Select UAE cricketers to be coached by South Africa legend Gary Kirsten

Denzil Pinto 23:07 23/09/2015
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Kirsten returns to Dubai.

World Cup-winning coach Gary Kirsten will visit Dubai to train budding cricketers in a two-day clinic in November.

The South African will hold three-hour classes on the weekend of November 21 and 22 at Cover Drive Academy and another venue, which is yet to be confirmed.

Kirsten knows what is needed to succeed at the top, having won the 2011 World Cup with India and coaching elite players like Jacques Kallis, Virat Kohli and superstar Sachin Tendulkar.

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And he will be passing on his knowledge to 20 youngsters, who will receive one-to-one training on how to improve their batting, fielding and bowling skills.

Kobus Olivier, owner of Pro Coach, which is organising the trip is delighted to see Kirsten return to Dubai.

“This will be a coaching programme of a different kind,” he said. “He held two similar coaching programmes last year and he was delighted by what he saw, and I’m sure he will be impressed again.”

He added: “During this clinic, children can gain an insight on what his coaching philosophy is. He really has a unique way of coaching.

“Wherever he has gone, he has had positive results and am sure the children will embrace the opportunity.”

Given that more than 40 children turned up for Kirsten’s coaching clinic in Dubai last November, Olivier confirmed there will be a selection process for the two-day programme.

“We expect a high number of children to be interested but we will only accept 20 boys on each of the two days. We will have a selection process and the ones who have the best potential will be put through,” Olivier said.

For more information on how to apply, email [email protected].

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