Coach Robin Singh likely to reach UAE by the end of this month
UAE cricket team head coach Robin Singh. (KT file)
Dubai - Singh, who replaced Dougie Brown as the UAE coach in February, has been unable to join the team due to the Covid-19 pandemic
Robin Singh, the national team coach, is not content with sharing his ideas with the players through the digital platforms and wants to reach the UAE shores soon, Mubashir Usmani, general secretary of the Emirates Cricket Board, said.
Singh, who replaced Dougie Brown as the UAE coach in February, has been unable to join the team due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
But the former Indian all-rounder, according to Usmani, is leaving no stone unturned in his attempts to join the training sessions of the team in the UAE.
After the Covid-19-enforced break, the UAE players returned to group training at the ICC Academy in Dubai couple of weeks back without their head coach.
But Usmani says Singh could be joining the team by the end of this month.
"Robin is constantly applying for the permission in India to come here to the UAE. We are also trying to expedite the process. And we are hopeful that by the end of this month or next month he will be here with our boys," Usmani told Khaleej Times.
"But he has already been in touch with the boys during the lockdown period through online training and practice. He has already given a programme for the players. He is still in touch with the players on the digital platform, but we want him to be physically here."
Meanwhile, UAE captain Ahmed Raza said the players had already struck a chord with Singh, who won back-to-back titles in the T10 League with Kerala Kings and Northern Warriors.
"We have started on a very good note. He is learning about us and we are learning about him and his work ethic. It has been great," Raza had told Khaleej Times during a recent interview.
"We already had a lot of Zoom calls. Out groups sessions have been filmed and those have been shared with our analyst and Singh. When he had to say anything, he would give us a call and he would discuss it. We have been very much in touch with him throughout this time. It would be ideal if he was around but these are unprecedented times and things are not in our control."