AMINUL ISLAM: TOP STARTER

Which of the three countries is your foremost priority?

Obviously, China because of its scale and level of activity. I have conducted two courses there, a Level 0 and a Level 1 course. I’ve been to Brunei and they have a very good set-up and an upcoming program, so does Myanmar. In Myanmar the children are very enthusiastic and good. The communication in Myanmar is also a bit hard but the good thing about them is that they put in over a hundred percent in learning as well as playing.

In Myanmar, October 2007

Has the job lived up to your expectations?

It is a very special and exciting job. I get to go to the countries and see the development of the sport and I am grateful for this opportunity. Sometimes things happen on the field or in practice which just leave you admiring the ability and the potential to be really good cricketers that all these countries have.

How vital is the role which the ACC plays in the development of the game?

The way the ACC handles the various teams is good – there are the Test teams, the Elite and the Challenge. Therefore you can see a lot of cricket being played in Asia and the ACC’s operation is excellent. Almost all Asian countries take part in this game and the ACC looks after the development and education amongst the many other things. The bottom line is that the ACC is doing a great job growing the game all over. Even though there are still more Asian countries who have to become ACC members, it is only a matter of time before they join the list of cricketing nations.

With Chinese Cricket Association Secretary-General Liu Rongyao

You were a professional football player and then you got into cricket. What brought on the change in sport?

In school I used to play both football and cricket – football in the summer and cricket in winter. I was literally a 12-month player, playing in the first divisions for both sports. I actually had a serious knee ligament injury while I was playing football for the Victoria Sporting Club and was later selected to play for the cricket Youth World Cup held in Australia in 1988. I did not represent Bangladesh but was in the Asia XI. At that time my coach from Australia, Peter Spence, who was a top programmer from Victorian Institute of Sports, told me to concentrate only on cricket because I could play the game for a longer period of time and so from then on it was only cricket for me.

How bad was your injury and did it affect you in your playing career?

It did, but it didn’t affect my game very much. I had it right from the start of my career but I looked after it very carefully and only when I retired did I come to know that it was the ligaments were torn. When I started out it was only a partial tear but as I progressed in my cricketing career, there was more muscle tear. I was asked to do an operation but I did not go in for it because basically I had no time.  I was playing for the national team, as well as club cricket in England and Australia.

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