Javed Omar, Khaled Mashud, Ashley de Silva, Habibul Bashar and Sanwar Hossain in Kuala Lumpur, May 2011

Five Test cricketers, three national captains and several other international players took part in the latest ACC Level II Coaching Course in Kuala Lumpur in May. Bangladesh’s Habibul Bashar, Sanwar Hossain, Khaled Mashud, Javed Omar were in Malaysia, along with Sri Lanka’s current Manager of Cricket Operations Ashley de Silva. National cricketers from Bahrain, Iran, Malaysia, Maldives, Nepal, Saudi Arabia, Singapore and Thailand along with coaches from Bhutan, China, Korea (by special invitation) and Qatar were also among the 33 attendees. “These coaches are some of the strongest coaching candidates we have seen in an ACC course and I was impressed by their abilities,” says ACC Development Manager Bandula Warnapura.

The Level II aspirants were taken through their paces by the ACC’s Aminul Islam, Rumesh Ratnayake and Iqbal Sikander along with independently-contracted coach Alan Campbell.

Aminul Islam, Iqbal Sikander and Rumesh Ratayake at Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur

“Working with old team-mates and colleagues was an exciting thing and what was even more rewarding was to see the level of enthusiasm and ability in the younger coaches coming up,” says Aminul Islam.

It is expected that every coach will have a direct influence on 20 cricketers a year back in their home countries and will be moulding talents for many years to come. “Level II in cricket coaching means that a coach is moving beyond the basic techniques of cricket and helping a cricketer express their abilities in the most effective and efficient way possible. Level II is a rich and rewarding qualification and is a very useful thing to have for coaches in Affiliate and Associate countries,” says Ganesan Sundarammoorthy ACC Development Programs Co-ordinator.

Playing cricket at the highest level is challenging as is guiding others on the way to achieve their highest aspirations. What distinguishes these cricket coaches is not only their ability and work-rate but their attitude: they would be happy if any of their pupils were to surpass their own on-field achievements.

Asian Cricket Council Development Program

Filed June 2nd, 2011