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UAE sack coach Dougie Brown; hire Robin Singh as director of cricket

Dougie Brown's time in the multicultural atmosphere at Warwickshire helped him bond with the UAE squad Peter Della Penna

The Emirates Cricket Board has sacked head coach Dougie Brown and hired former India allrounder Robin Singh as the new director of cricket. Brown, former England and Scotland allrounder, was the UAE coach for nearly three years, having been appointed in May 2017.

Brown saw the team through a tough phase when it was hit by a corruption scandal recently. Their captain and two other senior players had been charged by the ICC for breaching the anti-corruption code just before the T20 World Cup Qualifiers last year. Even without those important players, UAE won four of their six matches in Group B, including a big win over Ireland, to qualify for the playoffs.

UAE's selection panel had also been disbanded and Brown was the sole selector to pick squads for their series against Scotland, USA, and against Oman and Namibia in January which was part of the World Cup League 2. They won three of their six completed games and currently sit fifth on the table.

Brown also oversaw UAE maintain their ODI status when they were pushed back to WCL Division Two in Namibia in 2018 after finishing low in the WCL Championship.

Singh has a fair bit of coaching experience behind him, having coached the teams of Hong Kong and USA. He has also been associated with Mumbai Indians in the IPL, and recently in the T10 League too.