ACC Development Officer for Iran Iqbal Sikander was in Tehran in May, conducting a Level I coaching course and to meet officials of the Iran Cricket Association “to find out,” he says, “the progress they have made since his last visit,”eighteen months ago. The course was conducted at Azadi Stadium where twenty four coaches from fifteen different cities participated.

“The standard of coaches was better than the previous one,” says Iqbal. “all the coaches participated with a lot of enthusiasm and worked hard to learn the skills.” The candidates were aged between 18 and 35 and made up of school-teachers and former national athletes. Iqbal was assisted by four ACC certified Level II coaches Mozhdeh Bavanpour, Monir Habibi, Nargis Lafooti and Yousuf Raisie along with their national coach Mahmood Rashid. Since most of the participants could not speak English, the local coaches helped Iqbal in translating the lectures into Farsi. “All the five coaches have done a tremendous job in assisting me in ensuring that this course was a success,” says Iqbal.

The new nets at Azadi Stadium, Tehran

Prior to embarking on the sessions of ‘the role of a coach’, game sense, batting, bowling, fielding and wicket keeping skills, the participants helped put the finishing touches on the newly refurbished nets and practice area at the Azadi stadium. Iqbal reports that “the participants were also given the flavour of practical game sense drills which they enjoyed tremendously. They also had the opportunity to play Kwik Cricket with plastic equipment which would help them when they coach cricket at school.” The participants from the towns where cricket is a new sport were given some equipment, from the batch provided 18 months ago by the ACC, to take back with them.

From left to right, Messrs. Alipoor, Heidari and Sikander in the Iran Cricket Association’s office in Tehran

15 of the participants achieved pass marks in this Level I course and following its completion Iqbal met with the ICA President Afshin Heidari. Cricket is currently played in18 towns and cities in Iran. Also at the meeting was Mr. Alipoor who heads a sporting body responsible for 16 different sports and he told Iqbal that cricket has made impressive progress and that “he would look into the possibility of providing more support to the Iran Cricket Association.”

Iran Cricket Profile

Filed May 30th, 2013