Sunday, March 20, 2011

How to bat 50 overs - A Finishing School for IPL batsmen

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Run by experienced professional ex-cricketers from across cricket playing nations, the ICC today unvieled plans for a "finishing school". The school will focus on providing a budding cricketer; typically from the Indian middle order; the finishing touches that will make him ready for the big leagues.

Finishing schools are a big phenomenon across the globe after a recent UN study found that traditional universities, sports academies and league structures are unable to produce skills required by the industry.

This includes cricket...

A brain child of former English cricketer Chris Tavare, the teaching faculty consists of some of the most stubborn top and middle order batsmen including the likes of Bruce Edgar, Mohinder Amarnath, Mike Atherton, Sunil Gavaskar and Kepler Wessells.

Affiliated to and fully funded by the International Cricket Council, the school courses are open to all ICC member countries. Chris Tavare, in opening the school in Dubai, said that it is his mission in life to educate young and budding cricketers on the value of putting a price (high) on their wicket. He further added that teams are finding it increasingly hard to accomplish something as simple as batting through 50 overs. The educational services his school provides will go a long way in restoring ODI durability skills.

When asked why the ICC is investing in schools that will benefit only the Indian cause, Chris Tavare refused to comment. Instead he said; "You know that when a team like India can't bat through their quota of 50 overs on subcontinental pitches; you get the feeling that the ICC is not doing enough to protect the art of batting".

Talking about price points in the Indian market, Gavaskar, who is both the member of the full time faculty and sales and marketing manager announced that there will be a 50% discount on tuition and boarding for the Indian cricket team.

The first 15 registrations from the Indian team will also receive one of the following books, absolutely free.
  • The Batting Power Play for Dummies - By AB DeVilliers 
  • Bowling Spin: An Introduction - By Robin Peterson (Foreword by Rajesh Chauhan)
  • Just Dew It - Believable Excuses for Captains - By Greame Swann and Andrew Strauss (Includes an Open Letter to Mahendra Singh Dhoni)
  • Two and a Half Men - How to win with a "no nothing" bowling attack - By Martin Crowe
  • Foreplay Explained - How men who lack penetration can still bowl their maidens over in bed  - By Ewen Chatfield 
  • Advanced Fast Bowling: How to bowl yorkers at will - By Waqar Younis and Wasim Akram
  • Elements of Style: How to give effective post match interviews - By Ricky Ponting


Govind Raj said...

One most important point missing...

How to be a Opening bowler and never open, never complete your quota of 10 overs and survive in the team without a yorker, a bouncer or reverse swing: By Munaf Patel.

Honorary felicitation by Yusuf Pathan and R. Ashwin !

Golandaaz said...

GR good one.... may be "A Fast bowler's survival kit" - by Munaf.