The UAE and Namibia will close horns in Match No. 1 of the 2021 UAE Summer T20 Bash at the ICC Academy Ground in Dubai on Tuesday, October 5.
The UAE, led by Ahmed Raza, has seen a lot of unrest in recent times. For starters, Qadeer Ahmed was given a medium-speed suspension of five years for six violations of the ICC’s Anti-Corruption Code. Then, in July, Amir Hayat and Ashfaq Ahmed were banned from all cricket for eight years.
The trouble didn’t stop there, as wicketkeeper batter Ghulam Shabber was also given a four-year suspension for violating the ICC code of conduct six times.
Amid doom and gloom, the UAE can take heart in having managed to take five victories at the trot in T20Is.
In their previous T20I, way back in February 2020, the UAE defeated Kuwait by 102 runs in the ACC Western Region T20 final. After batting first, the UAE scored 199 after Chirag Suri scored 60. Sultan Ahmed took four wickets and limited Kuwait to 97.
Namibia, led by Gerhard Erasmus, has been doing exceptionally well in the international formats lately. Between April 3 and 8, they toured Uganda for a three-match T20I series and a two-match ODI series.
In all three T20Is, Namibia was comprehensive, winning the series 3-0. The ODI series also proved to be a one-sided affair, as Namibia won by 98 and 163 runs respectively.
Craig Williams and skipper Erasmus were the stars for them. Ben Shikongo and Jan Frylinck were impressive as they took wickets regularly.
Can the UAE beat Namibia in the first game?
Namibia has been in decent shape lately with skipper Gerhard Erasmus leading the way. The UAE, on the other hand, have not played in quite some time and controversies have pushed them back as well.
Raza and Co. might be a little rusty in the first game. It may not be easy for them to get past in-form Namibia. For the upcoming match, Namibia appears to have the upper hand, although the UAE will play at home.
Prediction: Namibia wins the match.