ACC TWENTY20 CUP 2009: PREVIEW



AFGHANISTAN
Captain - Nowroz Mangal
Coach - Kabir Khan

Afghanistan used to lose their head when batting, not any more. Bowling-wise, their spinners Mohammad Nabi and Sami Shenwari in particular, are an absolute handful and coupled with the pace of Hamid Hassan and left-armer Shapoor Zadran, backed up by excellent fielding, they are a formidably well-seasoned side.

BAHRAIN
Captain – Azeem ul Haque
Coach – Mohsin Kamal

Bahrain have come on strongly this year and are climbing up the international rankings after a period out of cricket. A team packed with batsmen, they are capable of putting on some very big scores and chasing down pretty much anything. Their bowlers don't have a great deal of pace, but they do have guile.

CHINA
Captain - Zhao Yang
Coach - Rashid Khan

A young side, made up of university students in the main, have been playing cricket for two years and have been improving all the while. Fresh from a training camp in Bangladesh, they arrive in the UAE with plenty of eyes on them and should impress. An important staging-post for them as they prepare for the 2010 Asian Games.

HONG KONG
Captain - Najeeb Amar
Coach - Afzaal Haider

Hong Kong have come on leaps and bounds in the past two years thanks to the influence of their former coach Aftab Habib. They have a fine blend of youth and experience with the brothers Irfan (pace) and Nadeem Ahmed (spin) sure to feature strongly. Mentally tough street-fighters they are current ACC Trophy champions (50-overs) and U-19 Elite champions.

KUWAIT
Captain - Sanal Govind
Coach – Sameer Desai

Kuwait's matches always seem to be extraordinary in one way or another. Very much like the Pakistan national side, it is impossible to know one day to the next how well they will play. When they do play well, they're capable of beating anyone at this level and have a decent side, packed with all-rounders.

MALAYSIA
Captain - Suhan Kumar
Player/Coach – Thushara Kodikara

Malaysia are a rapidly improving side as fitness levels and on-field-sharpness have improved in recent seasons. Always a difficult team to beat they have, however, found winning against the toughest competition just a little beyond them. A solid top-order is the mark of their batting side and they are among the best in the field.

NEPAL
Captain – Paras Khadka
Coach - Roy Dias

A pedigree side in 50-over and longer-version cricket that has yet to find its way in Twenty20s could well come good in this event. The team have been playing together for a long time and like Australia bring in new talent at the most opportune time. One of the best bowling attacks in the competition and close to peerless at fielding.

OMAN
Captain - Hemal Mehta
Coach - Mazhar Saleem Khan

A tough side. Batsmen with power and aggression, bowlers the same plus an excellent spin-attack led by captain Mehta. In a format where the opening batsmen are incredibly important, Oman's Maqsood Hussain and Adnan Ilyas are in line to be the tournament's highest scorers.

QATAR
Captain - Umer Taj
Coach - Aruna de Silva

Qatar are a side capable of beating anyone on their day thanks to a deep batting line-up and a well-balanced attack. A good blend of youth and experience they have a potential Player of the Tournament in 17-year old leg-spinning all-rounder Tamoor Sajjad.

SAUDI ARABIA
Captain – Mohammad Nadeem
Coach – B.A.S.Booso

Saudi Arabia are dangerous. With batting that absolutely hammers anything short, full or wide they have finished many an ACC tournament with the record for the most number of 6s. Relatively weak on the bowling and fielding fronts, their batsmen tend to have a lot to do to get them into winning positions. And often do it.

SINGAPORE
Captain – Chaminda Ruwan
Coach - Venkatramanan Margasahayam

Overall, the top-ranked team in ACC competition thanks to their consistently sound performances at all levels, Singapore have come on strong in recent months. Undefeated in a 50-over ICC World Cricket League competition earlier in the year, they are a team that bat deep and have plenty of bowling options. Four former first-class cricketers are in their ranks.

UAE
Captain - Khurram Khan
Coach - Colin Wells

A class side full of class players. Could easily go all the way such is the wealth of talent available. The stalwarts Khurram Khan, Zahid Shah and Amjad Ali can win matches by themselves but the team all-round is quality through and through. In the middle of an intense rivalry with Afghanistan and to some extent, Hong Kong, UAE are keen to assert themselves on home turf.

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Filed Nov 17th, 2009