Canada upbeat ahead ICC Cup tie against UAE

Published: Friday, July 6, 2007, 20:44 [IST]
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Toronto:Canada's stand-in captain Sunil Dhaniram is upbeat about his side's chances of beating the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in their ICC Intercontinental Cup match which gets underway here tomorrow despite the fact that he will be without three important players.

Dhaniram, who replaces regular captain Ashish Bagai, will have to lead a side that is also without opening bowler Umar Bhatti and experienced all-rounder John Davison. Coming in for them will be Steve Welsh, Aftab Shamshuddin and Hemnarine Chattergoon.

Dhaniram's men know it is imperative they get their ICC Intercontinental Cup campaign back on track against the UAE after losing by 45 runs in an enthralling match against the Netherlands last week.

For Canada, the four-day version of the game takes priority from tomorrow and the quick bowling of Henry Osinde could be key. His performance was a highlight of the ICC Intercontinental Cup match against the Netherlands.

Shahzad Khan, Dhaniram and Qaiser Ali shone with the bat, while Bhatti and Kevin Sandher did well with the ball.

Meanwhile, the UAE team led by Arshad Ali boasts of some consistent performers such as Saqib, the experienced Khurram and wicketkeeper-batsman Gayan Silva.

There is also plenty of know-how in the bowling line-up with Ahmed Nadeem, Mohammad Tauqir and Javed Ismael having been on the scene for some time now.


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