Greg Chappell says Australia needs to find another champion
Now ODIs will turn into T20 mockery. I understand ODIs are very predictable, tend to get boring etc. But converting them into 4 T20 innings should not be the solution.
Its interesting that almost every cricketer worth their salt says Test cricket is the ultimate, but no one talks about how to improve it and how to get the next generation of cricketers ready for the longer format of the game. How about having 2-3 Day matches at international level ?
USA’s coach education has been aligned with West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) coaching programs and levels.
Following the first Level 1 classes in USA held in 2009, our region has seen a dramatic rise in the number of qualified coaches. But over the last year, Level 1 coaches who have been pondering Level 2 certification have not had any options.
Now finally, thanks to the initiative of USACA’s North West Region, WICB Coaching instructors will visit the San Francisco Bay Area to conduct Level 2 certification classes. Wendell Coppin, the ICC Americas Regional Development Officer will lead the instruction and he will be assisted by another instructor from WICB. ICC Americas will absorb a portion of the cost associated with the program.
Participants must still pay $750 in fees, which will be used to cover expenses for the second instructor including air fare, hotel, daily allowance, facility rental, and other arrangements. The North West Region is hopeful of breaking even on this initiative, which is hugely beneficial to the further development of cricket in the region.
“NWR board met on 09/15/2011 and agreed to go ahead with Level 2 coaching opportunity presented to us by WICB on behalf of ICC.. This is rare opportunity by any measure and can be very fulfilling, rewarding and lucrative for accomplished individuals,” Mr. Hemant Buch, Chairman of the North West Region wrote in an email yesterday.
“We should consider ourselves very fortunate to have this course in our region. We certified 27 individuals as Level 1 coach couple of years ago from Western Region and this time we expect to have at least 10-12 from Northwest region and others from outside the region”, Mr. Buch noted. The region has received indications of interest from two participants on the east coast and several overseas Level 1 coaches as well. ”My goal is to have as many certified coaches as we can at the highest possible level who have also played good level of cricket manage selection and coaching in our region and for USACA. Certification level should be one of the criteria in addition to level of cricket and coaching experience when appointments are made,” Mr. Buch emphasized.
In order to participate, candidates must be holders of a Level 1 certificate for 12 months. Holders of Level 2 for two years can aspire for Level 3 provided they have also worked in a high performance environment such as a national team or a county team equivalent for a year.
The course will expose the participants to the latest methods in coaching cricket. At the end of this course, participants should be able to work on own, or with other coaching staff, to plan and implement individual and team preparation programs for senior club and regional representative teams. Following are the objectives of the Level 2 program:
1. Candidates should be able to coach all cricket disciplines effectively.
2. Use skill acquisition, assessment and analytical methodologies to improve techniques and skills.
3. Develop and promote relationships that are conducive to the technical and personal development of young
cricketers and coaches.
4. Effectively liaise with administrators, media, players and all other relevant stakeholders to enhance
understanding the infrastructural needs of the game.
5. Design cricket training programs and engender fitness and conditioning culture among young cricketers.
Course dates: October 16 - entire day starting at 9.00AM, October 17-21 – evenings from 6PM to 9.30PM, October 22 - full day. Dinner will be provided on weekdays. Lunch will be provided on October 16th and 22nd.
Cost: $750 participation fees. Checks should be made payable to USACA (NWR) and mailed to Chandrasekhar Tirumurthy, 13154 GlenBrae Drive, Saratoga, CA 95070. North West Region will help negotiate competitive hotel rates at the Hilton Garden Inn, Cupertino, California for individuals willing to participate. The nearest airport is San Jose. For more info, please contact email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here is a detailed course structure:
Module 1: Role of the Coach – Integrated Practice, Player & Team Management & Planning
Module 2: Skill Acquisition
Module 3: Presentation skills – How to coach?
Module 4: Science for cricket video analysis
Module 5: Injury prevention and management
Module 6: Pace bowling
Module 7: Advance fielding
Module 8: Net coaching management
Module 9: Batting
Module 10: Spin bowling
Module 11: Wicket keeping
Module 12: Training options – Preparing to win
Module 13: Selection process
Module 14: Cricket in the mind
Morning: Physical fitness
Noon: Healthy lifestyle and nutrition
USA’s Under-15 squad claimed first place on Saturday at the 2011 ICC Americas U-15 Northern Division Tournament held at Assiniboine Park in Winnipeg, Canada. USA started off the tournament with back-to-back wins against Bermuda and Canada and eventually won the tournament on a net run-rate tiebreaker after all three teams finished 2-2 in the double round-robin format event.
“It feels great. It’s amazing,” USA U-15 captain Dave Parikh said. “This is just the second time I’ve been captain of a team and we came through. We were the underdogs in this tournament and coming up through the top is great.”
Parikh was named Tournament MVP after leading his side with seven wickets while giving away a tournament low 2.63 runs per over. He was the team second-highest scorer with 108 runs, including 67 not out in a victory over Canada, one of four half-centuries scored by USA. He was one of six players on the team who also represented the North West U-15 squad at the 2011 USACA U-15 National Tournament, where the North West took their fourth straight U-15 national championship after a dramatic five-run win against New York in the final, something that Parikh feels helped prepare players for success in Winnipeg.
“The most important thing I learned from that match was to have faith in your players and to never give up,” Parikh said. “I honestly thought that match was finished, that New York would have won the match, but we came through.”
Vibhav Altekar, who scored a double-hundred for North West in the national tournament last month, led USA with 140 runs from four innings with one half-century to finish second overall behind Canada’s Abrash Khan. Neil Tagare, another player selected from the North West region, turned in the highest individual score for any player at the event with 79 against Bermuda. Another noteworthy performer for USA was Michigan’s Gordon Makin, who made a superb 65 in a loss to Bermuda.
Khan and Gayan Ferdinands stood out as ones to watch in the future for Canada with Ferdinands taking a tournament-high 12 wickets. Bermuda’s Delray Rawlins also showed excellent all-rounds skills at the top of the batting order along with his left-arm orthodox spin.
At the same U-15 tournament in 2009, Steven Taylor and Nitish Kumar captained the USA and Canada squads respectively. Both players have gone on to excel at the U-19 level and have also played for their country’s senior teams. Parikh says he’s gained confidence from being part of a winning squad for USA and hopes he might be able to progress in the same way.
“After coming off as the underdogs and winning this, I feel like I have a strong future in cricket,” Parikh said. “I think that I should really put some effort in for the Under-19s, try out, play my hardest and really see what I can do for that team.”