ACC Development Officer Aminul Islam was in Myanmar last month to conduct a Level '0' coaching course designed to increase the basic understanding of cricket. 60 school-teachers from Taunggyi (the fourth largest town in the country) and Yangon attended.

"The MCF (Myanmar Cricket Federation) has only two Level I coaches active in the whole country now. They move around school to school to teach cricket. This is obviously very troublesome and ineffective for a country where cricket is very new," says Aminul.

To address the above issue the ACC and MCF arranged the Level ‘0’ course for primary- and secondary-school teachers. Thirty school teachers attended at both Taunggyi and Yangon. “The teachers did well. They have the potential to be good cricket coaches,” says Aminul, “Their progress has to be monitored by MCF.”

Teaching the teachers in Taunggyi

During his time in Myanmar Aminul Islam, along with the Myanmar Cricket Federation President U Nyunt Win, met with the Ambassadors to Myanmar from Bangladesh and Pakistan. Pakistan is already assisting with the development of hockey in Myanmar and HE Mr. Khalilullah Qazi showed interest in helping Myanmar cricket as well. The Bangladesh Cricket Board provided the services of Nazmul Abedeen as national coach for Myanmar’s first international tournament, the 2006 ACC Trophy, and may in turn do something similar again.

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Country Profile: Myanmar

Filed August 15, 2008