Dubai, Oct.13 : The ICC Global Cricket Academy (GCA), based at Dubai Sports City, has announced the appointment of two world-class coaches - former Test cricketers Dayle Hadlee and Mudassar Nazar.
Both coaches will relocate to Dubai to take up their positions in early 2009.
Hadlee arrives from New Zealand Cricket (NZC) where he has been working as head bowling coach, and previously head coach of the NZC academy, while Mudassar will come into the job from his current position as director of game development for the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
The pair will work alongside the GCA's director of coaching Rodney Marsh to help train and develop the best talent in world cricket. They will also work with international teams and local players to improve the standard of the sport across the United Arab Emirates.
The three coaches will design and implement specific elite programmes, provide coaching education courses and support grassroots development to make the GCA a centre of excellence, innovation and education for world cricket.
"Dayle and Mudassar are two of the best academy coaches in the world," said Marsh.
"I can't wait to start working with them in order to develop programmes that will help to improve cricket globally. We will have a great balance of coaching skills to offer every cricketer who comes to Dubai Sports City," he said.
Hadlee played 26 Test matches and 11 One-Day Internationals for New Zealand. He then moved into coaching and became one of the most respected academy and fast-bowling coaches in the game.
"I am looking forward to this new chapter in my life and I hope my contribution will have a lasting impact on cricket around the world," said Hadlee.
"The ICC Global Cricket Academy will be a spectacular facility that will provide the best environment to develop talent and participation in the sport," he added.
Mudassar scored more than 4,000 runs and took 66 wickets during his Test match career for Pakistan that included a stint as vice-captain. More recently he has been working at the PCB's National Cricket Academy.
"This is a really exciting opportunity to work at the highest level of cricket coaching and development," said Mudassar. "I am looking forward to working with elite level players, but also improving the talent within the UAE."
The GCA will be an important focal point for international cricketing excellence and education. Situated in Dubai Sports City, the academy will provide a unique environment for coaching, game education and training in outstanding facilities with some of the games best coaches.
The GCA will also afford the opportunity to players, coaches, umpires, curators and administrators from across the ICC's 104 Members to benefit from programmes and courses, creating a vibrant and integrated cricket community.
Based at Dubai Sports City, the ICC Global Cricket Academy (GCA) will be the focal point of world cricket development, offering players, coaches, umpires and trainers at all levels the opportunity to develop their education and skills.
The GCA will provide state-of-the-art facilities with indoor and outdoor pitches, complemented by the latest technology to allow coaches to assess all areas of a player's game.
The facility will be home to some of the best cricket coaches in the world, who will work with visiting international teams as well as local players to improve the standard of cricket across the UAE.
As part of the plan to create the best training facility in the world, the GCA is reproducing a variety of pitch types, which will replicate the playing surface conditions of the UK, Asian sub-continent and Australia. The work involves importing specific types of clay, soil and turf using varying preparation and agronomic practices to replicate the characteristics of each surface.
Story first published: Monday, October 13, 2008, 15:44 [IST]
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