Aminul Islam at the latest ACC Level I coaching course in Malaysia

He’s just returned from Malaysia and Singapore where he conducted Level I Courses and Aminul Islam is very encouraged by what he’s seen. “Cricket is improving in these countries because of the coaches who are coming up,” he says, “the course participants were focussed and disciplined and all the right questions were asked. The benefits are going to become apparent.”

Aminul was in Singapore first, taking 22 made up of eight coaches, eight players (including three in the national women’s squad) and six parents of players through the Level I. The parents came as part of Singapore’s Discovery Program and are being trained to teach their children the basics of cricket, just like the other coaches. “With the Development Manager Bandula Warnapura’s support, we’ve decided to include some practical information on field-settings and basic captaincy and on-field activities. We’ve found that with so many ‘students’ of the game, literally, among Asian Level I coaches, who are often school teachers, that the actual practicalities of what they need to do and be on the first few occasions they step on the field has not been known,” says the ACC Development Officer. Helping Aminul in Singapore to this end was umpiring guru Sarika Prasad, and national team captain Saad Janjua (for bowling) and all-rounder Chetan Suryawanshi (batting).

The Singapore Level I coaching course candidates and tutors

Moving on to Malaysia, Aminul again had a fertile troop of candidates to work with. “It is always good to see people from East Malaysia in our courses in Kuala Lumpur. They produce good cricketers in the absence of any grounds and if there was a better ‘bridge’ between Peninsular and East Malaysia, the country’s cricket as a whole would improve, the cricketers of East Malaysia have a raw brilliance, which if channelled will be a huge asset,” adds the former Bangladesh international who has been Malaysia’s ACC Development Officer for the past three years. Malaysia’s national coach Roy Dias was on hand to run the batting module and ECB-qualified Level II coach Bilal and ACC-qualified Level III coach and former Malaysian national fast bowler Muniandy also assisted.

Roy Dias in demonstration mode at the Kinrara Oval
In Malaysia, with more actual cricketers in the Level I course, Aminul could spend more time in the field at the Kinrara Oval, and had the benefit of being able to work in daylight sunshine, the Singaporeans attending the evening-program at the Kallang after work. After conducting a score or so of these kinds of courses for the ACC, Aminul feels he’s enjoyed these two courses the most, “there was always a two-way communication between me and the candidates, they showed a lot of interest and knowledge, and all those who learn cricket from them will benefit.”

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Filed December 5th, 2012