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Aaqib Javed with UAE cricket team. © Getty Images

Aaqib Javed stepped down as the Head Cricket Coach of United Arab Emirates effective May 31, 2016. UAE cricket has been in an upward surge ever since Aaqib took over the job back in March 2012. Not only did they qualify for ICC World T20 2014 and ICC Cricket World 2015, the U-19 team displayed a decent performance in U-19 World Cup 2104 as well. To add more to their qualification, UAE also featured in this year’s Asia Cup hosted by Bangladesh. Aaqib has played a major role in taking the UAE cricket to a new level, and his services will be definitely missed by the team. Read:  Rise of Amjad Javed and UAE cricket

“Aaqib has been a great influencer amongst the (UAE) players and coaching team during his 4-year tenure. He has been integral to Emirates Cricket senior men’s appearance on the international stage at four high-profile ACC and ICC tournaments, as well as our senior men securing ODI and T20I status. We sincerely thank Aaqib for his commitment and efforts and wish him the very best with his future endeavours,” Emirates Cricket CEO David East told Cricbuzz.

Later, Aaqib Javed acknowledged Emirates Cricket Board saying, “I would like to thank the Emirates Cricket Board, its CEO David East, and the extended team for an exciting and rewarding 4 years. It has been a pleasure. We have experienced a very successful 4 years and I am very happy with the outcomes. I express very special thanks to the ICC Academy for their support and services (and) I believe UAE Cricket is very lucky to have the access to the world-class facilities offered (at the Academy). During my tenure I have been fortunate to have worked with such great Associate cricketers; including Khurram Khan, Saqib Ali, Shaiman Anwar and many more. I see an exciting future for UAE Cricket and wish them good luck and I am really excited with the next chapter of my coaching career.”

“We will shortly announce the process for the recruitment of the Head Coach, and subsequently appoint an assistant coach.” added East.