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Ricky Ponting, the former Australian captain, has joined Mumbai Indians on an ‘advisory role’. One of the best batsman of the modern era, Ricky Ponting was part of the victorious Mumbai Indians side last season and had led the team in the first few outings before handing over the reins to current captain Rohit Sharma.
Ricky will be with the team for the last two matches of the UAE leg.
“I am looking forward to working with Mumbai Indians once again,” said Ricky after interacting with the team upon arrival in Dubai.
“I had a fantastic season last summer and understand how passionate our players are towards the franchise. I believe we have the fire in us and we will strive hard to put our best.”
Mumbai Indians takes on Delhi Daredevils in its fourth match at Sharjah today.
IPL Franchise joins hands with G Force Cricket Academy
By IPL Desk
Mumbai 26 April 2014
As part of its endeavour to promote cricket and identify and nurture talent at the grassroots, Delhi Daredevils will be associating with UAE based G Force Cricket Academy to train budding talents in Dubai.
Delhi Daredevils support staff would be holding five-day clinics in the country spread over the next one year and would be a first of its kind initiative.
Delhi Daredevils have been organizing School Cricket Cup since 2012 and had 48 schools in the first year of the programme. And the number since have only increased in the last two years. This year Delhi Daredevils plans to reach 96 schools across Delhi NCR region participate.
Delhi Daredevils Board Director, TA Sekar said, “This is a huge opportunity for the youngsters as they will be getting first hand coaching tips from the top class DD coaching team. UAE has a huge potential to make a mark on world cricket map and I am sure that through this clinics we would be able to unearth substantial talent that can go on to represent the country over the years.”
G Force Cricket Academy, based in Dubai since 2004, is run by former Saurashtra cricketer Gopal Jaspara. The Academy has trained over 1000 players and a few of them have already represented UAE in various age groups. G Force Cricket Academy organised many cricket coaching programs in UAE, India and England
Gopal Jasapara welcomed Delhi Daredevils in UAE with this unique coaching initiative and said, "We have already had the likes of Ramakant Achrekar, coach of batting legend Sachin Tendulkar gracing our academy. Former West Indies captain Jimmy Adams is a Brand Ambassador with the Academy. But this tie up with DD will go a long way in nurturing talent here."
Delhi Daredevils CEO Hemant Dua said, “Delhi Daredevils have been involved in various development initiatives in Delhi and NCR region which aim at training and nurturing talented cricketers as we look to broad base the talent pool. This association with G Force will only help us to extend our initiatives overseas as well.
“We also plan to open a full-fledged Cricket Academy in Delhi NCR and some other countries in Asia in the coming days”, added Dua.
Brief profile of G Force Cricket Academy in UAE
G Force Cricket Academy based at the DPS Academy Dubai runs regular coaching program under the auspices of Dubai Cricket Council. Boys aged six and above trained under the watchful eyes of qualified coaches. G Force (God given force) Cricket Academy has conducted many specialised coaching programs with legend cricketers and professional coaches in UAE, England and India.
The Academy has won many tournaments conducted by the cricket councils in various age groups and represents the country in various age groups.