Khurram Khan has played 10 ODI in his 11-year career but boasts an average of 53.37 © Getty Images
Khurram Khan has played 10 ODIs in his 11-year career but boasts an average of 53.37 © Getty Images

The United Arab Emirates is one of the emerging One-Day International (ODI) teams, having won the Asian Cricket Council Trophy on four different occasions in between 2000 and 2006. They have been also the runners-up on three different occasions. UAE won the ICC Trophy in 1994 and then played their first ODI match later in 1996. Their first World Cup opportunity came in the year 1996. However, they could not qualify beyond the first round. They could only defeat Netherlands in the tournament and lost in the other four matches.

UAE Squad for ICC World Cup 2015: Mohammed Tauqir (c), Khurram Khan, Swapnil Patil, Saqlain Haider, Amjad Javed, Shaiman Anwar, Amjad Ali, Nasir Aziz, Rohan Mustafa, Manjula Guruge, Andri Berenger, Fahad Al Hashmi, Muhammad Naveed, Kamran Shahzad, Krishna Karate.

Coach: Aqib Javed

Fixtures — Pool B:

Feb 19: Zimbabwe, Nelson
Feb 25: Ireland, Brisbane
Feb 28: India, Perth
Mar 04: Pakistan, Napier
Mar 12: South Africa, Wellington
Mar 15: West Indies, Napier

World Cup record:
1975: Null
1979: Null
1983: Null
1987: Null
1992: Null
1996: Pool stage
1999: Null
2003: Null
2007: Null
2011: Null

Key player: Khurram Khan

The Pakistan-born Khan was replaced by Dubai native, and fellow 43-year-old, Mohammed Tauqir as captain for the World Cup where the Gulf side will be appearing for just the second time.

It was a move partly engineered for political reasons as UAE officials look to grow the sport amongst locals rather than depend on imported South Asian talent. Khan has played 10 ODI in his 11-year career but boasts an average of 53.37, a figure boosted by his undefeated 123 in a six-wicket win over fellow World Cup qualifiers Afghanistan in Dubai in November.

His score allowed him to surpass Sanath Jayasuriya as the oldest ODI centurion in the history of the game.