29 October 2009

Cricket Ireland this morning announced that four of their international players along with national coach Phil Simmons will be attending an ICC batting camp in South Africa next month.

The  four selected are Paul Stirling, Kevin O’Brien, Alex Cusack and Gary Wilson, who has just signed a new two year deal with Surrey.
The batting camp will see players represented from the top six Associate sides, and will take place at the Pretoria High Performance Centre from November 16-28.
The camp is the brainchild of the  ICC’s High Performance Manager Richard Done, and will be operated by the Dubai based World Cricket Academy.
The camp is one of four scheduled over the next 16 months ahead of the 2011 World Cup finals, with the other three due to be held in Dubai.

Phil Simmons is expecting the camp to be a great success saying, “It’ll be great to work with coaches of the calibre of Rod Marsh, Dayle Hadlee and Mudassar Nazar. All the coaches from the high performance countries will be in attendance as well,  so I’m sure we’ll be able to bounce ideas off each other and learn from the experience. I’m certain the players will benefit from being in this environment, and they and Irish cricket will become stronger as a result.”

18 year old Paul Stirling is looking forward to the camp saying, “It’s a wonderful opportunity for myself to develop my game even further, and establish myself in the senior side. The coaches are some of the most experienced and highly rated in world cricket, and I’m hoping they will be able to advise me on various aspects of my batting. It’ll be great to operate in top class facilities, and it’s perfect preparation for me ahead of the Under 19 World Cup. I’m sure they’ll identify any weaknesses in my technique and work on rectifying it. It’s an exciting time for Irish cricket, and camps such as these will only improve our game further.”

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