At The Kallang with the Singapore fast men

ACC Development Officer Rumesh Ratnayake has been working with a batch of Malaysian and Singaporean fast bowlers. The national team and emerging group of players worked with the former Sri Lankan pace-bowler over a period of days in preparation for their international tournaments. "We're all looking for those extra one-percenters," says Rumesh, "the little things that make a difference over the course of a 120- or 300-ball match." Malaysia won Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 4 after Rumesh’s visit, a tournament in which Singapore finished second after themselves winning the ACC Elite League directly after their fast-bowling camp.

During his time as an ACC Development Officer Rumesh has been seconded as coach of an Asia XI and the Sri Lankan national team. Rumesh’s time in Malaysia and Singapore was spent working with batches of six to ten bowlers on “match scenarios, decision-making drills, one-on-ones on tactical rather than technical matters,” he says. “Knowing what kinds of deliveries to bowl after working out a pitch, a batsman and the condition of the ball, these are the extras that all add to a bowler’s performance,” explains Rumesh. “It was good to see the performance of Malaysia and Singapore in Division 4, however the bowlers will need more fitness and a proper training schedule before Division 3 in October because that tournament will be even tougher,” he adds.

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Filed July 16th, 2014