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High Performance Programme for World Cup Trio

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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.

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Scotland are part of the High Performance Programme held at the ICC Academy ahead of the 2015 world cup.

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.

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Ireland, Scotland and Afghanistan have been practicing on wickets similar to those found in Australia and New Zealand – a rare feature mastered at the ICC Academy.

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.

Cricket Afghanistan have been frequent visitors at the ICC Academy and they would hope their hard work is rewarded at the 2015 Cricket world cup.

Cricket Afghanistan have been frequent visitors at the ICC Academy and they would hope their hard work is rewarded at the 2015 Cricket world cup.

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.”

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