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Veteran Arshad excited about Kabir's possible comeback as coach

The veteran all-rounder, who worked under the former Aghanistan coach in 2007 when the UAE won the Division Two ICC Championship Trophy, believes he is the ideal man for the job.

ABU DHABI // Arshad Ali, the veteran all-rounder, believes Kabir Khan is the ideal man to coach the UAE. Arshad, 34, worked under the former Afghanistan coach in 2007 when the UAE won the Division Two ICC Championship trophy in Namibia in 2007. "He is quite thorough with the structure here and most of the players being from the subcontinent, can adapt to his coaching methods and man management," Arshad said of Kabir, who is set to sign a three-year contract to take charge of the national side.

"That's the only time we won a trophy before the 2008 Asia Cup. And then he left us, but I hope he returns with a long-term plan. "I also think the players can get along well with him, him being such a simple person. He should work for at least three to five years with the team in my opinion and I am sure he will produce good results as well as built a strong squad. I have a lot of respect for him as a coach. He did a great job in Afghanistan, leading them to the World Cup Twenty20 finals and earning them one-day international status. He brings a lot of experience at this level and more importantly familiar with the work ethics here in the UAE.

"His biggest problem will be to get the players together, which has been a real thorny issue for the coaches. The players can't get away from their work places and most of the time have to turn up for training late after work." Shadeep Silva, the left-arm spinner who was also a member of the squad when Kabir was coach, said that Kabir can expect 100 per cent commitment from the team. "I have worked under a few coaches in the UAE and it is our responsibility to help the coach to get the best results," he said.

"He is no stranger to this part of the world and can adapt very quickly."

 apassela@thenational.ae

Published: October 5, 2010 04:00 AM