UAE National Cricket team November Camp release

UAE National Cricket team November Camp release

ICC Gatorade High Performance Programme training camp runs from November 7th through to November 23rd. Collingwood, Franks and Read join coaching team from November 7th to November 17th. Camp integral component of UAE HPP preparations for 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup.

UAE, Dubai, Tuesday November 4th 2014 : Paul Collingwood, Paul Franks and Chris Read will work with the UAE National Cricket team during their intensive November camp as part of the ICC’s Gatorade High Performance Programme.  

The camp will run from Saturday, November 7th to Sunday, November 23rd at the ICC Academy, Dubai Sports City, Dubai, and where Collingwood, Franks and Read will join the National team’s coaching staff from the 7th through to the 17th. The camp forms part of the team’s preparation for cricket's marquee 50-over event, the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup.

“Our November training camp (at the ICC Academy) marks a key phase in our programme where we will be seeking to hone the specialist skills we know we’ll need to call on in the Cricket World Cup.  I’m certain that the players will get a huge amount from working with each of the consultant coaches.” said Will Kitchen, General Manager, ICC Academy and UAE Cricket High Performance Manager.

Collingwood’s, who won the 2010 ICC T20 World Cup as Captain with England and one of the world’s most highly regarded fielders will focus primarily on fielding, Read, the former England wicket keeper will spend intensive sessions with the UAE wicket keepers, and Franks with the teams’ fast bowlers.

David East, Emirates Cricket Board CEO commented; “Aqib Javed and his support team have done a fantastic job getting the players ready for the World Cup, and we want to ensure that he has all the resources at his disposal to continue with the great progress we have seen.  Specialist coaches are a really important part of any squad preparation for a major tournament, and I am sure these high quality individuals will add great value."

Having represented England previously, at international levels, all three coaches have extensive experience of playing in the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup host countries of New Zealand and Australia.  The 3 coaches also continue to play County Cricket in the UK; Collingwood with Durham, the side he guided to the County Championship title this season and both Franks and Read with Trent Bridge outfit, Nottinghamshire.  Between them they have amassed over 62,000 runs and 1342 wickets in their professional careers, Read alone has claimed over 1300 catches and 150 stumpings during his time behind the wickets.

However, it’s the trio’s coaching ability which UAE are investing in, both Read and Franks are part of the England and Wales Cricket Board’s Level 4 Elite Coach Development Programme - whilst Collingwood is currently completing his Level 3 Performance Coach qualification. All of this vast experience culminates in a valuable resource for the UAE National team during their November training camp.

“As our preparation towards the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup really steps up, we’re really excited about bringing Paul, Chris and Paul in to work with the players and staff, particularly after the successful series against a strong Pakistan A side which we narrowly lost.  Each of them has significant expertise of playing in the conditions we’re preparing our players for, and most importantly they are all very able coaches who will provide Aqib (Javed) with the support he needs at the level of professionalism and detail which our players have become accustomed to” added Kitchen. 

On conclusion of the 3-week training camp, the UAE team will play a practice game on Sunday, November 23rd at the ICC Academy against a New Zealand XI, followed a week later by four One Day International games against Afghanistan, also to be played at the ICC Academy on the Academy’s Australian pitches.

The UAE National Cricket team will play their first Pool game of the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup against Zimbabwe on February 19th, 2015 in Nelson, New Zealand.