Former Silverdale and Bagnall overseas pro Kashif Daud helped UAE to one of their most memorable wins… on his international debut.
Pakistan-born Daud moved to the United Arab Emirates in 2016 and picked up his first cap in today’s one-day victory over Ireland.
The all-rounder claimed 1-56 from his 10 overs – taking the wicket of Kevin O’Brien – as Ireland racked up 269-5 from their 50 overs at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
Northamptonshire’s Paul Stirling hit an unbeaten 131, but UAE clinched a six-wicket win with an over to spare.
Daud, speaking to Abu Dhabi newspaper The National ahead of the game, said: “When I came to UAE in 2016, I was looking for a job, any job. I went to Sharjah Cricket Stadium. They wanted to add new players to their team.
“I bowled in the nets at a trial. I told them I had done my Level 2 coaching course, and they said: ‘OK, we are looking for a coach as well.’
“They offered a handsome package, a residence visa, and I was very grateful, because I was looking for a job.
“It means a lot to me to play international cricket. I wished I could have played for Pakistan, but now I’m resident over here for the past four years. I feel I’m a local over here. This is my second home.
“I think 2021 has already been lucky for me. I have been picked for two big things. First, to represent the UAE in international cricket, and secondly, as part of the Abu Dhabi T10.”
Daud, who plays for Sharjah, will feature for Delhi Bulls in the Abu Dhabi T10 at the end of the Ireland series.
He made a big impact during his time in North Staffordshire.
Daud, who turns 35 next month, picked up 181 wickets for Silverdale across the 2007 and 2008 seasons.
His best figures were 9-36 in a tied game with Caverswall. He took the first nine wickets to fall before Glynn Moore snared the final wicket with the scores level.
The paceman then linked with Bagnall, where he continued his rich wicket-taking run of form.