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K.R. NAYAR COLUMN: UAE cricket feats should be stored as records

It’s time an officially endorsed association of statisticians and umpires is formed

19:34 December 10, 2017

The UAE cricketers have often come up with stunning performances in domestic tournaments, with some of them being on par with international world records.

In junior cricket there have been instances of huge partnerships and double century knocks as well.

Unfortunately, they are all forgotten with time due to absence of a body or a system that records the best batting, bowling and other performances in domestic cricket.

Today, whenever local cricketers produce top class performances, organisers are unable to claim it as a UAE cricket record.

Councils religiously take fees from private tournament organisers to recognise it as an official event, but they have never maintain records of the best performances in those tournaments.

Had the councils done it over the years, organisers could have then staked claim of an outstanding performance as a new mark in the UAE cricket history.

Same is the case for the UAE national team where there are no records. Players never will know whether their team’s score or an individual performance is a national record.

Shaiman Anwar will be known as the first UAE player to score a century in a World Cup, but no one knows who is UAE’s highest run-getter and highest wicket-taker in international matches today.

Former UAE pacer Shehzad Altaf’s spell of 10 overs, three maidens, 15 runs and one wicket in the 1996 World Cup was the most economical spell in a World Cup for many years.

In the absence of an official body to endorse feats in the UAE cricket, no one will know who has bagged the highest number of wickets in an innings against another countries.

Recently, Rahul Bhatia won the best bowler award in the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) Under-19 Western Region tournament in Malaysia bagging 18 wickets from four matches, which included spells of six for 25 against Bahrain, five for four against Oman and four for 29 against Qatar in the semi-final.

UAE’s women cricketer Nisha Ali bagged the Player of the match four times in succession in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Women’s T20 Asia Qualifiers in Thailand. Ali has equalled former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly’s world record of four Player of the match awards during the 1997 Friendship Cup in Toronto.

Former UAE captain Khurram Khan on November 2014 at the age of 43 years and 162 days became the oldest player to score a ODI hundred.

UAE’s left-arm spinner Ahmad Raza is the highest wicket taker in the just concluded ICC Intercontinental Cup with 32 wickets from just six matches with four five-wicket spells.

Shouldn’t these records be the pride of the UAE cricket?

If councils and cricket boards do not have the time to store records, an officially endorsed association of cricket statisticians and umpires can be entrusted with this task. Record breaking feats are the pride of any country and an inspiration for youngsters to emulate.