Senior Warriors ready for inaugural UK Tour
Less than twelve months ago, the Senior Warriors programme was a piece of paper lying on one of the many desks at the ICC Academy. Now, it has grown into a programme encompassing 40 senior cricketers, a third of which are preparing for their first ever cricketing endeavor to the United Kingdom.
The Senior Warriors joins a list of coaching programmes that have ensured ICC Academy’s reckoning amongst the best cricket academies in the Middle East. Not only does the Senior Warriors programme allow cricket enthusiasts over the age of 18 the perfect platform to play their favorite sport, but also provides an opportunity to compete whilst fulfilling a dream they may have given up at a younger age.
And now the dream gets bigger. A third of the Senior Warriors are set to visit Leicestershire, England, where they are scheduled to face English Club sides in a handful of limited over matches. While the team is leaving no stone unturned in their preparations to succeed in the UK, the touring party are willing to look beyond winning and losing on their inaugural trip.
“I can sense the excitement growing amongst the team as we draw closer to our departure date,”said Coach Adnan Sabri, who will be traveling with the squad later this summer.
“We wanted to deliver a coaching programme for seniors that wasn’t restricted to recreational cricket and the fact that we are traveling to the UK at the culmination of our first season is a story in itself.
“We have incorporated different drills in our training session in the last few weeks keeping in mind the playing conditions in the UK, conditions that offer a real test for subcontinent cricketers. It will be a challenge for these players, an exciting one nonetheless.
“We want to do well on the tour, however, it is important for the players to learn and add to their game. At the ICC Academy, we value development and learning over anything else.
“Lastly, I am thankful to the ICC Academy management and our sponsors – Electron Group and Radio 4, for their unconditional support towards a successful senior tour.”
The advent of Senior and Girl Warriors programmes only adds significant color to an existing palette of 700 odd aspiring cricketers under the age of 18 that train every week at the plush facility located in Dubai Sports City.
ICC Academy Manager Will Kitchen expressed his delight with the progress of the Senior Warriors. He said: “The senior warriors programme has done exceedingly well in its first year and we want to build on that after a busy period of summer activities.
“The Senior Warriors follow the footsteps of their junior counterparts, U11, U13 and U14 Warriors squads that are scheduled to participate in the English Schools Cricket Association (ESCA) Schools Cricket Festival held in Taunton later this month
“And while these players represent the ICC Academy in the UK, the juniors can better their cricketing skills at the Summer Camp beginning July 5th. Toddlers will enjoy their own summer camp overseen by Cricket Cubs coaches throughout the summer. All of this before we head back to the first term of coaching programmes on the 8th September.
“If you are looking for a facility to play cricket this summer, we have several options at special rates. You can book a pitch at the outdoor nets that were used by the UAE national team to prepare for the 2015 ICC World Cup, or use the indoor facility that is meant for cricketing excellence with the availability of technology such as the Pitch Vision and Pro Batter.
“The Ramadan Tournament, an indoor cricketing spectacle featuring UAE’s top indoor teams is just another means to be involved with the ICC Academy this summer.”
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If you wish to be a part of the Senior Warriors programme, call us on 044481355 for registration details or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.