FORMER Zimbabwe Test captain Graeme Cremer has been appointed the director of Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Rajasthan Royals Academy in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
In a bid to continue with their commitment to discovering talent, harnessing potential, and championing dreams, Rajasthan Royals will officially launch the academy this coming Monday.
This will be the franchise’s first academy in the Middle East and its second global cricket academy as Rajasthan Royals become the first IPL team to establish operations in the UAE.
The academy is another step taken by the franchise in establishing its global presence as a cricketing brand and promoting the sport around the world.
Cremer relocated to the UAE in January 2019 after deciding to end his international career with Zimbabwe to be close to his wife Merna, who is a pilot with Emirates Airlines.
The 34-year-old leg-spinner has 211 international wickets to his name after representing Zimbabwe in 19 Tests and 96 ODIs during a 14-year spell.
“The Rajasthan Royals’ UAE academy is being operated in partnership with UAE-based sports consulting firm RedBear Sports.
“Girls and boys aged six to 19 will be able to access world-class coaching, with participants having the option of choosing between one to one sessions, team sessions, or group sessions.
“All the sessions will take place under the guidance of academy director and former Zimbabwe captain…Cremer and his highly qualified coaching team,” Rajasthan Royals said in a statement yesterday.
Cremer and his academy protégées will be based at the The Sevens Stadium facility which is also the home of Emirates Airline’s Rugby 7s side.
The venue boasts three world-class ovals, two of which are floodlit, six floodlit turf nets and fully equipped changing rooms of the highest standards, suitable for participants of all ages.
Rajasthan Royals chief operating officer Jake Lush McCrum said they hope to unearth new talent from the huge pool in the UAE.
“We’re delighted to launch our first Royals academy in the UAE.
“The UAE is a modern hub for cricket, with players and teams from around the globe visiting due to its world-class infrastructure and facilities, such as those in the Sevens facility.
“The large subcontinent population makes it a great place for cricket to grow and expand and we are delighted to support in this process and to strengthen the already rapidly improving UAE national side,”McCrum said.