Robin Singh appointed UAE's director of cricket
Former India all-rounder Robin Singh has been named United Arab Emirates' new director of cricket. According to local media reports, the 56-year-old has replaced Dougie Brown who was sacked as head coach. He has been appointed at a time when UAE's national team is trying to recover from the fixing scandal that made the selection committee redundant. Here's more.
Brown served as UAE head coach for nearly three years
Following the suspension of selection committee, Brown was forced to pick the teams for the series against Scotland and the United States at home last December. He was also involved in the team selection for UAE's series against Oman and Namibia in Muscat in January, for the World Cup League 2 matches. He makes an exit after holding the position for nearly three years.
Corruption wave rocked UAE cricket big time
The UAE cricket team was disarrayed by a corruption scandal recently. Their captain was charged by the ICC for breaching the anti-corruption code ahead of the T20 World Cup Qualifiers last year. UAE won four of their six group matches in the tournament without their marquee players, which also included a terrific victory over Ireland.
Robin's coaching skills will benefit UAE cricket
Robin, who represented India in 136 ODIs and a solitary Test between 1989 and 2001, is an eminent name in the coaching circuit. He has coached a few India A sides and Deccan Charges in the 2008 IPL edition, before singing up for Mumbai Indians in 2010. He has also served as India's fielding coach from 2007 to 2009.
Robin is one of India's greatest fielders
The ex-Indian all-rounder was mainly known for his agile fielding and pinch-hitting during his playing days. Besides, he scored 2,336 runs in One Day Internationals at an average of 25.95 with one hundred and nine fifties. He was also handy with ball, having picked up 69 ODI wickets. His fielding tactics will surely benefit the UAE side in the upcoming games.