Dwayne Bravo to replace Kumar Sangakkara in Maratha Arabians squad for T10 Cricket League

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Maratha Arabians have announced that West Indies’ talismanic all-rounder Dwayne Bravo has been drafted into the squad for the upcoming Heera T10 Cricket League.

Bravo will replace Sri Lankan legend Kumar Sangakkara, with the 40-year-old pulling out for personal reasons.

Maratha Arabians, co-owned by Parvez Khan of Pacific Ventures, Bollywood Actor/Producer/Director Sohail Khan and Ali Tumbi of Aqua Properties, will do battle against some of the world’s best known cricketers in the six-team tournament from December 14-17 in Sharjah.

Legendary India opener Virender Sehwag is the icon and captain of the franchise, leading a side featuring a number of stars including Mohammad Amir and Kamran Akmal.

Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram is the head coach and mentor of the squad with former England and 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 the 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 about the inclusion of Bravo, Sehwag said: “It is a disappointment that Kumar will not be with us during the tournament. He is an invaluable asset for any side. We are equally fortunate to have a top-class all-rounder like Dwayne Bravo replace Kumar.”

Head Coach and mentor Akram added: “We are fortunate that we are able to replace an outstanding cricketer like Kumar with someone like Dwayne Bravo. Dwayne is one of the genuine all-rounders in limited-overs cricket who has really made a mark for himself. I am sure that Dwayne will add a lot of value to the side. We welcome him into the franchise with a lot of excitement.”

Squad: Virender Sehwag (captain/icon/India), Dwayne Bravo (West Indies), Mohammad Amir (Pakistan), Alex Hales (England), Lendl Simmons (West Indies), Imad Wasim (Pakistan), Krishmar Santokie (West Indies), Rilee Rossouw (South Africa), Roelof van der Merwe (Netherlands), Kamran Akmal (Pakistan), Mohammad 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; Manager: Abdul Latif Khan 

SCHEDULE OF T10 CRICKET LEAGUE
(All matches to be played in Sharjah)

December 14

Opening Ceremony – from 6pm

Bengal Tigers v Kerala Kings

Maratha Arabians v Pakhtoons

December 15

Bengal Tigers v Punjabi Legends  – from 4pm

Maratha Arabians v Team Sri Lanka – from 6pm

Punjab Legends v Kerala Kings – from 8pm

Pakhtoons v Team Sri Lanka – from 10pm

December 16

Team 1 of Group A v Team 3 of Group B – from 4pm

Team 3 of Group A v Team 1 of Group B – from 6pm

Team 2 of Group A v Team 2 of Group B – from 8pm

Bottom 2 Teams of both the groups combined will play off for the 5th and 6th place – from 10pm

December 17

First semi-final: – Team 1 overall v Team 4 overall – match starting at 5.30pm

Second semi-final: – Team 2 overall v Team 3 overall – following conclusion of first semi-final

Final

Followed by closing ceremony

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Mufti's ton gives UAE win over Nepal

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The UAE had Adnan Mufti to thank for after his heroic century saw them end their World Cricket League campaign with a 63-run victory over Nepal on Friday.

On a day where the UAE batsmen really struggled with five of the top six batsmen failing to reach double figures, Mufti entered the crease at 39-5 and delivered when it really mattered to score his first ton in a List A 50-over match.

At the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, he scored 104 runs, including eight boundaries and three sixes off his 89 balls while vital 37 from Mohammad Bootha saw them score 195.

Ultimately, Mufti’s score proved to be the difference as Nepal were all out for 132 with Amjad Javed the pick of the bowlers with 3-23.

The result saw the hosts leapfrog Nepal into sixth position following Wednesday’s victory and Mufti was delighted to have made the difference for a winning cause.

“You know I’ve been in this situation so many times now,” said the No.7 batsman.

“In my very first game, I did that and every time we have a batting collapse, I’m in the same situation. Now I’m used to this and it was my day because every shot I played it came off.”

The 32-year-old added: “I knew the Nepal bowlers were doing really well but we needed some runs on the board and I just wanted to adjust to the wicket for the first three overs and then play aggressively. We rotated the strike and it was my plan to play each ball as it comes and play it well. It paid off and happy to have scored my century.”

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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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