Kuwait coach Sameer Desai expects a tough fight from every participating team in the ACC Trophy Elite 2010 and is confident of his team’s a good performance in the tournament.
The event runs from 31 March to 9 April 2010 in Kuwait with ten countries taking part. The team has been placed in group A of the event along with Hong Kong, Nepal, Oman and Singapore while group B consists of Afghanistan, Bahrain, Bhutan, Malaysia and UAE.
Kuwait has put together a balanced team after a careful study of individual performances of each player this season. The squad currently comprises of a good blend of both senior players and promising youngsters, many of whom have already represented Kuwait in the past.
Desai said: “Hisham Mirza is a talented batsman who has also captained Kuwait in the past. Khalid Butt is a destructive opening batsman and also a dependable quick bowler. Young Saad Khalid was the find of the T20 cup in UAE and he was our captain in the ACC U19 Challenge Cup last December. We are also having a lot of expectations from newcomers such as Saifullah, Muhammad Amin, Lasantha Dimuthu and Nikhil Kulkarni.”
“We are preparing really hard to improve upon our previous dismal performance in the event where we finished eighth. We are putting in a great effort, taking necessary measures, conducting strenuous nets sessions and fitness drills in order to ensure our players gain that competitive edge which will make the difference for our team to win our games. We are also hoping to have some luck by our side to let uncontrollables go in our favour.”
Desai was quick to rule down the home ground advantage factor: “With so much international cricket being played nowadays, I feel teams have developed greater adaptability to changing environments really quickly. We expect a tough fight from every participating team and crowd support will be crucial.
“However, Kuwait has a resident population comprising of multiple nationalities and quite a few opposite teams might find unexpected support from the audience. You will be amazed at how much support Afghanistan cricketers get in Kuwait and it often exceeds the support for our local team when we play against each other,” he added.