West Indies tour of United Arab Emirates 2023: United Arab Emirates vs West Indies – 1st ODI Preview and Updates

The West Indies cricket team prepares to face the United Arab Emirates in a thrilling three-match One-Day International series beginning on June 4th. The West Indies had a mixed bag of results in their recent ODI series against South Africa. While the first match was unfortunately called off, the subsequent matches saw fierce competition, with both teams claiming victories.

The series reached an exhilarating climax when South Africa triumphed and won the series. Brandon King’s 72-run knock demonstrated his batting prowess for the West Indies, while Alzarri Joseph’s three-wicket haul demonstrated his bowling abilities. Despite their valiant efforts, the West Indies fell short of a 261-run target, resulting in a hard-fought four-wicket victory for South Africa.

The United Arab Emirates’ most recent ODI appearances were in the ACC Premier League. Their journey culminated in a final showdown against Nepal, where they were defeated. Nepal dominated the game, winning by seven wickets while chasing a modest 118-run target.

Asif Khan led the UAE in scoring with 46 runs, while Rohan Mustafa shone as a standout bowler, taking two wickets for 13 runs in ten overs. Despite losing in the final, UAE demonstrated their ability throughout the tournament.

The 1st ODI between United Arab Emirates vs West Indies will take place on June 4th, 2023 at Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah.

Match Details to Note

Match: United Arab Emirates vs West Indies, 1st ODI, West Indies tour of United Arab Emirates 2023

Date: June 04, 2023 (Sunday)                                                       

Time: 6:00 PM IST

Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah

United Arab Emirates vs West Indies

United Arab Emirates vs West Indies

United Arab Emirates (Match Odds – 4.55):


This is a crucial series for the UAE, who want to be in top form for the 2023 World Cup Qualifier in Zimbabwe later this month. They have an experienced team, and there are no injuries on the roster for this game.

UAE lost their most recent match in this format, but they had previously defeated Canada, Namibia, Jersey, and Oman.

Full Squad:

Muhammad Waseem, Aayan Afzal Khan, Adhitya Shetty, Ali Naseer, Ansh Tandon, Vriitya Aravind, Asif Khan, Basil Hameed, Ethan D’Souza, Fahad Nawaz, Jonathan Figy, Junaid Siddique, Lovepreet Singh, Matiullah Khan, Karthik Meiyappan, Mohammed Faraazuddin, Muhammad Jawadullah, Rameez Shahzad, Rohan Mustafa, Sanchit Sharma, Aryansh Sharma, Zahoor Khan, Lovepreet Bajwa

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Players to watch out for:

Muhammad Waseem

Over the course of his career, the skipper has scored over 1000 ODI runs, including 106 half-centuries.

Asif Khan

The 33-year-old right-hander has an ODI average of 42.89 from 22 games and was the top scorer for UAE in their most recent game in this format.

Junaid Siddique

The medium fast bowler has a strong ODI record, having taken six wickets in three ODIs at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.

Possible Playing XI:

Muhammad Waseem (c), Asif Khan, Vriitya Aravind (wk), Rameez Shahzad, Fahad Nawaz, Rohan Mustafa, Basil Hameed, Aayan Afzal Khan, Karthik Meiyappan, Zahoor Khan, Junaid Siddique

West Indies (Match Odds – 1.20):


With many of the players who were on the tour of South Africa earlier this year not included in the squad for this series, the West Indies will face many changes from their last ODI. Dominic Drakes is expected to be one of a few debutants.

West Indies have only won one of their last four One-Day Internationals (ODIs), but that victory came against a very strong South Africa team earlier this year.

Full Squad:

Shai Hope (c), Brandon King, Alick Athanaze, Shamarh Brooks, Yannic Cariah, Keacy Carty, Roston Chase, Dominic Drakes, Kavem Hodge, Akeem Jordan, Gudakesh Motie, Keemo Paul, Raymon Reifer, Odean Smith, Devon Thomas

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Players to watch out for:

Shai Hope

The captain has never quite mastered Test cricket or Twenty20 Internationals, but he is a brilliant and consistent ODI batter. He has 14 ODI centuries to his name.

Roston Chase

The seasoned all-rounder is effective in all formats at the international level. In 90 innings, he has five Test centuries.

Dominic Drakes

Last year’s T20 Blast saw the left-arm pace bowler catch the eye of Yorkshire Vikings. He bowls quickly and with late movement.

Possible Playing XI:

Shai Hope (c) (wk), Brandon King, Shamarh Brooks, Devon Thomas, Roston Chase, Alick Athanaze, Dominic Drakes, Yannic Cariah, Odean Smith, Gudakesh Motie, Akeem Jordan

United Arab Emirates vs West Indies Batsmen Worth Watching

Our batting picks for UAE are Muhammad Waseem, Asif Khan, and Vriitya Aravind. Aravind, 20, has two centuries and seven half-centuries in 46 One-Day Internationals. Khan has the highest ODI score of 103.

West Indies’ batsmen include Shai Hope, Devon Thomas, and Shamarh Brooks. Brooks has a best ODI score of 101 not out and has five 50+ scores in his 23 innings. Thomas is an aggressive batter who has represented the West Indies in all three formats.

United Arab Emirates vs West Indies Bowlers Worth Watching

Our bowling picks for the UAE are Junaid Siddique, Karthik Meiyappan, and Zahoor Khan. Khan has 84 ODI wickets, with a best of 6-34. Meiyappan, a 22-year-old leg-spinner, has four four-wicket hauls in this format.

For West Indies, we recommend Dominic Drakes, Roston Chase, and Odean Smith with the ball. Smith has a solid ODI and T20I record, with a bowling average of less than 28 in both. Chase has the best figures in this format (3-30) and can be used as both a wicket taker and an economical option.

United Arab Emirates vs West Indies Head to Head

The UAE has yet to defeat the West Indies in ODI cricket, and this will be their third attempt. The West Indies won the first two meetings between the two teams by 6 wickets and 60 runs, respectively.

United Arab Emirates vs West Indies Head to Head Stats in ODIs

  Matches Played UAE Won WI Won Tie NR
Overall 2 0 2 0 0

United Arab Emirates vs West Indies Toss Prediction

Teams batting second have a slightly better record in ODIs at this venue, but the difference is not significant when compared to teams batting first. We anticipate that both teams will want to take the field first in Sharjah.

United Arab Emirates vs West Indies Pitch Report

It is a slow pitch in Sharjah, and any first innings score of more than 270 is likely to be difficult to chase down. The wicket should provide some assistance to spinners.

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Although the temperature will fall as the game progresses, it will start at 36 degrees and will not fall below 32 degrees during the game.

United Arab Emirates vs West Indies Prediction

This will be an exciting first match of the series, with UAE playing in front of their home fans against West Indies, who are missing several key players. We anticipate UAE to have some strong moments, but we doubt they will be able to maintain their level throughout the match. West Indies will win this game, in our opinion. Check out the odds at Cricbaba!

West Indies is the favourite to beat United Arab Emirates at the odds of 1.20.

United Arab Emirates vs West Indies Most Recommended Player for Bet:

After 101 innings, Captain Shai Hope has an ODI average of 50.02, and the right-hander is well worth backing as West Indies’ highest run scorer in this game.

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