LEEDS, ENGLAND - JULY 17:  India batsman Virat Kohli hits out watched by Jos Buttler during 3rd ODI Royal London One Day match between England and India at Headingley on July 17, 2018 in Leeds, England.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
India captain Virat Kohli, right, will not be taking part in the Asia Cup. Getty Images

Indian cricket fans in UAE left disappointed by Virat Kohli's absence from Asia Cup squad

Indian cricket supporters in UAE have reacted with disappointment to news Virat Kohli will not be playing at the Asia Cup.

“The committee in consultation with the team management took a unanimous decision to rest Virat Kohli for the tournament,” the Indian board wrote, when announcing the squad on Saturday.

Rohit Sharma has been named captain in Kohli’s absence, with Shikhar Dhawan as his deputy.

India begin their campaign at Dubai International Stadium on September 18, when they play the qualifier from an ongoing event that involves the UAE national team.


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Appetite for the India fixtures, particularly the encounter with Pakistan in Dubai on September 19, has been significant.

Manish Dhakan, a Dubai-based India supporter, believes that enthusiasm will be unaffected, although he is sad to miss out on seeing the world’s No 1-ranked batsman in the flesh.

“I do have tickets, and of course it is disappointing with him not being there, but the Indian team that has been named has all the other stars,” Dhakan said.

“The side is plenty good enough for any Indian supporter to want to go and watch the team play.

“Unfortunately, I’ve never watched Kohli play live and it would have been something I’d have really looked forward to. His presence on the field encourages not just the players, but the fans, too.

“But with MS Dhoni there, I still think we will see a formidable India side playing, irrespective of Kohli’s absence.”

Nashwan Nasir, another Dubai-based supporter, has seen Kohli play in person for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the past. He had been wary India's captain might be rested, given the forthcoming schedule.

“I knew Virat has had a back injury and could be rested, but I went ahead and got tickets,” Nasir said.

“I am pretty disappointed he is not there, because he is the star attraction. That being said, he is coming off a long season, has scored tons of runs, and needs to manage his body.

“As a fan, it is disappointing. As someone who thinks he understands cricket, it is understandable.

"It would have been great to see him competing in the prestigious India-Pakistan game, the first time we have had that here in 20-odd years.

“The occasion is big for us fans, but it is understandable he has taken the break.”

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China and the UAE agree comprehensive strategic partnership

China and the UAE forged even closer links between the two countries during the landmark state visit after finalising a ten-point agreement on a range of issues, from international affairs to the economy and trade and renewable energy.

1. Politics: The two countries agreed to support each other on issues of security and to work together on regional and international challenges. The nations also confirmed that the number of high-level state visits between China and the UAE will increase.

2. Economy: The UAE offers its full support to China's Belt and Road Initiative, which will combine a land 'economic belt" and a "maritime silk road" that will link China with the Arabian Gulf as well as Southeast, South and Central China, North Africa and, eventually, Europe. 

3. Business and innovation: The two nations are committed to exploring new partnerships in sectors such as Artificial Intelligence, energy, the aviation and transport industries and have vowed to build economic co-operation through the UAE-China Business Committee.

4. Education, science and technology: The Partnership Programme between Arab countries in Science and Technology will encourage young Emirati scientists to conduct research in China, while the nations will work together on the peaceful use of nuclear energy, renewable energy and space projects. 

5. Renewable energy and water: The two countries will partner to develop renewable energy schemes and work to reduce climate change. The nations have also reiterated their support for the Abu Dhabi-based International Renewable Energy Agency.

6. Oil and gas: The UAE and China will work in partnership in the crude oil trade and the exploration and development of oil and natural gas resources.

7. Military and law enforcement and security fields: Joint training will take place between the Chinese and UAE armed forces, while the two nations will step up efforts to combat terrorism and organised crime. 

8. Culture and humanitarian issues: Joint cultural projects will be developed and partnerships will be cultivated on the preservation of heritage, contemporary art and tourism. 

9. Movement between countries: China and the UAE made clear their intent to encourage travel between the countries through a wide-ranging visa waiver agreement.

10. Implementing the strategic partnership: The Intergovernmental Co-operation Committee, established last year, will be used to ensure the objectives of the partnership are implemented.



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