Cager Hu­maira now stands tall in cricket as well

All-rounder fash­ions UAE tri­umph in GCC cham­pi­onships

Khaleej Times - - FRONT PAGE - Moni Mathews moni@khalee­j­times.com

dubai — Tall all-rounder Hu­maira Tas­neem is prov­ing to be a fast im­prov­ing crick­eter th­ese days af­ter her ex­ploits as one of the UAE’s top school ath­letes and bas­ket­ball play­ers, the past many sea­sons.

T. Ali, head of the phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion depart­ment, Delhi Pri­vate School (DPS)-Shar­jah can be cred­ited with the fact that it was due to his scout­ing abil­i­ties that Hu­maira, a sprinter orig­i­nally, turned out to be a lead­ing bas­ket­ball player for DPS-Shar­jah, and now for the Amer­i­can Univer­sity of Shar­jah women’s squad.

A third year ar­chi­tec­ture stu­dent, Hu­maira has been play­ing cricket for the past many years hav­ing in­spired the UAE un­der-19 teams be­fore be­com­ing a se­niors team player with in­ter­na­tional ex­pe­ri­ence from the events held in Sin­ga­pore, Thai­land, Malaysia and Qatar.

Now while lead­ing the UAE se­nior squad, she as­sisted the side in re­tain­ing the ti­tle at the GCC cricket cham­pi­onships for women in Doha dur­ing the week­end.

Hu­maira who is more of a leg­gie and a more than use­ful bat, took six wick­ets and held three catches in the tour­na­ment, to give the side the per­fect UAE Na­tional Day present — the GCC ti­tle. The other UAE play­ers to shine dur­ing the Doha event were Heena Hotchan­dani, Subha Venkatara­man, Aye­sha Naushad Khan and Chaya Mughal who pro­pelled the side to a five-wicket tri­umph against Qatar in the Doha sum­mit clash.

“Hav­ing played for the UAE all th­ese years as a ju­nior and now as a se­nior team player, I feel hon­oured that I could play a part to in­spire the team mem­bers who gave their best and helped us come out of dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tions with­out much trou­ble,” Hu­maira told Khaleej Times, on Satur­day.

“The sec­ond straight GCC ti­tle for us and dur­ing the week of the Na­tional Day cel­e­bra­tions made the feel­ing of suc­cess even more sweeter for us.”

Hu­maira has been a reg­u­lar when it comes to bag­ging the top­scorer and Most valu­able Player awards in the events here es­pe­cially in the In­dian Bas­ket­ball So­ci­ety League. She now pow­ers the Amer­i­can Univer­sity of Shar­jah and the last ma­jor bas­ket­ball event she took part was in the Euro Camillas Inter Univer­sity Cham­pi­onship in Spain in 2014. She is for­tu­nate that her par­ents en­cour­age her all the way in her sports and aca­demics pur­suits, es­pe­cially her fa­ther Mo­hammed Hamid who is al­ways at hand to as­sist her when the go­ing gets tough.

“De­spite her rig­or­ous pro­gramme at the univer­sity she man­ages to take out time for train­ing and as a par­ent I used to take her from the univer­sity at 6pm for prac­tice at the ICC Acad­emy at Dubai Sports City and then drop her back at the univer­sity at 9pm so that she could com­plete her project work,” said Hamid. “She is a very strong willed per­son and pas­sion­ate in help­ing oth­ers, and to­tally ded­i­cated to what she does.”

“The Qatar tour­na­ment was well or­gan­ised and all of us are grate­ful to the faith put in us by the coach­ing staff and of­fi­cials of the Emi­rates Cricket Board. They are very sup­port­ive and they be­lieved in our abil­i­ties all the way,” said Hu­maira.

Sup­plied photo

Hu­maira Tas­neem (sec­ond left) cel­e­brates with her UAE team­mates dur­ing the GCC women’s cricket tour­na­ment in Doha. —

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