UAE's current T20I skipper CP Rizwan was born in Tellicherry, Kerala, before his father move to the UAE

India connection in UAE team!

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The 34-year-old all-rounder returned to India during his late teens to study engineering in Kochi, the capital of Kerala.

Studied engineering in Kerala

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He played for Kerala's U-19 and U-23 levels. He moved back to the UAE in 2014 to work as an electrical engineer with Bukhatir Group.

Cricket in Kerala

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Rizwan made his ODI debut for UAE on January 26, 2019 and T20I debut 5 days later aged 32. He has since played 29 ODIs and 9 T20Is.

Debut for UAE in 2019

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In Jan 2021, Rizwan smashed his first and only ODI century to help UAE to a victory over Ireland despite a fightback from Paul Stirling.

Century vs Ireland

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The veteran star's fame is not bound to the borders of UAE! He is hailed in Kerala as well, with people putting up banners for him after the century!

Famous in Kerala as well!

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During Covid, Rizwan said, "my wife helps me with throw-downs, so I can do something. It is quite a light ball, so we haven’t broken anything.”

Wife helped during Covid!

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He shared a photo on social media, Rizwan wears a Rajasthan Royals T-shirt, and spoke highly of skipper Sanju Samson during IPL's UAE stint.

Kerala compatriot Sanju give him bat

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On August 18, 2022, UAE named CP Rizwan as their new T20I captain, taking over from Ahmed Raza, who will continue to lead UAE in ODIs.

Named skipper in 2022

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