Former India batsmen Virender Sehwag and VVS Laxman are among the legends from the subcontinent who have put themselves into the mix for mentoring roles at this year’s UAE T20x.
The coach and mentor pool, which is now 170 strong, consists of accomplished career coaches and ex-players from 16 different countries.
Sehwag and Laxman will look to act as mentors to younger players in the competition whilst Venkatesh Prasad, Robin Singh, Sanjay Bangar, Sriram Krishnamurthy and AR Srikkanth are keen to take on coaching roles.
These names sit alongside Pakistan’s Shoaib Akhtar, Waqar Younis, Misbah ul Haq, Abdul Razzaq, Inzamam ul Haq, Amir Sohail, Moin Khan, Saeed Ajmal and Mushtaq Ahmed who seek to pursue coaching roles, whilst Javed Miandad hopes to serve as a mentor.
Sri Lankan cricketing veteran Chaminda Vaas has also signed up to coach a UAE T20x franchise. Former Sri Lanka spinner Muttiah Muralitharan and batting maestro Tillakaratne Dilshan are expected to act as coaches in the league. These coaches and mentors will be picked by franchise owners during the draft, which is scheduled to take place in early November.
Salman Sarwar Butt, CEO of UAE T20x said: “We are extremely excited to see an ongoing flow of experienced coaches contacting us to be a part of the league. This is a clear demonstration of our commitment to attracting the biggest names in cricket to the UAE to provide emerging talent with world class coaching that will help improve the standard of our players and translate into electrifying on-field performances for the fans.”
Shahid Afridi and Kumar Sangakkara were announced as the league’s final icon players to sign up to UAE T20x. The event will run from 19 December – 11 January in Dubai and Sharjah.
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