Lahore–15 March, 2013: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) gave a warm send-off to the participants of the Asian Cricket Council’s Level II Coaching Course Thursday (March 14, 2013) evening, with the Chairman PCB Ch. Zaka Ashraf hosting a dinner at the National Cricket Academy (NCA), Lahore.
The ACC Level II Coaching Course concluded at the NCA earlier Thursday. The facilitation and expertise for the high profile continental course were provided by the PCB; the six-day course ran from March 9 to 14.
Thanking the PCB at the dinner, Mr. Iqbal Sikandar, former Pakistan international who these days is associated with the ACC as its Development Officer, thanked the PCB Chairman for providing outstanding facilities and a great environment to the participants of the course.
The UAE representative of Indian origin, Viramoorty Sockalingam, expressed appreciation for the wonderful hospitality offered by the PCB. “Before coming to Pakistan I had some reservations but after visiting here, my perception about the country has completely changed. I felt very comfortable and secure in Lahore. It is a pity that international cricket is not being played in Pakistan, but I hope that it will soon return”.
The participant from Oman, Ms Vaishali Madhursinh Jesrani was all praise for the facilities at the NCA and said that the course will be a great help in her career.
In his address, the Chairman PCB urged the participants to take back home the positive message of goodwill from the Pakistanis. Ch. Zaka Ashraf also reassured the participants that the PCB will continue to play its role in the development of cricket worldwide, with particular emphasis on our region.
The participants were trained and educated in a diverse variety of subjects essential in grooming and training. Such as: Advanced Skills in Bowling, Batting, Fielding, Wicket Keeping; Athlete Preparation; Physical Fitness; Game Sense Training; Sports Nutrition; Biomechanics in Cricket and Sports Psychology during this endeavour.
The NCA Elite coaches and support staff conducted this course along with Mr Rumesh Ratnayake (former Sri Lankan Test cricketer, currently the ACC Course Presenter), Mr Amin ul Islam (former Bangladeshi Test cricketer, presently ACC Course Presenter), Mr. Iqbal Sikandar (former Pakistan international, currently the ACC Course Presenter).
Selected by the ACC, the following 25 coaches belonging to seven Asian nations – the UAE, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Iran and Afghanistan – attended this high profile coaching course:
Bacha Hussain, Sohail Shah, Sameer Nayak, Vaishali Jesrani, Soraya Soltaninejad, Diana Barakzai, Syed Jameel Zaidi, Vinod Arjunan, Bhavesh Mehta, Mohammad Naeem Jan, Abbas Saad Al-Nadwi, Jawed Noori, Mirza Mohsin Baig, Abdul Rehman, Raees Ahmadzai, Asghar Ali Raeisi, Mujahid Zadran, Hisham Mirza, Ayub Iqbal, Mohd Jahangir, Zahid Shah, Shahzada Saleem, Jagat Joshi, Sajit Kumar, Sockalingam Vairamoorthy.