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Cricket Academy of Pathans is an institute born out of a simple thought of 'giving back' and is all set to revolutionise the standards of coaching and development of cricket in India. After their notable contribution over the years to Indian cricket, the Pathan brothers now intend to eradicate the one major hurdle in the path of churning out talented cricketers from India: lack of proper coaching. Since only the best can promisingly turn out the best, CAP also has on board, Greg Chappell and Cameron Tradell, the renowned coaches from Australia, as the chief mentors of CAP.


Realising the need of the hour, that is, to strengthen the 'backbone' of cricket: coaching, CAP aims to tackle this problem on two levels: 'Coaching the Coaches’ and 'Coaching the Kids'. While the academy will train the interested coaches in the skills, these coaches will in turn train the aspiring kids. Both Mr Chappell and Mr Tradell have curated the CAP curriculum and the focus will also be on the nutrition and the physical development of the kids, hence providing a wholesome training experience.


Armed with a strong curriculum and some of the best from the cricket world, the Pathan brothers promise to polish the future of the Indian Cricket with their ground breaking initiative!





Irfan Pathan


Yusuf Pathan


Greg Chappell MBE

Chief Mentor

Cameron Tradell


Irfan Pathan born on 27 October 1984 made his debut for India in the 2003/04 Border-Gavaskar Trophy, and has been a core member of the Indian national team.


Beginning his career as a fast-medium swing and seam bowler, Pathan broke into the national team soon after turning 19. He was named by the ICC as the 2004 Emerging Player of the Year. He was instrumental in India's One-day international and Test series wins in Pakistan in 2004. In late 2004 he took 18 wickets in two Test matches against Bangladesh


Irfan improved his batting skills and tried to become a complete bowling all-rounder. He opened the batting on occasions in ODIs and scored 93 in a Test match (10 Dec 2005, versus Sri Lanka in Delhi). He scored above 80 thrice, in space of four Test innings against Sri Lanka and Pakistan. He rose to No. 2 in the ICC's ODI rankings for all-rounders and was also in the top five in the Test rankings.


In early 2006, he became the only bowler to take a Test hat-trick in the first over of the match against Pakistan at Karachi.


Irfan was a part of the Indian team in September 2007 for the inaugural World Twenty20 Cup, where he took three wickets and was man of the match as India beat Pakistan in the historic finals.


He started his Indian Premier League career for the Kings XI Punjab and was picked as an all-rounder in the 2008 auction for USD 925,000. Pathan played the dual role of being their strike bowler with his swing and seam movement that he purchased off the wicket in the initial overs. He also came back towards the end of the innings to bowl those Yorkers and the slower ones with efficiency. He was at the peak of his performance and career during his stay with the KXIP and was the leading wicket taker for them with 47 wickets in 42 games during the first three seasons.


Irfan was then bought in by the Delhi Daredevils for $ 1.8million. He ensured that his tenure of three years with the Delhi Daredevils was fruitful enough, by adding a few more variations to his bowling arsenal and taking 29 wickets. He also played a few cameos, and scored 468 runs for the DD. He was, on a few occasions, pushed higher up the order by the team management on number three position. He also finished some batting lower down the order, playing apt for his tag of 'all-rounder.'


The Sun Risers Hyderabad mentored by Indian batting legend VVS Laxman, recognised his vitality for the balance of the squad and availed Irfan Pathan’s services for INR 2,40,00,000.


In the 8 seasons the India all-rounder has played 98 matches in the IPL and has taken 80 wickets at an economy of 7.75 which is pretty decent as per the T20 standards. At the same time he has scored 1126 runs with the willow with a strike rate of 121. Over the years Irfan has built for himself, the reputation of being an overall package for the team and fits in various roles with the bat and the ball. His experience enables him to handle extreme pressure situations with utmost composure, that takes his stake a notch higher, as an asset to the team.


Known for his sledge hammer batting, the 32 year old right handed batsman made his domestic debut in the year1999-2000. His stellar performance during the under-16 Vijay Merchant Trophy matches saw his stardom climb to the heights of the Baroda under-19 and West Zone Under-19 teams. Having made his Ranji Debut in 2001-02 season, he was Baroda’s fourth highest scorer and third highest wicket taker by the year 2004-2005.


Yusuf was part of the Indian team at the inaugural ICC T -20 World Cup 2007 that was held in South Africa. His Twenty20 International debut came in the form of scoring the opening 15 runs with one of them being an out of space sixer against Pakistan in the final. His consistent performance during the IPL secured him a position in the Indian One Day Team.He then became a regular feature in the Indian team. Along the way, he was also selected to play for many International Cups as a part of the Indian Team. He impressed many during the England ODIseries. Scoring a fifty off just 29 balls during the second ODI, it was a very happy Birthday for the player who turned 26 that day.


During the finals of the Duleep Trophy cricket tournament in 2010, Pathan led his team West Zone to a win over South Zone with a hundred in the first innings and a double hundred in the second. This earned his team the record of highest successful run chase in cricket history.With that amazing win came many more. On the 7th of December, Yusuf led India to a 5 wicket win with an aggressive beat down of 123 runs from 96 balls against New Zealand. Sharing an unbroken 133 partnership with Saurabh Tiwary and landing a target of 316, he was awarded the man of the match. He received praises galore for this spectacular performance which is still talked about today.


During the MTN ODI series against South Africa he gave an outstanding performance by scoring 105 from 70 balls. Having scored a century off 68 balls, he is the sixth fastest Indianplayer to do so and second fastest by an Indian outside the subcontinent.


