It will be a day to remember for Chundangapoyil Rizwan, a Thalassery native, when the UAE national side captained by him takes part in the Asian Cup 2022 qualifiers on Sunday. CP Rizwan, who left Kerala for UAE on 2014, fought all odds to fulfil his dream of playing international cricket. Today, the Keralite will captain the UAE national team fighting for a berth in Asia Cup 2022.
Before he impressed everyone with his performances in UAE, the 34-year-old tried his luck in Kerala to get a place on the Ranji Trophy team. However, he never became part of the first team despite being part of the reserve team for two years. However, he found success once he left the state and found a place in the domestic cricket league in UAE.
His success in the UAE league assured a place for him on the national side. In 2019, he made his debut for UAE. Shortly after, he grabbed the headlines by scoring an ODI century in a match against Ireland. His consistent performance secured him the captain's armband.
UAE team, which already qualified for the 2022 T20 World Cup, now faces a real test to qualify for the Asia Cup 2022. UAE's first match will be against Kuwait on Sunday evening.