Rod Marsh (standing) unfurls his vision

Rod Marsh, Australia’s legendary wicket-keeper and batsman, who is currently the Director of Coaching at the ICC Global Cricket Academy briefed team and tournament officials during the ACC Twenty20 Cup in Kuwait about the on-going work at the Academy.

Marsh said, "The ICC Global Cricket Academy will soon be a central, state-of-the-art facility which will focus on the development of not only the players, but coaches, umpires, curators and administrators. The Academy will not only be open to Test-playing nations but to associates as well as schools."

He went on to say that at any given point of time, associate teams and schoolchildren may well have the chance to train alongside the very best in the game. Coaches too, will have the opportunity to mix with their Test-playing nation counterparts, providing them with an invaluable experience

There was a lot of interest shown from the team and tournament officials during the question and answer session after Marsh’s talk. ACC Development Officer Iqbal Sikander said, “I’ve been briefed on all that the Academy has to offer and I am very impressed. It is a wonderful opportunity for ACC members to take advantage of the facilities. Our only concern is the cost of using these top-class facilities”

Rod Marsh and officials at the inauguration of the ACC Twenty20 in Kuwait, October 27 2007

The facilities to be installed include Hawk Eye and Jugs cricketing machines, Iron Mike Pitching machines and high speed cameras, to name a few. With a plan to craft the world’s top cricket training facility, the Academy is set to reproduce a variety of pitch types, which replicates conditions found in different countries. This requires the importing of specific types of turf, soil and clay from various parts of the world.

With the goal of trying to improve the standard of cricket worldwide and the duty to ensure the growth of the game, Marsh defines the ICC Global Cricket Academy as "A complete cricket centre".

The ICC Global Cricket Academy will be in operation by the end of 2008.

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Filed November 22 2007