To prepare for his three-match series against Ireland, UAE were in action recently in a one-off T20I against Namibia.
The match was played at the same venue where they will face Ireland tomorrow. But despite facing a weaker opposition like Namibia, the UAE lost by 17 runs, which should tell you about the caliber of their side.
To be fair to UAE though, the Namibia side was deceptively strong and even had the services of veteran South African all-rounder David Wiese, who is one of the most experienced all-rounders in franchised T20 cricket.
After conceding 159-8, the home side could muster only 142-9 run reply, falling 17 runs short of their target.
On the same day that the UAE lost to Namibia, Ireland were in action against Scotland at ICC Global Cricket Academy Ground No 2 in Dubai.
Like their hosts, Ireland, too, lost the game, losing by five wickets to their fellow European side.
They must have been disappointed with the defeat as they had recovered from losing star batsman Paul Stirling in the opening over to posting 176-9 – quite a decent total.
Their bowlers had plenty to work with but they just could not stop the flow of runs as Namibia opener George Munsey took a liking to them. His whirlwind of a 67 took just 25 balls and practically decided the game.
That said, Ireland still pack quite a batting talent and will back themselves heading into the game against the UAE.