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Europe’s 12 best cricketers will be travelling to Pune, India this month to take to attend the ICC European Men’s Academy.
The academy will feature elite coaches from around the world including former Australian test bowler and Pakistan national coach Geoff Lawson and Cricket Ireland’s director of cricket, and former England team analyst Mark Garaway.
Garaway will be head coach of the Academy head coach and said he’s looking forward to being involved with the first time: “I have craved the opportunity to lead a coaching team and am really looking forward to it, as there has been a high quality support team assembled. I am honoured to be working with the team and know that the players will be working within an elite environment throughout the trip.”
It’s the eighth year the Academy has been staged and the 11-day trip will see the participants involved in a mixture of net sessions, video analysis, bowling, fielding and batting drills, centre wicket practice, and one-to-one discussions with coaches on player performance and goal-setting.
The programme runs from February 24 to March 6 with participants ranging from 19-27 years old and coming from across the six of ICC European Member Countries - Denmark, Guernsey, Ireland, Isle of Man, Netherlands and Scotland.
ICC European Academy Squad 2010: Alasdair Evans (Scotland), Phil Eaglestone (Ireland) Nigel Jones (Ireland) (GCS Player Scholarship), Mark Jonkman (Netherlands), Gary Kidd (Ireland), Rory McCann (Ireland) Matthew Parker (Scotland), Marc Petrie (Scotland), Andrew Poynter (Ireland), Zishan Shah (Denmark), James Warr (Guernsey), Berend Westdijk (Netherlands).
Assistant editor Sahil Dutta grew up supporting England during the 90s. Despite this, he still enjoys the game. His unrequited passions for Graeme Hick and, in latter years, Vikram Solanki gave him a stoicism that guided him through an Economics degree and a stint working at the European Parliament. He maintains the purest love for Tests and the whims of legspin bowling and still harbours hope that he could be the answer to England's long search for a mystery spinner. As it is, his most exciting cricketing experience was planning a trip to Australia for the 2006-07 Ashes with two utterly indifferent friends. Unfortunately his lung collapsed shortly before his planned departure and the pair were left to wander around from Test to Test, unprepared and clueless. Any comparisons with England are far too obvious to make. That cancelled holiday inspired an Ashes blog which led, via some tea-making at the Wisden Cricketer, to the ESPNcricinfo towers.