Lack of cricket facilities in Dubai: Sekar

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Dubai, Apr 1 (UNI) Former Indian fast bowler and head coach at MRF Pace Foundation, T A Sekar has said youngsters are keen to learn the pros and cons of the game but face a shortage of facilities here.

Sekar was imparting his knowledge of the game among the youngsters.

''Cricket being an outdoor game needs a ground but here we find few which are not enough to meet the requirements of the rapidly growing population of Dubai,'' he told 'Khaleej Times'.

''Global Cricket Academy at Dubai Sports City is a unique project which is going to help the game worldwide.

''Dubai is centre of attention in the world and being the headquarters of the game, players from around the globe can visit the city and benefit from this facility,'' he added.

Sekar said BCCI should join hands with MRF Pace Foundation. ''The body has really produced results for India. It has given the country the fast bowlers, it has trained, rehabilitated the injured bowlers and helped players to regain form.'' ''We have many youngsters who are showing great improvement and are knocking the door of international cricket.

''Pradeep Sangwan and Yo Mahesh are two upcoming fast bowlers, who might play a big role in Indian cricket in future,'' he added.

While talking about Twenty20 tournament, Sekar, who is also the consultant with IPL Delhi Daredevils team, said, ''IPL in India has opened doors for many youngsters to show their talent and vie for the place in national team.'' ''The BCCI secretary Lalit Modi has done a commendable job and we hope it will have a positive effect on cricket worldwide,'' he added.

MRF Pace Foundation is based in Chennai and it has trained many fast bowlers who went on to play for India and also for other international teams.

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