Owais Shah announced his retirement from First-Class cricket in 2013    Getty Images
Owais Shah announced his retirement from First-Class cricket in 2013 Getty Images

Former England batsman Owais Shah has been appointed as United Arab Emirates (UAE) head coach for a period of three months, after taking over the reins from Aaqib Javed for a 15-day period. Owais replaced Javed after the latter was in charge for four years of the UAE team, which was highly successful for UAE. Owais was temporarily put in charge of UAE to lead them in matches against Oman. Owais has represented England in seven Tests and 71 One-Day Internationals (ODI) for England, scoring 269 and 1,834 runs in those two formats respectively. In this short time, it is believed that Owais has developed a good rapport with the players.

“We are very pleased to confirm that Owais will continue working with Emirates Cricket as interim head coach for a three-month period. In a short time Owais has developed a strong rapport with the players and Emirates Cricket support staff and we expect to see gains, both in development and on the scoreboard, from his involvement as we enter a very busy playing schedule”, said Emirates Cricket Board Chief Operations Officer, David East, according to ibtimes.co.uk.

Owais is however not interested in a full-time job, but the national team players were apparently impressed with his ideas, tactics and training regime during his time as batting consultant. UAE are currently struggling for form since the ICC World Cup 2015. UAE are currently without a win in the four-day Intercontinental Cup and have just a solitary win in the 50-over World Cricket League (WCL) Championship.