- Ahmed Shehzad, Abdur Rehman and Aizaz Cheema describe the course as one of the best learning experiences of their career
- Group photograph attached, caption below (please credit @PCB)
Lahore, 29 May 2019: A four-day Level-2 coach Education Course - 2019 concluded at the National Cricket Academy, Lahore, on Wednesday with 16 cricketers, including 14 former Test cricketers, taking part. Taufeeq Umar, a veteran of 44 Tests for Pakistan was a late participant, who joined the course on the second day.
Test batsman Ahmed Shehzad said: “One of the most important aspects of this course was it helped you to understand the relationship between a coach and the players, and it has been a great learning experience for me.
“The way Pakistan Cricket Board and the National Cricket Academy have organised this programme is absolutely fantastic,” he said.
Ex-Test spinner Saeed Ajmal, on his experience at the Level-2 coaching, said: “Well, although I had completed a Level-2 course in England, this has been a different experience for me. This programme will help me coach players at my academy in a better way, and I will try my best to transfer this knowledge to them.”
Test spinner Abdur Rehman said: “It was a great experience; sometimes even cricketers miss out on smaller details, which can be helpful especially when coaching young boys.”
Test wicketkeeper-batsman Adnan Akmal said: “Playing and coaching are two different things; this is a great opportunity and will be beneficial for us.”
Test fast bowler Aizaz Cheema said: “The Level-2 coaching is not only limited to the retired players, this can be useful for the current cricketers too. Sometimes you miss out on a lot of important things while playing, so one should take advantage of this opportunity and gain as much as possible.”
Sitting (left to right): Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Salman Butt, Misbah-ul-Haq, Mudassar Nazar (PCB Director - Academies), Ali Zia (Senior GM - Academies), Dr Riaz Ahmed (Resident Sports Physician), Yahya Ghaznavi (GM - Archives & Game Education), Shahid Aslam(Senior GM - Women’s Cricket)
Standing (first row, left to right): Rahat Abbas (Manager-Coach-Education), Humayun Farhat, Aizaz Cheema, Basit Ali, Zulfiqar Babar, Qaisar Abbas, Taufeeq Umar, Abdur Rehman, Adnan Akmal, Abdul Majeed (NCA fielding coach)
Standing (second row, left to right): Umaid Asif, Ehsan Adil, Bilal Asif. Missing: Ahmed Shehzad