United Arab Emirates women's national cricket team

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United Arab Emirates
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg
Association Emirates Cricket Board
International Cricket Council
ICC status Associate member (1990)
ICC region Asia
Tests
First international United Arab Emirates UAE vs. Bangladesh 
(Johor, Malaysia; 11 July 2007)
As of 31 August 2016

The United Arab Emirates women's national cricket team represents the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in international women's cricket. The team is organised by the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB), which has been a member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) since 1990.

The UAE national team made its international debut at the 2007 ACC Women's Tournament in Malaysia.[1] The team lost all three of its matches by large margins, and on debut against Bangladesh were bowled out for just nine runs, in a match which took just one hour to complete.[2] The UAE squad was said to consist of "mothers and daughters",[3] and the captain, Natasha Cherriath, was just twelve years old.[4] The team's coach was Smitha Harikrishna, who played One Day International (ODI) cricket for India, and another ex-India player, Pramila Bhatt, was involved in a pre-tournament training camp.[5]

At the 2009 ACC Women's Twenty20 Championship, the UAE won its first international match, defeating Oman by 49 runs. The team also defeated Kuwait, placing fourth in its six-team group, and narrowly defeated Iran in a play-off to finish seventh overall (out of twelve teams).[6] The UAE had less success at the 2011 ACC Women's Twenty20 Championship, however, placing ninth out of ten teams and winning only two matches.[7] At the 2013 ACC Women's Championship in Thailand, the team failed to win a single game, placing tenth out of eleven teams (above only Kuwait).[8] However, the UAE has performed better in regional tournaments, winning both editions of the Gulf Cricket Council (GCC) Women's Twenty20 Championship (held in Oman in 2014 and in Qatar in 2015.[9]

In June 2016, two teams from Australia's Women's Big Bash League (WBBL), the Sydney Sixers and the Sydney Thunder, toured the UAE for a training camp. They played a Twenty20 exhibition match at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Dubai, and were joined by three UAE national team players (Natasha Michael, Chaya Mughal, and Esha Oza), who filled in for injured players.[10][11]

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  1. ^ Other matches played by United Arab Emirates women, CricketArchive. Retrieved 31 August 2016.
  2. ^ "UAE embarrassed by Bangladesh", ESPNcricinfo, 11 July 2007. Retrieved 31 August 2016.
  3. ^ "Bangladesh crush UAE", Asian Cricket Council, 11 July 2007. Retrieved 31 August 2016.
  4. ^ "Natasha Cherriath: Emirates high-flyer", Asian Cricket Council. Retrieved 31 August 2016.
  5. ^ "Natasha to lead UAE women's team", Gulf News, 3 July 2007. Retrieved 31 August 2016.
  6. ^ Asian Cricket Council Women's Twenty20 Championship 2009, CricketArchive. Retrieved 31 August 2016.
  7. ^ Asian Cricket Council Women's Twenty20 Championship 2010/11, CricketArchive. Retrieved 31 August 2016.
  8. ^ Asian Cricket Council Women's Championship 2012/13, CricketArchive. Retrieved 31 August 2016.
  9. ^ "UAE women retain Gulf T20 cricket title", Emirates 24/7, 6 December 2015. Retrieved 31 August 2016.
  10. ^ "WBBL teams Sydney Sixers and Sydney Thunder to tour UAE to promote women's cricket", The National, 26 May 2016. Retrieved 31 August 2016.
  11. ^ "'Dream come true' as UAE women's cricketers to share field with Big Bash League stars", The National, 4 June 2016. Retrieved 31 August 2016.