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I am simple man. I have a simple brief: Far too many coaches make things immensely challenging to understand. But no coach needs to do that. Instead, we need to be clear, concise and above all be communicating correctly with students, parents and other coaches. No coach needs to try and impress if they are already good enough. And that is the greatest mistake in coaching.
Improvements for all the bowlers were instantaneous. The seeds of UPF were born. My introduction to biomechanics, kinetics and isometrics came from Dr Ken West, a professor of human movement working across 46 different sports who as a leading optometrist in his own right, helped Anul Kumble disregard his glasses for specialised contact lenses.
Ken questioned everything I did as a coach. This is why he worked in so many sports, across all the levels to World-Class standard.
There would be some human movement non-negotiable issues in that, too. But the style we perform the movement in is individual.
To create a success formula, you need a starting point. This is what has held back successive National Boards, coach educators and those wanting to, but not knowing how to work with speed. It has put fast bowling out on its own as the only sport remaining backwards in the knowledge that great technique takes us forwards.
It got me to look for common ground in sports as well as identify similar patterning for fast bowling. And all the skill drills that go with those positions — to maximise the speed of ANY bowler — were fully developed into what they are today.
No jargon and few if any, external props required. Just the purist form of educating speed into bowlers regardless of their size, shape, build, genetics, background or environment. This is unique, rare," Yuvraj says.
Has to be, right? It's the ICC after all. The biggest cricketing body. No holds barred kind of atmosphere is expected; the best infrastructure, coaches, nets, the best of everything. It's all easier in the mind than in reality.
But once you have spent a couple of hours at the property, once you've covered every inch of the premise, once you've seen the nitty-gritty's of the place, you can't help but exclaim in your mind "WOW". It truly does justice to the ICC moniker. It's not only that its infrastructure makes your jaw drop.
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It's like they say, the entire package. Every training center boasts nets, coaches, modern-day state of art facilities. But there is something about this place. With two massive grounds and a net area that comprises 37 lanes, each different in its behaviour, makes you continuously marvel at it.
Couple it with huge floodlights and they're even a notch above the local club cricket grounds in England. Its concept had been brewing since many years - dating back to the time the ICC had its headquarters in London - even though it wasn't until that it was finally up and running. The plan was not only to provide budding cricketers the chance to have access to world-class facilities but primarily to give a chance to teams such as Afghanistan, Nepal, Canada, Kenya and Hong Kong, countries whose domestic setup isn't as formidable as others.
Inwe welcomed about 52 different teams who play at a professional level. Not school teams; we are talking about franchise teams, full member A sides, full member first-class sides. Women cricketers access it, a lot of Associates member access it. Many English teams use the venue as an overseas training base. TOI Photo A million-dollar property, the ICC Academy, like any other coaching center took an immense amount of time and effort to culminate into what it is today.
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The fact that Dubai was chosen as the venue was really a no-brainer since the ICC's headquarters is here.
But it is interesting to note than the ICC did not fund the academy. The brain child to come up with this maniac of a coaching center was of the three owners who helped set up the Dubai Sports City. Once that was established, the decision to have perhaps the biggest cricket coaching academy in Dubai was taken in an instant. The city was primed to be one of the next sporting hubs of the world for years to come and it was geographically accessible for every country too with Emirates being a popular air franchise all round the globe.
So the plans were underway, and the blueprint set. But it's never really that easy, is it? Then there were things like importing soil from around the world. It's easy to assume all of it when you come to Dubai but the implementation is always the tricky part," Kitchen says.
The vision to do this and the passion to keep it going is incredible. And let's not forget all of this happened when there was a financial crunch round the world. The economy was falling over but the owners were pouring money into building this place, so it's a terrific achievement. Having moved here inKitchen did not have much of a managerial role in the past, let alone taking care of this 'new baby' that was a result of incredible amount of struggle and hard work.
The going could have got tough, but Kitchen, over the last four and a half years, has successfully been able to channel all the love he had for the sport ever since he was a child. A reasonable cricketer as he calls himself, Kitchen has played league cricket and representative county cricket. Above where he sits is a possession Kitchen holds dearly: A Mumbai Indians jersey signed by the great Sachin Tendulkar.
So is a portrait of Kane Williamson signed personally by the New Zealand captain. Those two, among a plethora of others have visited the academy and were left in complete awe of it.
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It's appreciations such as these that drives Kitchen. Actually, I should have been a batsman who bowled but I opened the bowling and batted at 7.
What I should have been doing is bowled first change and bat at 4," he says with a laugh. This ground is for someone like him and not me to play on. Hence I always stay away from it when I have a bat or ball in hand. Talking of whom, there are 35 of them across the board and 10 full-time guys.
Most of them have played the game at certain levels but there are also those who are here plainly on the basis of how well they understand the game. For Kitchen and the academy, it has never been about having playing experience as much as having the characteristics to understand the player, his needs.
Have they got empathy for the players they're going to work with? Whether they understand what their players' needs are?
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That's the first thing we look at," Kitchen, who himself has had a fairly long stint as a cricket coach, says. If they're more bothered about their reputation, we are not bothered. It is huge, and equally unique.