UAE had plenty to cheer about recently when it was announced the ever-popular IPL would be slam-banging at their grounds this season. Khurram Khan and co. will look to spread that smile a little wider by entering the Super 10 phase of the World T20 2014 starting with a win over Netherlands in Sylhet.
"If you are living in the UAE, it cannot get bigger than this definitely," UAE skipper Khan said. "Everybody is happy with that."
The Dutch will start the game as favourites, having made it to several other ICC tournaments in the recent past, but that will not stop the UAE from trying to pull off an upset.
"It will be a tough challenge," Khan added. "As my team is doing well I am hoping for best. We need good team effort, it is hard to pin point any department that needs improvement. For victories we need to work as a team."
For the Netherlands, without their premier player Ryan Ten Doeschate, this match will be all about getting their batting together, after the willow-wielders collapsed dramatically in the two warm-up games leading up to the qualifiers.
Eighty-Six and 100 all out against Afghanistan and Hong Kong respectively does not instil too much faith, and captain Peter Borren is desperate to make amends, first targeting making the main draw, before looking to pull off a major upset or two - something that is definitely possible in the shortest format of the sport.
"For us to come and represent Holland on the global stage is a very big achievement actually for Netherlands cricket because it is not a big sport there and we hope that in the last ten years we have had some opportunities to do that," Borren said.
"The cricketing community is not so big but Holland has done very well in that sense. We are very proud of what we have done.
"We hope to cause some upsets here, perhaps we can grow the sport a little bit more in Holland then. I guess every time the national team does well and we can get some sort of press coverage back home, that is a real bonus and hopefully we can get more people keen on the game in Holland and we can go from strength to strength from there."
Where to Watch Live:
World T20 2014: Netherlands vs UAE Live TV and Streaming Information (Match starts 7.30 pm local time, 7 pm IST, 1.30 pm GMT, 9.30 am ET)
|India||Star Sports 1, Star Sports HD2|
|US and Latin America||ESPN|
|UK and Ireland||Sky Sports|
|Middle East and North Africa||OSN Sport Cricket|
|Sub Saharan Africa & South Africa||SuperSport|
|New Zealand||Sky Sport|
|Pakistan||PTV and Ten Sports|
|Bangladesh||Bangladesh TV, Maasranga TV and Gazi TV|
|South Africa & Sub Saharan Africa||HERE|
|Pakistan||HERE or HERE|
Squads: Netherlands: Peter Borren (capt), Wesley Barresi, Mudassar Bukhari, Tom Heggelman, Ahsan Malik, Vivian Kingma, Tom Cooper, Stephan Myburgh, Michael Rippon, Logan Van Beek, Pieter Seelaar, Michael Swart, Eric Szwarczynski, Ben Cooper, Timm Van der Gugten.
UAE: Khurram Khan (capt), Rohan Mustafa, Rohit Singh, Amjad Javed, Faizan Asif, Manjula Guruge, Kamran Shahzad, Sharif Asadullah, Moaaz Qazi, Swapnil Patil, Shaiman Anwar, Vikrant Shetty, Ahmed Raza, Amjad Ali, Shadeep Silva.