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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 September 2018

VVS Laxman and Shoaib Akhtar set for coaching roles at UAE T20x

Inaugural tournament will feature a host of coaches and former players in non-playing roles

Former Pakistan bowler Shoaib Akhtar has been confirmed as a coach for the UAE T20x. AFP
Former Pakistan bowler Shoaib Akhtar has been confirmed as a coach for the UAE T20x. AFP

Organisers for the UAE T20x have announced a host of coaches and former players who are set to take on non-playing roles for the inaugural tournament in December.

Former India internationals VVS Laxman, Robin Singh, Venkatesh Prasad and Sanjay Bangar have all signed up to lend their expertise to the franchises, as has AR Srikkant, who is the performance and strategic analyst for Indian Premier League side Kolkata Knight Riders.

From Pakistan, Shoaib Akhtar, Saqlain Mushtaq, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Saeed Ajmal, Misbah-ul-Haq and Waqar Younis have also confirmed their involvement, while former Sri Lanka fast bowler Chaminda Vaas has put himself forward for selection as a bowling coach when the UAE T20x auction and draft takes place later this year.

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"The coaching roster we are currently building boasts some of the sport’s best former players and career coaches and is another clear demonstration of our commitment to not only showcase emerging talent, but to provide them with a high standard of competition and world class coaching that will help develop their individual game,” said Zayed Abbas, board member at Emirates Cricket Board (ECB).

The unique structure of the UAE T20x will ensure four emerging and junior players are picked in each team along with three Associate member players and three national team players from the UAE. Each team will also feature five international star players and an international "Icon".

The announcement regarding the coaching roster follows the news that South African great AB de Villiers has been confirmed as the tournament's global ambassador.

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