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Old September 29, 2004, 01:11 PM
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ICC to open global academy
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An artist's impression of part of the global cricket academy
A global cricket academy designed to improve the standards of weaker nations is to be opened, the International Cricket Council has announced.

Dubai Sports City, branded the world's first integrated purpose-built sports city, will house the centre.

It will include a 30,000-capacity stadium, three other cricket grounds, indoor training and fitness facilities. The project will open in 2007 and will be available to all of the ICC's 92 member countries.

ICC president, Ehsan Mani, said the project offered cricket a unique opportunity to establish a world-class development centre would be a key element in the ICC's push to develop the game.

"The academy is a very exciting development not only for the ICC, but also for cricket globally," said Mani.

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Mani (right) completes the necessary paperwork
"Dubai is an ideal location with its ease of access for the cricket playing world and climate offering a perfect setting for this facility.

"With the facilities that are being put in place, the academy will be an outstanding resource for the ICC and our 92 members to use to continue the growth of the game."

While countries like world champions Australia and England can send their up-and-coming players to the academy, its main purpose will be to enhance opportunities for players from minnow nations.

The project is designed to aid juniors, coaches, umpires and even groundsmen.

During the recent ICC Champions Trophy, there was a huge gulf in class between the top-eight Test-playing nations and the rest, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Kenya and United States.

In future countries whose infrastructure are lagging behind the elite will be able to use the communal facility, which in turn should begin to raise performance levels across the world.

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Old September 30, 2004, 12:28 AM
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Sounds awesome. Cant wait.
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Old October 1, 2004, 10:46 PM
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ICC plans Dubai Sports City

World cricket bosses plan to set up a 25-million-dollar Global Cricket Academy at the Dubai Sports City.
An agreement to set up the academy was signed by International Cricket Council (ICC) president Ehsan Mani and Abdul Rahman Bukhatir, president of the Emirates Cricket Board and a sports city partner, an ICC statement said.

Dubai Sports City (DSC), which the Gulf emirate is selling as the world's first purpose-designed sports city, is one of 45 major schemes in a five-billion-dollar "Dubailand" theme park project, described as the Middle East's own version of Disneyland.

It will cover 4.6 million square metres (50 million square feet) of desert and include a 25,000-seat multi-purpose stadium, a 25,000-seat cricket stadium, a 10,000-seat hockey stadium and a 8,000-seat multi-purpose venue, all due for completion within four years.

South African star Ernie Els has put his signature to a championship golf course with an academy under Butch Harmon, the world's leading coach, and Troon Golf.

Manchester United are to open their first soccer school outside Europe, and Britain's ex-Davis Cup skipper David Lloyd will run a tennis academy.

As well as millions of square metres (feet) of residential villas, the city will have every sports facility conceivable, according to its developers.

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