Leading Associate Nations batsmen have successfully completed the first ever ICC Global Cricket Academy’s (GCA) batting camp. The training was supervised by GCA coach and former Pakistan batsman Mudassar Nazar, who was also assisted by fellow GCA coaches Rodney Marsh and Dayle Hadlee.
The 10-day ICC GCA’s High Performance Programme (HPP) batting camp was aimed at assessment, basic skill development, and setting up an ongoing programme for each of the 18 players who will be monitored throughout 2010 by the ICC GCA and the HPP member coaches in the lead-up to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011.
“The ICC GCA is focused on delivering high-quality training and fitness programmes that will allow cricket groups – from players and coaches to umpires, curators, and administrators – develop their skills and expertise in a range of disciplines. Following the successful training sessions in Pretoria, the ICC GCA is scheduled to host another training camp in early 2010 at its base in Dubai Sports City,” said Rod Marsh, Director of Coaching, ICC Global Cricket Academy.
The six ICC members involved in the batting camp that took place in Pretoria, South Africa, were Canada, Ireland, Scotland, Kenya, Afghanistan and the Netherlands, all of who had also sent their national coaches to benefit from the experience.
Supporting the ICC GCA staff in Pretoria was a team of experts including Dubai Sports City’s High Performance Coordinator Andrew Russell, who created the fitness and fielding testing protocols for the six teams and monitored the players’ development in these specialist areas.
The ICC’s High Performance Manager, Richard Done, has worked closely with the ICC GCA coaches to create a worthwhile programme that will help the sides to go on and do well at the global stage.
Done said: “Our top priority for the next 15 months is to develop their essential skill base, ensure proper specialist support and provide them competitive experience so that these players can excel at the highest level.
“The HPP batting camps are designed to give these top Associate and Affiliate batsmen exposure to different conditions and quality bowlers, particularly spin and reverse swing on the sub-continent – especially important for the four teams taking part in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, which will lift the standard and performance of the teams at that global event.
“This in turn will help these top six sides to meet their greater goal of being more competitive on the world stage.”
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