Sunday, June 22, 2008

Asia Cup Cricket 2008: Can UAE recapture the spirit of 1994 against Bangladesh

Asia Cup cricket 2008 is near at the hand. It begins from 24th June, 2008 in Pakistan. Six teams will conflict in two groups. The opening match will be held between Bangladesh and United Arab Emirates at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore. This match is scheduled to start at 16:00 local time and 10:00 GMT. Bangladesh team is the hot favorite in this match. If nothing happen wrong then their win is sure in this match and make place in the second round. But UAE are looking their past glories to inspire them against Bangladesh team. UAE is a under dog team in this tournament and they have no chance to make place in the second round. But it is unknown for many people that UAE beat Bangladesh by six wickets in 1994. They also earned a place in 1996 World Cup, in India, and returned to a hero’s acclaim. Now, this weak competitor is aiming to recapture the spirit of 1994.

TheNation reported:

"I distinctly remember that. It had been a big victory for us. Not many countries could have reached that level so quickly. We formed the team for the first time in 1993 and that tournament in 1994 was the first time we had gone out as the UAE.

"We went to Kenya and we surprised everybody. We beat Bangladesh and in the final beat Kenya."

Bangladesh have got Test status in 2000 and they are the permanent member in ICC World Cup cricket. They claimed some big wins against India, Pakistan, Australia etc. Day by day this team is developing in many ways. Now, UAE will play against a toughest opponent name Bangladesh. It is the good chance for Bangladesh team to get victory and be a first team to make place in the second round.

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