Cricket World Cup Preview :United Arab Emirates

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The 2015 World Cup takes place in Australia and New Zealand from February 14-March 29 where India will be the defending champions in the 14-nation tournament. One month out from the start, here take a brief look at the current form and prospects of the competing teams:

Pool B


– The United Arab Emirates are playing in the World Cup for the first time since 1996 and only booked their 2015 spot via the final round of qualifying in New Zealand last year.

Coached by former Pakistan pace bowler Aaqib Javed, the UAE also reached the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh in 2014.

Dubai native Mohammed Tauqir, 43, and the oldest player at the tournament, has been named as captain replacing Pakistan-born Khurram Khan who had been in charge for seven years.

UAE officials justified their decision on the basis that the sport needs to grow amongst local Emiratis and not just feed off expatriate talent. Tauqir is no mere figurehead, however.

In November he became the oldest player to make a ODI century when his 132 helped the UAE to victory over fellow World Cup qualifiers Afghanistan.

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