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Opinion: UAE and Nepal U19 teams…..

Here is a question for some….. why is the Nepal U19 team so much stronger than the UAE U19 team?

For the last 6 years, Nepal has been winning the U19 ACC event, and UAE I think has not even finished runners up once; Malaysia has been taking that spot.

Even if you take only the expats living in UAE, you have close to 2.5 million of them from Cricket playing countries. In Nepal you have maybe 1 million people interested in cricket by a wild guess (dont worry, the guess is from a Nepalese Cricket Writer). The UAE kids have obviously a world class infrastructure and facilities at their disposal, and now youalso have a lot of them being sent to India for courses and stints etc. Neither country has a strong senior team to follow, while both have cricket on tv all the time.

So why is Nepal producing youngsters who are better than SA and NZ, while UAE youngsters cant even qualify for a world cup?

Categories: Nepal, UAE
  1. August 6, 2007 at 12:05 am

    It’s probably the strict (despite what you may think) eligibility requirements. If someone moves to the UAE at a late age, they won’t have met the eligibility requirements before reaching 19.

  2. Ram
    August 6, 2007 at 12:39 am

    Nasir, I think the question you’re asking is essentially the same as: Why indigenous teams improve so much faster compared to expat-based teams despite having a smaller player base?…In any case, I think to answer this in totality, it would require a more insightful analysis of the culture and mindset of those countries beyond cricket, in general…And, I’m afraid that would need a separate post rather than being passed off as a comment here…

  3. August 6, 2007 at 2:11 am

    Andrew…. it has nothing to do with eligibility, and i am not talking about that either……. the migration to UAE from subcontinent started off in 1970s, and ever since the late 70s a lot of those ‘workers’ have been settling there……. there is a huge population of ‘second gen expats’, definitely more than half a million, which was born and raised in UAE……

    Why is that population unable to at least develop a strong U19 UAE team even at ACC level? While Nepal, with virtually no set up, and no infrastructure, produces an U19 that stands up to test teams?

    One can talk about cultural mindset perhaps…… the expat parents of those born in UAE perhaps dont encourage their kids to play sports for long hours…….. or maybe the weather plays a big part……. or maybe there are more people in Nepal playing cricket than a million……….

  4. August 6, 2007 at 9:53 pm

    I think, most of the kids of Nepal is playing cricket now-a-days… mount, hill to plan land…I don’t disagree, infrastructure is not good in Nepal, but these kids are interested in cricket and they will play with their full dedication and from their heart in any condition, so they will give their 100% performance….. The interest of cricket is very high in junior cricket, but when it comes to senior level, I can say lack of tournament, lack of professionalism is not giving Nepal to transform success of junior level into senior level.

    When these children grown up they will move to different field for their secure life because they can’t survive with cricket in Nepal, that is the reason of cricket in senior level is poor than junior level…I don’t have any idea about UAE….

  5. August 6, 2007 at 10:00 pm

    Please read this article to know the intrest and dedication of cricket, what is the intrest of cricket in kid level??????????


  6. Nishadh Rego
    August 9, 2007 at 4:39 pm

    UAE certainly have a very competitive U-19 team. They always have competitive teams in every age group. The question to be asked is why is the Nepal U-19 team always so phenomenally good. Why is Nepal consistently able to produce the best associate U-19 team around, one that beats test teams regularly?

    In regards to why UAE haven’t been able to take that step up, the cultural mindset does play a very big role

  7. August 10, 2007 at 3:21 am


    I think its because of the craze of cricket among Nepalis and nothing else.

    And, I liked the new design.

  8. August 10, 2007 at 4:09 am

    There has to be some tangible reason ….. some actions taken due to the craze, that differentiates them……..

    Once again, the question comes back to why there is no such craze amongst the UAE kids of South Asian origin?

  9. NamasteNepal/thailand
    August 13, 2007 at 5:20 am

    hii to oll,actually i m not good in cricket n i donno about cricket,but i like to watch n i like to join with cricket.i think Neplese all teams are playing good even senior or junior levels.i have just read first comment n he is saying that Neplese junior team is being to sent India for cources,i m not agree with this comment n i don’t want to hear that Neplese teams r improved from India n developed from india.did India developed cricket from other countries?so Neplese is Neplese why we have to make our future by ourself.oll Neplese must develope or improve from Nepal not from India.we r more better than India in cricket even woman cricket team.n i m Happy n stisfy with our Neplese teams.thanks bye

  10. aman
    August 28, 2007 at 8:47 pm

    Nepal has best youngster and if given financial support as in UAE or other countries can do best even in senior level. It is economic difference not the talent.

