LAHORE ICC launches Global Cricket Academy The ICC Global Cricket Academy (ICC GCA), based at Dubai Sports City, was officially launched with the world-class facilities being put through their paces for the first time in the Dubai sunshine. Former Pakistan opener and Director National Cricket Academy Mudassar Nazar is among a host of former great placed as coach at the city. Present at the launch was ICC President Sharad Pawar, ICC Vice-President Alan Isaac and several members of the ICC Board as well as ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat. There on behalf of Dubai Sports City were its founding partners while Dubailand was represented by its Chief Executive Mohammed Al Habbai. The ICC GCA boasts some of the worlds top coaches under the directorship of former Australia wicketkeeper Rodney Marsh, including other former Test players Mudassar Nazar from Pakistan and Dayle Hadlee of New Zealand. Together they will help train and develop the best talent in world cricket as well as local players so as to improve the standard of the sport across the United Arab Emirates. The three coaches will implement specific elite programmes, provide coaching education courses and support grassroots development to make the ICC GCA a centre of excellence, innovation and education for world cricket. In general, the ICC GCA will be an important focal point for international cricketing excellence and education. Situated in Dubai Sports City, the academy will provide a unique environment for coaching, game education and training in outstanding facilities with some of the games best coaches. The ICC GCA will also afford the opportunity to players, coaches, umpires, curators and administrators from across the ICCs 105 Members to benefit from programmes and courses, creating a vibrant and integrated cricket community.