Yusuf was an integral part of Team India in the historic 10th ICC Cricket World Cup 2011. India were declared the World Cup winners, its second World Cup victory, having previously won in 1983


After a good season in 2007-08, he was signed for USD 475,000 by the Rajasthan Royals. He scored 435 and took 8 wickets during the inaugural 2008 IPL season and recorded the fastest half century against Deccan Charges. Yusuf also scored the fastest IPL century in just 37 balls against the Mumbai Indians in 2010.


He became the Vice Captain of the Rajasthan Royals during the third edition of the IPL and was bought by the Kolkata Knight Riders for USD 2.1 million during the 2011 IPL auction. A very well invested amount considering that they ended up winning the IPL twice with Yusuf’s fastest 50 in IPL history in a mere 15 balls in 2014 IPL season.

Greg played 87 test matches and captained Australia 48 times. He retired from test cricket in January 1984 as the highest run-getter in Australian test history (7,110) surpassing the previous record held by Sir Donald Bradman (6,996). This milestone was achieved in his last test appearance at the Sydney Cricket Ground, where he also set a new catching record for fieldsmen (122).


At his retirement, Greg also held the record for Australia for the most runs (380) scored in a single test match. His total of 4 double centuries in test cricket was second only to Sir Donald Bradman, for Australia, and he is the only Australian batsman since the Second World War to have scored a century before lunch in a Test match. He is the only test captain ever to have achieved that feat


He is also the only Australian to score a century in each innings of a test match on two occasions and the only test captain to make a century in each innings of his first test as a captain. By scoring 182 in his last test innings Greg became the only test cricketer in history to score a century in his first and last test innings.


Greg was honoured by the Queen in 1979 with an MBE for services to cricket, was named Wisden Leading Cricketer of the Year in 1979 and was inducted into the Australian Sport Hall of Fame in December 1986. In December 2000 he was named in the Australian Test Team of the Century, in February 2002 he was inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame and in January 2003 was named Australia's Fourth best cricketer ever, after Sir Donald Bradman, Shane Warne and Keith Miller. Greg was awarded an Australian Centenary Medal in May 2003 and was named in the best Australian One-Day team in March 2007.


Since his retirement from cricket, Greg has served as a Board member with the Australian Cricket Board and Queensland Cricket and has served as a member of the Australian Cricketers Association Executive. He also served as an Australian cricket selector for five years from 1984-89 and again in 2010-11. He has worked as a cricket commentator for Channel Nine, Optus Sports vision, World Tel, ESPN, bSKYb and ABC radio.


He Coached South Australia from 1998-2003 and was coach of the Indian National Cricket team from 2005-2007. Following his stint with India, Greg was the Director of Cricket at Rajasthan Cricket until June 2008 when Cricket Australia approached him to become head Coach at the Centre of Excellence. In ctober 2010 he was appointed as Cricket Australia’s National Talent Manager which included being the first full time selector.


Greg is also a best-selling author and in his spare time, is Patron of the LBW Trust ( lbwtrust.com.au ) and has been Patron of the Leukaemia Foundation of SA from 2000-2003, Trustee of the Leukaemia Foundation of Qld Capital Appeal from 1982-92 and a founding Board Member of the Leukaemia Foundation of NSW from 1995-96. He was also a Board Member of the Royal Brisbane Children's Hospital Foundation from 1980-92.


He is married with three adult children and has two grandchildren. He confines his active sporting interests to golf when he gets the opportunity. He is currently based in Brisbane.

Cameron grew up in Brisbane, Australia with two brothers and a neighbourhood full of kids of a vast variety of ages, where he learnt the basics of a plethora of sports and activities. He played regional representative levels of cricket and rugby league before going on to represent the City and then State (Queensland) in Rugby union in the under nineteenage group. Cameron also participated in competitive volleyball, squash, futsal and soccer, and is a black belt in karate.


Cameron worked in hotels but quickly moved into the trades and became a Plumber, Drainer and Gasfitter and worked for a company in Brisbane that he managed while he was still completing his apprenticeship. He went on to own his own Plumbing business for several years in Brisbane.


He has always coached, and has been involved with junior and senior soccer, rugby, martial arts and cricket. Cameron recognized the decline in standards of junior cricketers and consequently the significant drop in participation numbers. He moved to the Sunshine Coast in Queensland where he started to develop his cricket coaching tools and philosophy.


He initially developed a bat to help young players see the value to hitting "straight" and encourage them to "hit in the V". The Sweet "V" was developed and was incorporated into coaching sessions. He then went about developing an entire cricket coaching system that had an underpinning philosophy of intrinsically motivating people to play and remain in the game by creating fun, safe learning environments. Each session asked a question, coaching to the requirements, needs and ability of players and developing their mind and capability through task extension, rather than by a generic textbook "one technique fits all" attitude.


Cameron met Greg Chappell during this time and they started to work together to develop a holistic approach to player/team development. Cameron consults throughout Australia and the East Asia Pacific and has been involved in the development, delivery and up-skilling deliverers of nationally delivered programs. He deliverers coach the coaches and train the trainer sessions throughout Australia and the East Asia Pacific. He has appeared on television, radio and the print media. Michael Jeh, a blog writer on a major web based cricket site wrote the following of Cameron’s coaching ability and philosophy.


"I watched him coach my 7-year-old son, listened to the way he simplified everything down to the most basic level and then saw some amazing results within the hour! It humbled me that there are coaches who come to the game with no great reputations as elite players themselves but still manage to cut through to young kids."


"The truth is that I've never heard anybody else quite communicate with young children like he did."

"In one hour, Cameron made more progress than I was able to achieve in three years."

Cameron is married and currently resides in Melbourne.