Twenty20 cricket camp with Pakistan’s Azhar Mahmood confirmed at ICC Academy

Sport360 staff 18:14 12/01/2015
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Azhar Mahmood and former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram with youngsters from the inaugural Twenty20 cricket camp.

Pakistan cricketer Azhar Mahmood is coming back to the ICC Academy at Dubai Sports City for a second coaching camp aimed at honing youngsters’ skills in the sport’s shortest format.

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The camp at the state-of-the-art facility will take place from 8 to 12 February and follows on from the success of last October and November’s inaugural edition, believed to be the first of its kind anywhere in the world.

That first camp, which included a visit from former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram, featured work on techniques that have emerged over the past decade since Twenty20 exploded onto the cricketing landscape.

February’s five-day clinic will be along similar lines and is aimed at boys and girls aged up to 18 who want to learn and understand what it takes to be a top Twenty20 player.

Azhar Mahmood imparts his wisdom.

Coaching sessions will be held every evening from 7 to 9pm and will be led by a hands-on Azhar – as he was last year – under the floodlights of the ICC Academy’s two full-sized ovals.

There will also be an opportunity to use ProBatter, the technology that allows batsmen to replicate facing many of the world’s leading bowlers.

Azhar Mahmood, who has played 21 Test matches and 143 One-Day Internationals for Pakistan and featured in three consecutive ICC Cricket World Cups, added: “Twenty20 is a format that has captured the imagination of fans around the world and brought a whole new generation of players and spectators to the game.

“It has produced new skills and new techniques in batting, bowling and fielding and I and the team of outstanding coaches at the ICC Academy will look to coach those skills during the camp to allow the youngsters to take their games to new levels," said Mahmood.

“The fact the camp will once again be at the ICC Academy is a huge bonus as it offers unrivalled facilities. I cannot wait to get started.”

Details of the camp and how to enroll can be obtained by emailing [email protected] or calling +971 4 448 1355.

Those attending will be divided into two groups – under 15s and under 18s. And juniors already enrolled in the ICC Academy’s Warriors coaching programmes will receive a 10 per cent discount on the cost of the Azhar Mahmood Twenty20 cricket camp.

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