Tauqir named to lead UAE in World Cup

Mohammed Tauqir claimed career best List A figures of five for 45. (FILE)

Mohammed Tauqir was named as the captain of the United Arab Emirates squad for the World Cup on Saturday with the 43-year-old Dubai native replacing Pakistan-born Khurram Khan at the helm.

The UAE will be playing at the World Cup for the first time since 1996 and have been drawn in Pool B alongside defending champions India, South Africa, Pakistan, West Indies, Zimbabwe and Ireland.

Tauqir has represented the UAE in 50 international matches, including five ODIs - against Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka (twice).

Fellow 43-year-old Khan has been named as vice-captain for the World Cup which is being staged in Australia and New Zealand from February 14-March 29.

The UAE face Zimbabwe in their opening game in Nelson on February 19.

Squad: Mohammed Tauqir (capt), Khurram Khan, Swapnil Patil, Saqlain Haider, Amjad Javed, Shaiman Anwar, Amjad Ali, Nasir Aziz, Rohan Mustafa, Manjula Guruge, Andri Berenger, Fahad Al Hashmi, Muhammad Naveed, Kamran Shahzad, Krishna Karate.

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