KARACHI: Former Chief Executive Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Arif Ali Khan Abbasi has greeted United Arab Emirates(UAE) Minister of Sports, Culture and Youth Affairs’ Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan and other officials for Emirates qualifying for next 2015 Cricket World Cup being jointly staged by Australia and New Zealand early next year.
“This is a great achievement that UAE have qualified for the mega cricket event for the third time,” he said in statement issued on Monday.
“UAE is a great friend of Pakistan and they have achieved excellence in cricket and created a world-record by holding over 200 ODIs at Sharjah Stadium,” he said.
He said UAE deserved a great deal of appreciation for promoting and supporting cricket by providing the world class facilities to Pakistan team for playing their home series in UAE.
He said Abdul Rehman Bukhatir is name is well known in cricket fraternity across the world for his contribution for promoting cricket and extending support for needy cricketers through his Cricketer’s Benefit Fund Series (CBFS).
He Sharjah hosted the inaugural Cricket Asia Cup in 1984 and Australasia Cup in 1986.
Arif Abbasi, a former Chief of Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) and Sindh Olympic association also felicitated Abdul Rehman Falaknaz, Chairman of Dubai Cricket Association and Vice Chairman
UAE made their World Cup during the 1996 competition jointly hosted by Indo-Pak.
Emirates team led by Pakistan-born Khurram Khan qualified for the championship despite 41 runs loss to Scotland in ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier New Zealand 2014 (CWCQ) at the Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln, near Christchurch on Saturday.
After winning the qualifiers final, Scotland will join Afghanistan, four-time champion Australia, co-host New Zealand,
Bangladesh, three-time finalist England, and 1996 champion Sri Lanka in Pool “A”.
UAE will be placed in Pool ?B? along with defending champion India, Ireland, 1992 champion Pakistan, South Africa, two-time champion West Indies and Zimbabwe.