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Team has right mix: Abbas.

A right mix of spinners and pacers have been included in the UAE team as it prepares to play in the ACC Trophy Elite 2012 which will be held in the UAE from October 1 to 12.

A total of 10 teams from the associate countries from Asia will participate in the tournament.

UAE is placed in Group 'B' along with Nepal, Hong Kong, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. Group 'A' features Afghanistan, Malaysia, Oman, Bhutan and Maldives.

"We have the right mixture in the bowling department. But the focus will be on spinners since we are the hosts and conditions here suit the spinners well," said chief selector Mohammad Redha Abbas.

UAE will play their first match against Nepal at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on October 3 and take on Saudi Arabia the following day. On October 6, UAE will face Hong Kong and then play Kuwait in their last league match on October 7. The semi-finals will be held on October 10 while the final will take place on October 12.

Abbas said it was important for the UAE to put up a good show. "We have to do well in this tournament which is an important one for the top associate teams in Asia. I'm confident that UAE will do well and they have the players who can get the title," Abbas added.

UAE were unlucky to miss out on the semi-final berth in the previous edition in 2010 when they lost their crucial match to Malaysia after winning their first two matches against eventual champions Afghanistan and Bhutan. UAE finished sixth losing to Oman in the playoff.

UAE recently returned from the Netherlands participating in the ICC Inter-continental Cup and the important two one-dayers in the World Cricket League which they lost both.

"We had a good team, but unfortunately we did not get sufficient practice matches due to the rains. Even the conditions over there change so rapidly that teams batting first have real difficultly."

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