Sunday, September 27, 2009 , Posted by D S Gurung at 8:05 PM


England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff is set to be an unofficial coach to the UAE national team while he recovers from a knee surgery in Dubai. Flintoff, who recently retired from Test cricket, will use the facilities available at the Dubai Sports City as his base for rehabilitation and in return will administer coaching sessions over the next six months.

Bringing with him a wealth of experience, Flintoff may well be assisting the team when they participate in upcoming international tournaments. UAE are preparing to take part in the ACC Twenty20 Cup which will be played in the UAE end November, the ICC Intercontinental Shield as well as the ICC World Twenty20 2010 Qualifier next year.

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UAE Coach Colin Wells has given his of this development and is “hopeful that this will cause an up-swell in interest among youngsters who are interested in cricket”. Wells, who has been coaching the UAE since January, went on to say that this move would be good exposure for UAE cricket and its facilities and was hopeful that it would inspire some local cricketers not to hang their boots up just yet.

ACC Development Manager Bandula Warnapura also established the positives to arise from Fintoff’s short stint. “Having him come in for even six months will be of a great benefit to the players and coaching staff. I believe that countries should have specific coaches for batting, bowling and fielding but they can all learn from his vast all-round experience and carry it forward even after he’s left,” said Mr. Warnapura.

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UAE are four-time ACC Trophy champions but lost their top-spot to Hong Kong in 2008 for the first time since 2000.

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