Malaysia's national captain Ahmad Faiz and A Team and U-19 coach Thushara Kodikara have been selected for 'outstation' Kedah and Kuching to conduct high performance coaching programs. They are working to identify the most talented U-19s from these states to bring them into a national Development Squad. "These are players who have performed in the state competitions, from U-16 level onwards," says Malaysian Cricket Association's Development Manager Dinesh Muthuraman, "they will be in a one-year program for improvement and given every chance to develop as players."

Thushara Kodikara is former player and coach of Malaysia’s senior and U-19 squads who is currently the full-time coach at the National Development Centre at Bukit Jalil Sports School on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, where some of the most talented athletes in Malaysia develop their abilities. The Malaysian Cricket Association (MCA) will “provide the services of their panel of accredited coaches to any of its Affiliate or Associate Member that needs high performance coaching.” Kuching in east Malaysia and Kedah in peninsular Malaysia are the first of several states that will be receiving the benefits of the MCA Development and Coaching Program. The program grooms talent of 12-year olds and upwards and a number of former players with coaching programs are, and will be, involved. The Faculty of Sports Science of the Sultan Idris Education University (UPSI) in Perak will be conducting bio-mechanics testing to further improve individual player performance.

Kodi celebrates a Malaysia victory

The pathway for home-grown talent in Malaysia is school cricket leads to state cricket leads to Development Squad, A Team and national team cricket. Former national captain Suresh Navaratnam is the Development Squad coach and will be running a Fast Bowlers camp later in the year. Ahmad Faiz himself is a product of Bukit Jalil Sports School and is a Level II coach.

Ahmad Faiz, 317 runs at 63.40 during a Pepsi ICC World Cricket League event earlier this year

“Faiz is in fact very keen and enthusiastic in going about his duties as a High Performance Coach. Being the National Captain, he is a role model who can motivate upcoming juniors to excel in their game,” say the MCA, “having undergone training sessions under many different national coaches has given him the advantage as well as knowledge to assist players improve their technical and tactical skills.” In an expanding and ambitious program for development, Malaysia’s aim is also to harness current and former players as coaches in the mode of Hong Kong and Singapore, providing as direct a connection as possible for player development.

Malaysia Cricket Profile

Filed June 6th, 2014