ACC Development Officer for Nepal Rumesh Ratnayake was in Kathmandu at the start of November for the first ever Fast Bowling Camp to be held in the country. 17 aspiring fast bowlers, among them Rubina Chhetri the national women’s captain, took part, some of them as young as 16. “Nepal’s not traditionally been a home for fast bowlers but there’s some decent talent here and our hope is that they perform to the best of their ability,” says Rumesh.

During the camp Rumesh was assisted by Binod Das and Paras Khadka, no mean pace-bowlers themselves for the national team, as well as current women’s team coach Samson Jung Thapa, Manjoor Alam Khan and Raman Shiwakoti. “There was a lot of emphasis on proper training techniques, on the mechanics of fast-bowling and the ‘working out of batsmen,” says the former fast-bowler Rumesh. Writing in from Nepal, Paras Khadka says “the Bowling Camp went fantastic. The results will only come out in the future but the prospects are all young and looking sharp. We can build upon these youngsters and in time they will develop into genuine quickies provided they follow the norms and routine and of course work hard. Everyone went through video analysis which showed them their strengths and flaws and it was a great insight for most of these youngsters who had never seen themselves bowl.”

The ACC Development Officer’s assessment of the Fast Bowling Camp he played a big part in putting together: “The ball has to be seen as a weapon in the hands of a fast bowler, one that is always directed at the batsman in a way to take wickets or assert themselves. Too often I see a bowler just running up to bowl with no real plan and all manner of technical problems. I’m glad I got to spend some time with these young bowlers at a formative stage and I hope they can carry forward the work put in. It’s hard at this level to duplicate the intensity of top-level international cricketers but it’s all about being the best you can be for yourself and for your team. A lot of responsibility lies with the local coaches in developing the cricketers and keeping them as injury-free as possible. Given what I’ve seen here in Nepal there’s a good chance that more like Binod Das and Paras Khadka will come through, and that’s going to call for a lot of hard work and application.”

Nepal Cricket Profile

Filed November 8th, 2012