Phil Mustard joins the ICA

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Phil Mustard, a former white ball international for England, has joined the International Cricketers Association as part of its coaching and management team.
A wicket-keeper batsman, with a keen eye for destroying the bowling, Mustard, 35, played most of his professional career with Durham before joining Gloucestershire in 2016.
A natural enthusiast as well as a fine cricketer, Mustard, nicknamed ‘the Colonel,’ after the character in the board game Cluedo, is passionate about developing young talent and moulding the next generation of professional cricketers.
Having recently attended an ICA talent hunt at Trent Bridge with former Leicestershire spinner, Carl Crowe, Mustard praised the standard of talent on display.
It’s been very, very positive, said Mustard. There was a lot of kids there who are really, really good. 
There’s big demand for left-arm seamers in top-level cricket at the moment and I saw six in that one session alone who have great skills. I also saw a nine-year old spinner with huge potential so its been a fantastic opportunity for me to see the talent available and to pass some of those names on to the counties. Because, ultimately, that’s where we want to put these kids.
Coaching and the development of talent is something Mustard plans move into once he is finished playing, which makes his appointment by ICA a shrewd one.

Joining ICA is a great opportunity for me to work with young talent, said Mustard. With bigger coaching sessions planned around the country, it gives us the chance to get one or two of ICA’s Academy players into County cricket – which is what we are trying to achieve.

 

 
It would be a real positive if we could get players who haven’t really been part of a cricket club before to take that next step forward.

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