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Ex-national cricketers opting for coaching as profession

MD ABU TALHA SARKER, DHAKA
Ex-national cricketers opting 
for coaching as profession

The purview of cricket in Bangladesh has expanded with the pace of its progress, creating a new opening: cricket coaching. It has already drawn the attention of national players to take it as a profession before and after the end of their cricketing career.

Capitalising the interest of the players, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) Games Development has offered local players, irrespective of the level—national, premier, third division and other levels—to do the cricket course of the Levels-1 and 2.

Some of the well-known national players (men and women) have recently enlisted for the coaching course to become coaches before ending their cricket career, along with some former and fringe national players.

More than 28 players including 16 former and current men and two women national players have enrolled for the Level-1 coaching course conducted by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) Games Development.

The experienced left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak, whose bowling mojo remains intact, enabling him to fool batsmen with his sheer spin and continuously take wickets so much so that he surpassed the 400-wicket mark recently.

They are on a long list along with batsman Shahriar Nafees, spin all-rounder Suhrawardi Shuvo, pace all-rounder Ziaur Rahman, all-rounder Nayeem Islam and spinner Elias Sunny among the well-known national players.

Even Bangladesh women’s team ace all-rounder Salma Khatun and fast bowler Jahanara Alam have also enlisted their names for the coaching course to become coaches at the end of their cricket career.

Former fast bowlers Nazmul Hossain, Syed Rasel, Robiul Islam Shiplu, Mohammad Shorif, Dollar Mahmud along with Mahbubul Alam Robin, Sajal Chowdhury and Sajid Hasan are also on the list.

Of them, Nazmul Hossain and Dollar Mahmud have already started coaching with no formal coaching experience. Nazmul did his job for the Legends of Rupganj and Dollar for Mohammedan Sporting Club as fast bowling coach in the ongoing Dhaka Premier League (DPL), a List-A cricket tournament of the country.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) recently appointed former fast-bowler Talha Jubair, Faisal Hossain Dickens and Khaled Mashud Pilot as coach for their development programme. Talha worked for Dhaka Dynamites in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) as its fast bowling coach under Khaled Mahmud Sujon before joining Shinepukur Cricket Club as head coach.

Dickens, on the other hand, works as a deputy of Sujon for Abahani Limited. Aftab Ahmed went to Legends of Rupganj from the Mohammedan Sporting Club as its head coach. Nasir Uddin Faruque was engaged by Uttara Sporting Club as an assistant coach, and Alamgir Kabir is in the Prime Bank Cricket Club as its bowling coach.

Meanwhile, batsman Aminul Islam Bulbul and bowler Manjurul Islam have earned a name and fame by coaching abroad. Manjurul currently is coaching Mohammedan in DPL.

The module of the Level-1 coaching course includes theoretical matters that will be taught at the lecture hall of the BCB-National Cricket Academy (NCA) in the morning session. It will then be demonstrated in the field in the evening session.

About the course, Rashed Iqbal, games and development administrator of BCB Games Development, said that the Level-1 coaching course had been well devised with the basic theoretical and practical aspects, beside the biomechanical issues.

“Even though we can conduct Level-1 and 2 courses here in Bangladesh, there is no arrangement for the Level-3 course in the country. One has to go abroad to do the course,” said Rashed Iqbal, who did his Level-3 course from Cricket Australia as the first Bangladeshi.

The Level-1 coaching course will be conducted by BCB’s Development coach Champaka Ramanayaka along with local coaching staffs including Waheedul Ghani, Dipu Roy Choudhury, Emdadul Haque, Mizanur Rahman Babul, Sohel Islam, Golam Murtaza and AEM Kawsar.

Rashid said that they had plans to start the course on April 28 in the aftermath of the Dhaka Premier League (DPL). They had even discussed with the Bangladesh head coach, Steve Rhodes, along with the other foreign coaching staff so that they could join and take one more classes if they were available.

But now they are to start the course in the first week of May, as they want to continue it without break. May 1 is a holiday, so it will begin after May 1.

 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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