UAE head coach Dougie Brown to put friendships aside for Scotland Super Sixes clash

Denzil Pinto 23:40 14/03/2018
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Focused on UAE: Dougie Brown

UAE head coach Dougie Brown will put friendship aside as his team take on Scotland in their first Super Sixes clash at the World Cup Qualifier.

Brown represented Scotland between 2005 and 2007 during his playing days, and was a member of the squad that played in the World Cup in the Caribbean.

The 48-year-old says he has happy memories of his international career but will be focused solely on delivering a positive result for the UAE at Queen Sports Club in Zimbabwe on Thursday.

“Absolutely,” he said. “My team is the UAE and definitely not Scotland. We wish them all the very best but my primary focus is where our cricket is at and how many games we can win at this stage of the competition.

“They were some of the most memorable parts of my career,” he added. “We had some great times. We qualified through the ICC Trophy for the 2007 World Cup. We had a very successful time through the campaign until the World Cup in the Caribbean, it was a very experienced side who could compete against any side on their day.”

The UAE face a stern task of reaching their second-successive World Cup. With points gained against fellow qualifiers, his side start the Super Sixes with zero points.

But he can be encouraged they can get their first points on board against a side who they had already beaten in Dubai earlier this year.

“Realistically, World Cup qualification will be really difficult but we will keep a very open mind of where our cricket is at and try and see what we can achieve over the course of these three matches,” he said.

“Scotland have a never-say-die attitude, very much like the Irish. From our perspective, we really have to get into the game if we can early in the game, and stay in the game and make it really difficult for Scotland to show their character and attitude.”

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