Lalchand Rajput takes over as UAE's head coach

Former India international Lalchand Rajput has been appointed head coach of UAE for a three-year term, taking over from interim head coach Mudassar Nazar. Rajput has past experience of overseeing India during their title win in the 2007 T20 World Cup, and furthermore trained Afghanistan when they got Test status in 2017. Most as of late, he was Zimbabwe's lead trainer from 2018 to 2022. "UAE has arisen as one of the more grounded Partner Individuals as of late and the players have placed in a few decent exhibitions in both ODIs and T20Is," Rajput said in a proclamation from the Emirates Cricket Board. "The ongoing group is uncommonly capable and I anticipate working with them and further tackling their cricket abilities." Rajput's most memorable task will be to manage UAE's Association 2 tri-series crusade against Scotland and Canada beginning February 28, a passing rivalry for the 2027 ODI World Cup. He assumes responsibility for a group that most as of late lost a T20I series 2-1 to Afghanistan. In November, UAE likewise lost their possibility making it to the 2024 T20 World Cup by losing to Nepal in the semi-last of the Asia-Pacific qualifiers. "We are sure that under his instructing UAE men's cricket will prosper further," Mubashshir Usmani - ECB general secretary said. "I likewise need to make a move to say thanks to Mudassar Nazar for his heavenly work as the break lead trainer. Mudassar will currently get back to his job as Top of the Public Foundation Program where he will proceed to recognize and prepare our future stars."