ACC Development Officer for Bhutan Rumesh Ratnayake has completed his second ACC Level I Coaching Course. He took 13 coaches from Thimphu, Paro, Wangdue and Sarpang Districts through the program in August, reporting approvingly of the calibre of candidates. “They were a mix of national players and PE teachers, and I think they’ll have a good influence on cricket in Bhutan,” says the former international fast bowler.

It is estimated that a beginners level coach can positively influence 20 players a year if they are able to spend 100 hours with them. This is the second ACC Level I course of its kind in Bhutan, following the one in May 2012. “The players who are doing the coaching get their technical knowledge refreshed and relearn some things themselves which help them play better. The important thing is that the coaches get the time with the youngsters and get them playing correctly in the schools,” says Rumesh.

Playing surfaces are rare in Bhutan, what there are small, artificial, unkempt, sometimes all three. “Which is why having a solid technique is so important as a batsman, and having the ability to bowl with skill and variety is so vital,” he adds.

Level I Coach Educators Damber Singh Gurung along with Ugyen Dorji and former national captain Tshering Dorji were on hand to assist Rumesh during the four day course. “With Bhutan being such a small country, what these coaches go on to do over the next few years will play its part in the fortunes of the national youth and senior teams,” says the Sri Lankan coach.

Bhutan Cricket Profile

Filed September 2nd, 2013