|Iqbal Sikander with course participants
ACC Development Officer Iqbal Sikander spent a week in Iran where the Iran Cricket Federation (ICF) conducted their first Level I coaching course.
The Level I coaching course, held in Tehran, consisted of 23 participants from different regions in Iran. Mr. Sikander was assisted by Kambiz Rana, a local ACC Level I coach, and Ms. Minoo Hamdollahzadeh, in translating the lectures into Farsi with the course focussing on the basics of batting, bowling, fielding and wicket-keeping. All the participants were either ex-players, school teachers or Federation employees interested in growing their knowledge of the sport.
“All of them are very enthusiastic about cricket and majority of the coaches at the course were ladies; 15 out of the 23. The officials too are very keen to develop the game in Iran and I have given the participants drills to work on but I soon hope to provide them with training videos so that they can watch and learn from them,” said Mr. Sikander.
The development of cricket in Iran “may be slow”, according to Mr. Sikander, “but it is still a new sport and they have taken to it well. There is a lack of a lot of things like equipment, grounds and coaches and one positive is that the government is now supporting them,” he added. The ICF have been given grounds for practice in Tehran, Zahedan, Chabahar and Konarak. Previously the ACC, through the Pakistan Cricket Board, had sent a lady coach
to Iran but now the ICF are looking for a permanent coach for the men’s and women’s squads.
“Recently the ICF received three Astroturf pitches from the ACC. A large amount of equipment has to be given them because their numbers are growing by the day,” said Mr. Sikander.
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