Dubai: Former Pakistan Test star and International Cricket Council (ICC) Academy Head Coach, Mudassar Nazar, wants school children to enjoy indoor cricket and improve their skills.
The ICC Academy that is currently staging an eight school inter-school tournament will soon open their tournament for more school teams.
“This tournament is a great opportunity for children from some of the very best schools in Dubai to come and test themselves against their peers in a competitive environment. We already have a thriving junior coaching programme at the ICC Academy and for those who are not already part of it this is the chance for them to come along, play some high-class indoor cricket and experience our world-class facilities for themselves. The schools tournament has been designed to take place at a convenient time after school hours and it should be great fun for all those involved as well as being great entertainment,” said Nazar.
Stressing the importance of Indoor cricket, ICC Academy High Performance Coordinator Andy Russell said: “Indoor Cricket requires greater discipline and I was happy to see budding cricketers showcase that on the opening round of the School Indoor Tournament. This is the first time we have organised an Indoor tournament for this age group and I am sure it will help these children develop their game in all respects.”
The Dubai Sports City wants more school children to use the indoor cricket facilities. Maqbul Dudhia, the Dubai Sports City General Manager Sports Business, said: “The ICC Academy is unquestionably the premier indoor cricket venue in the UAE with the largest permanent indoor playing area in the country and a superb atmosphere that is created when the lights are on, and we are all looking forward to the young players from schools coming along and experiencing it for themselves.”
With the UAE, which experiences hot summer for long periods, introducing young cricketers into indoor cricket it is expected to be hugely beneficial to keep in touch with the game. The UAE had recently qualified for the Under-19 World Cup and more youngsters are being attracted to the game.