Youngsters book net session with Warwickshire stars

Talented school children were recently selected for a rare opportunity to participate in a net session with English county side Warwickshire County Cricket Club, here in Dubai.

By Moni Mathews

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Published: Thu 21 Mar 2013, 12:15 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 9:05 AM

The winners of a school competition are to enjoy a nets session with the star players from Warwickshire, the English county champions at the Emirates Airline Twenty20 scheduled for Friday at 7he Sevens.

Some of the winners of the school competition for slots at the net session. — Supplied photo

Action at the T20 promises to be a family’s day out when gates open at 9am. Tickets to the event are just Dh15, and children under 12 can enter free when accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Children from various schools around the UAE were recently invited to participate in a competition to win the chance to take part in the net session, and over 40 excited children have been selected to enjoy this opportunity. They also won passes for their families and a goody bag from Emirates. Eight year-old Nirvaan Chandriamani of the Repton School-Dubai is one of the players selected for the session.

“I don’t think I’ll want to leave the nets. I can focus on becoming a better cricket player and becoming just like the famous cricketers I’m going to see and learn from,” Chandriamani said.

Matthew Jackson, managing director of Sport Arabia said: “We really wanted to do something for the children and thought a nets session with the players would be a great way to get them excited. We want them to not only enjoy meeting the professional cricketers but also be able to enhance their skills and learn more about the sport – whilst enjoying the overall experience and a once in a lifetime opportunity.”

In addition, 15 up-and-coming cricketers from various cricket clubs in Dubai were selected on the basis of their skill and talent to participate in one-on-one time in the nets with Warwickshire’s top players.

Sir Maurice Flanagan, executive vice chairman, Emirates Airline & Group said: “As the title sponsor of this event, Emirates is committed to bringing world-class cricket to a local and international audience with the tournament open to spectators and broadcast live on an array of dedicated sports channels.”

He added: “The nets session being held at 7he Sevens this weekend in conjunction with the 
tournament, demonstrates our commitment to the local community in which the fixture is taking place; it is our hope that the nets session with acclaimed cricket stars will inspire up-and-coming cricketers to take their game to the next level,” he added.

Along with the net session, children can also watch the exciting matches of the day and attend autograph sessions with cricket stars such as Rahul Dravid and Dale Benkenstein.

They can also walk around the village area which will feature bouncy castles, face painting and food outlets.

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