High Performance Programme for World Cup Trio
The ICC Academy welcomed three nations at their world-class facilities as they began preparations for the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup, to be held in little more than a month’s time in Australia and New Zealand.
Afghanistan, Scotland and Ireland were all put through their paces ahead of the showpiece event Down Under, as they underwent intensive training sessions on the outdoor pitches which were specially prepared for their arrival.
The pitches at the Oval had been modified to mirror the conditions they would be facing in the Southern Hemisphere next month and it went quite a ways in helping them acclimatise themselves to the potential scenarios they could expect to see at the tournament.
The teams also took to the outdoor practice nets just off the Ovals as they rehearsed their varied batting and bowling strategies that would make up their cricketing armouries come the 14th of February, in addition to their highly effective warm-ups facing the Pro Batter, which features balls delivered in the styles of some of cricket’s most fearsome speedsters and spinners.
But the events that were most likely to whet their appetite for the World Cup would’ve most certainly been the tri-series that was played between the three nations.
The Afghans won their opener against Scotland at the ICCA, and will play the British side once again on the 14thin Abu Dhabi. They are also scheduled to play Ireland on the 17th in Dubai. The two European teams face off at Dubai International Stadium on Monday afternoon.
ICC Academy Manager Will Kitchen was delighted with the presence of the three World Cup teams.
“It is good to have international teams of burgeoning reputation here. It speaks volumes of our stature as an academy,” he said. “We are very confident that their experiences here will hold them in good stead at the World Cup.
“We will always welcome a team that wishes to use our facilities with open arms and are delighted to welcome back Scotland, Afghanistan and Ireland in the future.”