As far as seasoned coaches on the cricket circuit go, there aren’t many who boast a resume as impressive as that of Toby Radford. The former Middlesex batsman has held the assistant and batting coach positions for the West Indies among others in an extensive coaching career stretching to nearly two decades so far.
While he has also donned the head coach hat for Middlesex and Glamorgan, the crowning achievement of Radford’s coaching career remains West Indies’ triumph in the 2012 T20I World Cup. More recently in 2019, he was part of the Windies coaching staff during the side’s memorable Test series triumph over England in the Caribbean.
Jason Holder, Shai Hope, Nicholas Pooran and England’s Alex Hales are just some of the star names that have benefitted from Glamorgan native Radford’s guidance as a coach. Now, it is the turn of several youngsters in the UAE to make the most of Radford’s wisdom through a series of webinars being offered by Zurich International Life Limited in the Middle East.
With Radford on board, these free of cost webinars offer an enriching opportunity to cricket enthusiasts aged between 12 and 19. The hour-long sessions being held on a weekly basis are allowing budding cricketers from the UAE to hone their batting skills under the direct supervision of Radford.
Being held via video conferencing tools such as Zoom, the batting masterclass sees Radford bring the best of his batting coach expertise to the table. The junior cricketers are being given a chance to gain an insight into the makings of a successful batsman from Radford and the rest of the coaching staff.
With an emphasis on the fundamentals of batting, the masterclass goes a step further by stressing on the importance of individual styles and differences. Radford imparts this lesson by