


Chelsea 1
Hazard (22' pen)

Manchester United 0

Man of the match: Eden Hazard (Chelsea)


Started: 2023
Co-founders: Arto Bendiken and Talal Thabet
Based: Dubai, UAE
Industry: AI
Number of employees: 41
Funding: About $1.7 million
Investors: Self, family and friends

Why your domicile status is important

Your UK residence status is assessed using the statutory residence test. While your residence status – ie where you live - is assessed every year, your domicile status is assessed over your lifetime.

Your domicile of origin generally comes from your parents and if your parents were not married, then it is decided by your father. Your domicile is generally the country your father considered his permanent home when you were born. 

UK residents who have their permanent home ("domicile") outside the UK may not have to pay UK tax on foreign income. For example, they do not pay tax on foreign income or gains if they are less than £2,000 in the tax year and do not transfer that gain to a UK bank account.

A UK-domiciled person, however, is liable for UK tax on their worldwide income and gains when they are resident in the UK.

Company profile

Name: Fruitful Day

Founders: Marie-Christine Luijckx, Lyla Dalal AlRawi, Lindsey Fournie

Based: Dubai, UAE

Founded: 2015

Number of employees: 30

Sector: F&B

Funding so far: Dh3 million

Future funding plans: None at present

Future markets: Saudi Arabia, potentially Kuwait and other GCC countries

Most Read
Top Videos