Posted On 28 Jun 2016
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Desert Cubs Cricket Academy is once again gearing up for yet another stint in Sri Lanka from the 5thto the 15th of July 2016 as part of its annual summer tour and on this occasion will also face up to thenew challenge of playing two day games against top quality school teams. Desert Cubs is known for its innovative coaching methods and different types of match situations that it provides to its students and these longer version games are another step towards developing the mental and physical skills of the kids from a young age.

This year, the Academy will fly over 5 junior teams in the age categories of Under 11, 13, 15& 18 to the Paradise Island. The U 18 team will be captained by the current UAE U 19 skipper Waruna Perera who will be well supported by a few other junior UAE squad members including two talented girls as well.

This will be the 6thtour to Sri Lanka by Desert Cubs since its inception.The main reason for exposing the Academy’s kids to Sri Lankan school cricketfrequently is because the island nation is famed for maintaining one of the best junior cricket structures in the world.

The 2016 tour kicks off in the southern part of Sri Lanka where the beautiful and historical Galle Cricket Stadium is located. Then the kids will travel up to central hills to face the best of the Kandy schools. The 2 day games are all slated to be worked off in Kandy amidst the pleasant weather conditions which prevail in the hill country. Cricket in Kandy is famous for producing many top class players including the SpinKing Muthiah Muralidharan and the Great Kumar Sangakkara. The Academy’s youngsters will be fortunate to pit their skills against both St. Anthony’s College and Trinity College which produced ‘Murali’ and ‘Sanga’respectively. The final leg of the tour will culminate with matches in the commercial capital Colombo where the kids will compete against quality opposition at first class venues or top level school grounds.A Grand Gala Dinner and award presentation will herald the end of the tour on 15th July 2016. The Management of the Academy has planned to invite a number of former and current Sri Lankan Internationals to grace this occasion and mingle with the kids.

The Founder and Head Coach of Desert Cubs – Presley Polonnowita is thankful to itsmain sponsors Dubai Duty Free and Matco Packaging LLC for coming forward to support the Academy’s activities year after year and for their continued support and commitment without which the success of these tours would not have been a reality.

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