India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin launches Gen-Next Kings’ Cricket Academy at Kings' School Dubai

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Gen-Next Kings’ Cricket Academy’s Chief Mentor and Brand Ambassador Ravichandran Ashwin officially launched the academy open on his visit to Dubai and Kings’ School on Thursday October 19.

Ashwin is the brand ambassador and chief mentor for the Gen-Next Kings Cricket Academy and will be personally involved in imparting his expertise to budding cricketers several times a year at Kings’ School.

Ashwin said:“I am extremely delighted with the launch of Gen-Next Kings’ academy in Dubai. This partnership is definitely going to contribute to continuous improvement in coaching techniques with a flavour of innovation and drive to excel. Further this would open the door for the budding youngsters to be inspired by the current playing cricketers apart from learning the tricks of the trade and lessons the hard way.”

The academy has been in operation from September 15 under the able leadership of Director of Cricket, Kobus Olivier who commented: “The partnership between Kings’ and Ashwin’s Gen-Next coaches is a special one. It only brings together the leaders in their respective fields, but is a marriage of aspirations. Kings’ is about producing balanced, talented, well-rounded and disciplined students. Ashwin is fully invested in coaching and making an impact on every child, as a father himself, he has a special connection with children.”

Gen-Next Kings’ Cricket Academy within their first month of operation serves over 50 boys and girls ranging from the age of 4 to 16 in the Evolve, Vision 2020 and High Performance Programs.

Gen-Next Kings’ Cricket Academy programs and especially the High Performance Program are designed by R.Ashwin derived from his playing experience at the international stage for over 10 years.

The High Performance Program offered by Gen-Next Kings’ is a special program to prepare elite cricketers for the highest level. Gen-Next, Chennai since it’s inception have moulded numerous youngsters for the path of professional cricket.

Gen-Next Kings’ in Dubai will look to emulate from its sister concern with the tried and tested program in a state of the art training environment with R.Ashwin at its helm monitoring progress of talent present in the system.

Gen-Next Kings’ Cricket Academy in terms of facility boasts indoor as well as outdoor nets, astro-turf for matches, video analysis technology, bowling machine, fully equipped gymnasium and a cricket oval in Phase 2.

In terms of faculty, Kobus Olivier is a Level 3 coach with a coaching experience of more than 20 years holding positions such as CEO Kenya Cricket and National Youth Coach for Holland cricket team.

Arshad Mohammed and Colin Morris are the England Cricket Board Level 2 coaches heading the High Performance and Vision 2020 program respectively.

On his visit R.Ashwin passed on his invaluable knowledge to the High Performance trainees as well as the Vision 2020 and Evolve (softball cricket) program trainees at the Kings’ School Al Barsha training center.

R.Ashwin who is an ardent believer of shaping young lives also visited all of the 3 Kings’ Schools and interact with the students and teachers.

@gennextcricket @gennextkings the ball has been set rolling. #wecome #weconquer #makeadifference

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Sport360's UAE Academy Award - Hrithik Bhatia

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Award Winner: Hrithik Bhatia

Every week, we feature a top performer from the extensive pool of cricket talent in the United Arab Emirates.

From the many blossoming cricketers in the region, we name a standout player from each round of the U-17 league organised by the Emirates Cricket Board.

CRICKETER OF THE WEEK – HRITHIK BHATIA

Hrithik Bhatia is our award winner this week after his match-winning innings helped G-Force Academy to a 105-run win over UAE Desert Cubs Cricket Academy on Saturday.

The right-handed batsman scored 106 runs from just 68 deliveries to help his side post a mammoth score of 208/6 in the first innings.

Batting at number four, his innings included eight boundaries while he cleared the ropes on seven occasions.

Bhatia is an upcoming batsman in the region and was recently selected for the UAE U-19 side.

COACH’S INSIGHT

Bhatia’s U-17 coach Azhar Gul was full of praise for the young batsman.

“He is a regular performer, very consistent. He scored lots of runs in the NSL (National Schools League) as well.”

However, he was dismissed having faced just one ball when he opened the innings against Zayed Cricket Academy last week who won the game by seven runs.

“We switched him to the number four position this week after his duck opening the innings. Given that he’s a senior player, the middle order seemed more suited to him. We spoke this week about the responsibility he needs to shoulder as one of the more experienced boys.

“With his last performance he proved his talent and justified his selection for the UAE U-19 team.”

ABOUT G-FORCE ACADEMY

G-Force Academy was started in 2001 and has been a popular name in developing promising young cricketers in the UAE.

WHERE – Jasapara Sports Behind Park Regis Hotel, Next to Bombay Chowpatty Al Karama, Dubai.

CONTACT – +971-4-396 9994

E-MAIL – [email protected]

WEBSITE – gforcecricketacademy.com

*Stats provided by emiratescricket.com via crichq.com

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UAE cricket fans can win a knock with Pakistan legend Younis Khan

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Younis Khan.

Recently retired Pakistan cricketing legend and former captain Younis Khan is hosting a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for cricket fans in the UAE.

Fans are invited to post a photo or video of themselves on social media with their purchased Twenty20 ticket, replying to Younis Khan’s message and tagging Abu Dhabi Cricket on their chosen social media platform.

On Facebook, Twitter or Instagram just search for AbuDhabiCricket, post your photo or video and make sure to use the hash-tag #AbuDhabiCricket.

Khan himself will pick two lucky winners based on what he thinks are the most attention-grabbing photos or videos on social media.

The winners will then be notified about their prize and be invited for a one-on-one batting session with Younis on the main pitch at Zayed Cricket Stadium, all during the two T20 matches between Pakistan and Sri Lanka on October 26 and 27.

Khan had an international career with Pakistan spanning 17 years, securing his debut in 2000. He went on to become Pakistan’s top all-time run-scorer with a final tally of 10,099, with an average innings of 52.05 and 34 Test hundreds.

He was particularly prodigious in Abu Dhabi, scoring freely at Zayed Cricket Stadium. He hit several centuries in Abu Dhabi but one that stands out was his memorable 213-run first innings against Australia in 2014, which ensured Pakistan won the Test series 2-0.

Commenting on the upcoming competition, Khan said: “I played one of the most memorable inn-ings of my life in Abu Dhabi when I surpassed Mr Javid Miandad and became Pakistan’s number one Test scorer. It’s exciting to be back and see all the changes taken place, particularly at Abu Dhabi Cricket. Zay-ed Cricket Stadium is a world class venue with a fantastic atmosphere.”

Abu Dhabi Cricket will play host to Pakistan and Sri Lanka for two ODIs on October 16 and October 18, as well as two Twenty20s on October 26 and October 27. For further information and for ticket sales visit www.abudhabicricket.ae.

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