#CWC15: UAE gearing up for Afghanistan pre ICC Cricket World Cup challenge

The UAE take on Afghanistan in a four match ODI series starting on Friday as both sides bolster their preparations ahead of 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup.

The two sides won’t compete against each other in the 2015 Cricket World Cup (CWC) Pool games, with UAE drawn into Pool B and Afghanistan in Pool A, but both sides regard the upcoming series as the litmus test of their current playing skills and athleticism.

With only 11-weeks remaining before the start of the 2015 CWC preparations are rapidly approaching a critical stage for players, coaches and selectors.

“This ODI series is an incredibly important part of our preparations,” said Will Kitchen, General Manager, ICC Academy and UAE Cricket High Performance Manager. “Our recent warm-up games against high-quality Pakistan A and New Zealand A provided us with valuable information on what our coaching, and sports science teams need to focus on and fine-tune as we move into the final stages of UAE’s training programme.

“Against Afghanistan we will be on a more level playing field, so we expect to see vast improvements from the UAE players and the team as a whole.”

“We are very pleased with the commitment, and progress shown by the UAE players not only from the recent 3-week intense training camp, but how they approached and played against much higher ranked teams in Pakistan A and New Zealand A,” added David East, Emirates Cricket Board CEO. “It is also important to recognise the investment and commitment made by our players’ employers who work with the ECB to ensure the UAE has the best cricketers available to train, through every method available, and ultimately represent the UAE at the Cricket World Cup.”

The schedule for the UAE versus Afghanistan ODI series:

Friday November 28th Day/Night game 2pm ICC Academy

Sunday November 30th Day game 10am ICC Academy

Tuesday December 2nd Day game 10am ICC Academy

Thursday December 4th Day/Night game 2pm ICC Academy

James Buttler

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