  11. Ahmed
    December 18, 2007 at 11:51 pm

    I played in the ACC U-15 Cup this year and I’ll tell you my opinion. One main reason is that usually the selection is not pretty much publicised. Another, and most important, is that only the rich get to play cricket here. This worker class, and their children don’t get to. There are only two schools with good cricket. One is a school from the India-based Delhi Public School chain (where I go) and the other is a GEMS Group school. These are two of the most expensive CBSE schools here (Tuition fees say around 15000 Indian Rupees per month- OR 2000 Dirhams , and that too excluding Transport). Now the equipment here ain’t cheap, you don’t get unbranded stuff like in India etc, only good brands. Prices for a bat start from a minimum of 100 Dirhams, about 1050 Rupees.
    There are absolutely NO sponsors for cricket, all of us have to buy our kits ourselves. We’ve got only three Level Two Australia Coaches, with absolutely no experience in International cricket (the senior team has a good coach. Kabeer Khan, Pakistan Test Player).
    Now, when the selections were held, it was in such a location, that only very few could afford the transport charges for thrice a week for 2 months. One of the members had to pay 60 Dhs (600 Rs)one-way to get to the place. He had the money, but many others didn’t! Many of them didn’t know about the selection. And after all that, we had a good chance of winning the cup, Nepal and Afghanistan being the only challenging teams and both of them were disqualified for having overaged members in the team (the age-verification thing used). We were disqualified coz we didn’t have two locals in the Playing-11 (or the team for that matter). Now that’s another advantage Nepal and Afghanistan have. No arab in UAE plays cricket. There is ONLY one player who is arab and plays cricket, and he is a superb player too, but he’s 17 already (Alawi). I have played against the UAE NCC team, and only four of them are nationals – all except one are hopeless again!
    Arabs and the others consider cricket as the game played by the Bengalis, Pakis and worker class people. Racism is not absent here!!!
    Now the facilities that are coming on are not for the ppl in United Arab Emirates. It’s INTERNATIONAL! you have to be recommended by the board, and then selections are held!
    And we had about 15 outstanding players who were not qualified for the minimum of 7 years in the country.
    All of us are used to playing on cement wickets (there are only two turf wickets in the country and you have to pay about 50000 Rs per team for access in Sharjah Cricket Stadium, but I don’t know about the other one – it’s more expensive!).
    Now it doesn’t end here, but I think this is already big.
    The Nepalis play cricket everyday, on turf wickets, and I have been to that place for the tournament. Here we get nets twice in a week on cement wickets for an two hours (it’s too hot in the morning and every1s busy at night!).

  12. Chris
    December 22, 2007 at 10:23 pm


    Thank you for the insight into youth cricket in the UAE. I myself have attempted to find out more about the situation in UAE, particularly the circumstances surrounding citizenship/nationality and immigration. I’m very sorry to hear about your difficulties in the UAE. Now that I think about it, turf wickets would be rare in the UAE (all that sand) and the fact that youth teams have to train on concrete is disheartening. Hasn’t anyone tried to at least get some artificial turf wickets set up for training? It would seem better than concrete (at least you can slide or fall on artificial turf without grazing your skin raw)…and what do the youth football players train on? As for the racism, it is disappointing to here of its presence and I hope you have never been subjected to it. I also hope you haven’t been offended by some of the chatter on the internet. By the way, are the Emiratis (Arabs) more interested in rugby than cricket as well? I think the UAE is joined with all the gulf countries as the Arabian Gulf (a combined team), but my impression was that rugby in the Arabian Gulf was played more by non-citizen expatriates from places like Europe.

    From what you have written, it would appear that you are a young (under 15 years of age) non-national residing in the UAE. What I have found seems to indicate to me that Emiratis (nationals of the UAE) make up between 11-20% of the population and non-nationals make up the rest with South Asians being the majority (around 50%). During my searches on the internet I have also found that the UAE apparently doesn’t grant permanent residency to immigrant workers but instead migrant workers simply get temporary residency visas which have to be renewed and that true permanent residency can only be granted by the ruling family. Is this correct? I’ve also seen where citizenship apparently wasn’t available until very recently to the migrant workers (or legal residents as I call them since they aren’t really permanent residents). Is this also true and do you know anything more about it?

    The first few posts in this thread debate whether the contribution of immigrants to youth cricket, but from what I know South Asian migration to what is now the UAE has been ongoing for sometime (I got the impression it started long before the 1970s when the pearl industry was the main economic activity). Could you provide us with information pertaining to youth cricket in the UAE and when migrants come to the UAE are they allowed to bring their children? And if migrants have children in the UAE do those children get automatic residency visas or something similar?

  13. Efaz
    January 25, 2008 at 5:47 pm

    No entry on ongoing pre- u/19 matches yet ? What’s going on Nasir bhai ?

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