Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Wednesday, 12 September 2018: UAE T20x has announced the first wave of Australian cricket legends to have registered as coaches for the inaugural franchise league, which will be hosted across the United Arab Emirates from 19th December – 11th January.
The coaching roster, which is over 100 strong, consists of career coaches and cricket legends from 11 different countries - including nearly 20 from Australia – all of whom have the ability to help UAE T20x realize its ambition of developing emerging talent from both Full Member Board and Associate Member Nations.
Michael Bevan, widely regarded as one of the world’s best limited overs batsmen, brings more than 10 years of ODI experience to the table, making him a top pick for franchise buyers ahead of the tournament. He will be joined in the draft by Tom Moody, who not only has a distinguished playing career but a depth of experiencing coaching on both the international stage and in T20 franchise leagues. Dean Jones, who dominated the one-day game throughout the 80s and 90s, has also signed up as a coach alongside John Buchanan- best known for guiding Australia to victory in the 2003 ICC Cricket World Cup.
In addition, Simon Katich, Darren Berry, Dav Whatmore, Peter Kelly, Trent Johnson, Matt Mason, Stuart Law, Jamie Siddons, Kepler Wessels and Stuart MacGill make-up the current roster of Australian coaches who have put themselves forward for selection.
Salman Sarwar Butt, CEO of UAE T20x said: “Development of talent - both domestic and international - is at the heart of our league. We can’t achieve this goal without attracting the world’s best players and coaching staff, so it goes without saying that we are really excited to see so many Australian legends coming forward to be a part of UAE T20x.”
He added: “The knowledge these coaches have will be invaluable in helping to improve the standard of young players competing in UAE T20x. The experience they will gain is something that will live on long after our tournament; ultimately, we want them to return home to their domestic leagues as better players.”
The progressive team structure which has been created by UAE T20x will ensure four emerging and junior players are picked in each team along with three ICC Associate Member players and three national team players from the UAE. Not only will they benefit from great coaches, but from legendary team mates, as every squad will feature five international star players and an international Icon.