Time Out Dubai profiles in brief five places you can learn to play cricket in Dubai, including ICC Cricket Academy, Young Talents Cricket Academy and more
Cricket is one of the most widely played sports in Dubai, as well being home to the International Cricket Corporation (ICC). So as the Masters Champions League gets underway in the UAE, we take a quick look at five places where you can hone your skills and learn to play to cricket in Dubai.
ICC Cricket Academy It’s endorsed by the sport’s governing body. With top-class facilities, it offers coaching for coaches, too. www.iccacademy.net.
Emirates Cricket Training The academy is run by the level one-certified Shakil Latif, backed by former UAE international Rizwan Ahmed. www.ectdubai.net.
Young Talents Cricket Academy Runs four sessions a week split between Al Sadiq School and the India Club. www.young-talent.com.
Desert Cubs This multi-discipline sports club has had recent success developing young cricketers for the UAE under-19 team. www.desertcubs.com.
JT’s Cricket Academy Jairaj Thakur is at its helm and it schools future stars as well as late bloomers. www.jtscricketacademy.com.
And here are the bats you need.... Dhs2,200 Michael Vaughan – Gm
The former England captain averaged more than 40 in Test matches and the Capricorn Commanders will be relying on such consistency. The new Gunn & More Six6 is perfect for T20 big guns. www.gm-cricket.com.
Dhs1,320 Brian Lara – Mrf
A swashbuckler, record-breaker and showstopper, Lara is a true cricketing legend. Even at 46 he could do a job for Leo Lions. MRFs are his weapon of choice. Try the Genius model. www.cricketdirect.co.uk.
Dhs900 Jacques Kallis – Slazenger
One of the finest all-rounders the game has ever seen, Kallis will be key to the Libra Legends’ hopes. The previous version of his new V800 is now less than half price. www.slazenger.com.
Dhs1,670 Adam Gilchrist – Puma
A fantastically clean and powerful hitter, Gilchrist can change any game in a flash. The Sagittarius Strikers will be hoping so anyway. The Puma EvoPower should help you clear the fences. www.talentcricket.co.uk.