Former India all-rounder Robin Singh has been appointed the Director of Cricket for the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The 56-year-old replaces Dougie Brown, who was sacked as head coach after being at the helm for three years.

Robin takes over at a very tricky time when the UAE’s national team is trying to recover from the fixing scandal that rocked their cricket last year, leading to suspension of a few senior players, including captain Mohammed Naveed, and disbanding of the selection panel.

Without a selection committee, Brown was forced to pick the teams for the series against Scotland and the United States at home last December, and against Oman and Namibia in Muscat in January, for the World Cup League Two matches.

Singh, who had represented India in one Test and 136 ODIs between 1989 and 2001, has over the years made a name for himself in coaching.

He was associated with the Indian Premier League’s highly successful Mumbai Indians franchise, Caribbean Premier League’s Barbados Tridents since 2013 and T10 franchises in the T10 league.

Robin Singh has scored 2236 runs in one-day internationals at an average of 25.95 and a best of 100. He also picked up 69 wickets in the 50-over format with a best of 5/22.