Dubai's ICC Academy Warriors cricket programme opens registration

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The International Cricket Council Academy at Dubai Sports City announced on Tuesday that registrations for the second term of its flagship coaching programme, The Warriors, is now open.

The second term will begin on January 9, 2018. Players that sign up for the 15-week programme will receive a blend of coaching, physical preparation and game-play, under the guidance of ICC Academy’s internationally-qualified Level 3 and Level 4 coaching staff.

In addition, every player will receive a full set of training kit, a workbook, regular feedback from their coaches, eligibility for selection in the Warriors teams and Emerging Player Programme and a 50 per cent off voucher for a 1-1 training session.

ICC Academy head of cricket development and Level 4 coach, Qasim Ali, commented: “The first term of the new season of the Warriors programme has been incredibly successful and we’ve had over 400 players working with our coaches on a weekly basis.

“Our newly-revised player pathway, supported by our newly established, professional coaching staff have truly taken the coaching available at ICC Academy to the next level. We have the best training environment in world cricket and we’re very proud to be able to offer the opportunity for all of our players to experience it, supported by expert cricket coaching.”

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Ali added: “Being based at the ICC Academy offers so many opportunities for young players. Our Warriors regularly rub shoulders with world class players and train alongside them, this weekend for example, some of our players were fortunate enough to work with former Rajasthan Royals and current Gujarat Lions batting coach, Monty Desai, another group of players trained at the Dubai International Stadium – we’re always looking to make sure we offer world class experiences and support.”

As part of the ICC Academy’s commitment to developing the next generation of cricket stars, 10 young players were chosen to take part in the International Cricket Council Academy’s player development programme, The Warriors, and were awarded a full, one-year scholarship at the ICC Academy.

This included three training sessions a week at the academy based in Dubai Sports City, full access to its world-class facilities, including the Powerbase gym, and professional coaching and mentoring by highly trained ICC Academy staff.

Selected after two days of trials, which attracted more than 200 youngsters, the 10 developing players aged 13-17 years old have been honing their skills at the world-class facility this past season and will be continuing their development throughout term 2.

Will Kitchen, the ICC Academy manager, summarised what the Warriors programme is all about by saying: “We listen very carefully to what parents and players want from their cricket coaches and from an Academy in general. At the same time, we’re fortunate to be very closely involved in international and professional cricket, including the UAE National Team, who are based full, time at ICC Academy, along with their coaching staff.

“On that basis, we believe our programme offers unrivalled coaching, in a world class environment; we cater for people that play for sheer enjoyment, as well as those that aspire to play professionally, we really are unique on that basis.”

“I expect that Warriors programme to be over-subscribed for Term 2, I think news of the quality of our coaches, coaching and venue has travelled fast, so I’d urge every player that is keen to get the best blend of training, games and support to register early and make sure they are able to enjoy what we have to offer.”

Selected Warriors also got the opportunity to be ball boys at the Pakistan v Sri Lanka matches which took place at the Dubai International Stadium.

The Warriors pathway to success has effectively trained 35 students across the 12, 14, and 16 EPPs and 8 students in the main scholarship programme, showing that the Warriors is more than just a cricket programme.

There’s an early-bird offer to those who register between November 26 to December 24 for ICC Academy Warriors – Term 2 and they will be rewarded with 10 per cent cashback (SCORE).

To find out more information about Cricket Cubs or any of the ICC Academy programmes please visit www.iccacademy.net, Phone: 04-4481355 or Email: [email protected].

To find out more about the ICCA and Dubai Sports City please visit: www.dsc.ae or www.iccacademy.net

WHERE – ICC Academy, Dubai Sports City

WHEN – January 9, 2018 (15-week programme)

AGE RANGE – Warriors Programme – 6-18 years & Cricket Cubs Programme – 3-6 years

HOW TO REGISTERhttp://www.iccacademy.net/iccacademy/warriors2017-2018/

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Maratha Arabians set for fresh battle ground in UAE's T10 Cricket League

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The great warrior race of Marathas is all set to resume battle, but on a fresh battle ground, the cricket fields of the UAE.

Named the Maratha Arabians, a franchise in the upcoming T10 Cricket League to be played over 10-overs-a-side, the squad featuring some of the world’s best known cricketers will do battle in the six-team tournament from December 14-17.

Maratha Arabians is co-owned by Parvez Khan of Pacific Ventures, Bollywood Actor/Producer/Director Sohail Khan and Ali Tumbi of Aqua Properties.

Legendary India Opener Virender Sehwag was unveiled as the icon and captain of the franchise at the launch of the jersey of the side in Mumbai on Thursday.

Sehwag leads a squad featuring a number of stars including former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara, Pakistan’s stars Mohammed Amir and Kamran Akmal. Former Pakistan captain

Wasim Akram is the head coach and mentor of the squad with former England/Scotland cricketer Dougie Brown supporting him as the assistant coach.

The squad consists of players from nine countries including India, England, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, South Africa, Netherlands and UAE.

The tournament is being staged under the aegis of the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB), with official approval of the International Cricket Council (ICC).

Speaking at the launch of the jersey, Sehwag said: “It is indeed a fresh start for cricket. I am excited about this format because it will be a lot of fun to play the kind of cricket I love. The fact that the tournament aims to entertain the fans at large fits in well with me because that has been my philosophy always. I look forward to rubbing shoulders with the best in the world once again at a historic venue like Sharjah.”

