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Kevin Pietersen holds training session

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England batsman Kevin Pietersen held a training session for the Warriors kids at the ICC Academy last week.

During his time at the Academy, Pietersen, of South African extraction, tested the Academy’s kids with bat and ball in the indoor nets, and also bowled to members of the public.

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Needless to say, the cameras were out and there were photo flashes aplenty at the Academy during his time, because it’s not everyday that lovers of the gentleman’s game get to see one of their heroes in the flesh.

Pietersen also took out the time to meet with children from the SNF Development Centre. Now in its eighth year of operations, the SNF Development Centre addresses the needs of physically and mentally challenged children in the region. Their noble efforts have seen several young adults with special needs integrate into the mainstream workforce in the UAE.

Taking the time out to sign some autographs and pose with the children, Pietersen’s visit would’ve surely meant the world to them, and it is surely a memorable experience that they will remember for a long time.

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“I’m here to do a little bit of work with some youngsters,” said Pietersen, on his visit here. “Very kindly, you guys have given me the facility to use, I am very grateful for that.

“It’s just a world-class facility,” continued Pietersen, who’s used our facilities here before, while training for Twenty20 competitions such as the IPL, which he played with the Delhi Daredevils and KFC Big Bash, representing the Melbourne Stars. “If you’ve got a world-class facility and you’re allowed to use it, why wouldn’t you use it?

“It just offers you variety, you can get whatever you need,” added Pietersen, who was part of the England squad that trained at the ICCA ahead of their series win in India in October and November 2012. “For us, the facilities need to be right. We have to have good facilities in order to improve our games. Anybody needs good facilities to improve our games, especially the pros. Whenever I’ve batted here, I’ve loved it.

“This is obviously a proven facility that a lot of international sides have used,” he finished.

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