Maratha Arabians Co-owner Sohail Khan said: “Cricket has always been close to my heart. So when this opportunity came along, I was only too happy to get associated. It is a brilliant concept and as a team owner it provides us an excellent opportunity to maximise the popularity of the sport further. We have a fantastic squad with an iconic captain. It cannot get better than this.”

This is the second such association for Parvez Khan with a legendary Indian cricketer, after Pacific Ventures recently launched a Cricket Academy in Dubai with Mahendra Singh Dhoni. 

The MS Dhoni Cricket Academy (MSDCA) has been in operation for a couple of months at the Springdales School in Dubai. The former India captain, Dhoni, himself inaugurated the Academy during his recent visit to Dubai.

Squad: Virender Sehwag (captain/icon/India), Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka), Mohammed Amir (Pakistan), Alex Hales (England), Lendl Simmons (West Indies), Imad Wasim (Pakistan), Krishmar Santokie (West Indies), Rilee Rousouw (South Africa), Roelof van der Merwe (Netherlands), Kamran Akmal (Pakistan), Mohammed Sami (Pakistan), Hardus Viljoen (South Africa), Ross Whiteley (England), Shaiman Anwar (UAE), Zahoor Khan (UAE); Head Coach and Mentor: Wasim Akram; Assistant coach: Dougie Brown (England); Manager: Abdul Latif Khan

Schedule of T10 Cricket League (All local UAE timings)

14 December 2017

Opening Ceremony from 1800 hours

Bengal Tigers v Kerala Kings

Maratha Arabians v Pakhtoons

15 December 2017

Bengal Tigers v Punjabi Legends from 1600 hours

Maratha Arabians v Team Sri Lanka from 1800 hours

Punjab Legends v Kerala Kings from 2000 hours

Pakhtoons v Team Sri Lanka from 2200 hours

16 December 2017

Team 1 of Group A v Team 3 of Group B from 1600 hours

Team 3 of Group A v Team 1 of Group B from 1800 hours

Team 2 of Group A v Team 2 of Group B from 2000 hours

Bottom 2 Teams of both the groups combined will play off for the 5th and 6th place from 2200 hours

17 December 2017

First Semi Finals: – Team 1 overall v Team 4 overall – match starting at 1730 hours

Second Semi Finals: – Team 2 overall v Team 3 overall

Finals

Followed by closing ceremony

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Head to Abu Dhabi for a cricketing feast over UAE National Day weekend

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All set to delight their home fans: UAE's Cricket Team

As the UAE celebrates the momentous occasions of Martyr’s (November 30) and National Day (December 2), Abu Dhabi Cricket will mark the occasion with a cricketing fest.

Starting on November 29, Abu Dhabi will witness six matches across different competitions featuring UAE, Nepal, Afghanistan, Kenya and the United States. Fans can enjoy this cricket bonanza for free during the National Day Week.

Commencing the cricket fest, the UAE will take on Afghanistan in their ICC Intercontinental Cup 2015-17 clash at the Zayed Cricket Stadium from November 29 to December 2, 2017. This is a four-day first-class match.

So far, Afghanistan are unbeaten in the ongoing edition of the Intercontinental Cup. Meanwhile, the UAE are coming off victories against Namibia and Papua New Guinea in their recent games.

The hosts will then move onto the shorter format to face Nepal in two ICC World Cricket League Championship 2015-17 matches on December 6 and 8 at the Zayed Cricket Stadium.

These matches will be 50-over List A encounters and food concessions will be arranged for the convenience of the fans during these clashes.

Matthew Boucher, the Acting CEO of ADC said: “The recent success of the Pakistan-Sri Lanka bilateral series has given a new heartbeat to cricket in the Emirate and we are pleased to have more international games in Abu Dhabi. We at Abu Dhabi Cricket are always proud to host the UAE, particularly during this momentous occasion of National Day and invite the fans to join in the cricketing celebration.”

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In addition to that, the USA, Kenya and Nepal will compete in a 50-over tri-nation tournament from December 1 to 3. These matches will take place at the Nursery Oval 2 within the ADC facility.

“One of our aims is to help the game grow and such tournaments are crucial to that endeavour. This is an important assignment for the USA, Nepal and Kenya as they continue their climb on the cricketing ladder,” Boucher said.

Leading up to the tri-series, team USA will conduct a training session with the players at the Zayed Cricket Academy on November 30.

Boucher added: “It is great to have the USA team share their experiences with the Zayed Cricket Academy boys and girls. This session will help the youngsters work on their skills and get inspired by players who are representing their country.”

Six Cricket Matches All For Free During National Day Week

The following is the schedule of the upcoming matches at Abu Dhabi:

ICC Intercontinental Cup

UAE vs Afghanistan – Zayed Cricket Stadium – November 29-December 2, 2017 – 09:30 AM start

TRI-Nation One-Day Tournament

USA vs Nepal – Nursery Oval 2 – December 1, 2017 – 9:00 AM start

USA vs Kenya – Nursery Oval 2 – December 2, 2017 – 9:00 AM start

Kenya vs Nepal – Nursery Oval 2 – December 3, 2017 – 9:00 AM start

ICC World Cricket League Championship

UAE vs Nepal – Zayed Cricket Stadium – December 6, 2017 – 10:00 AM start

UAE vs Nepal – Zayed Cricket Stadium – December 8, 2017 – 10:00 AM start

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