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Cricket Australia deliver High Performance Coaching Program for the BCCI

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Cricket Australia recently partnered with the BCCI to deliver a High Performance (Level 3) Coaching Program at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore.

The course provided a great opportunity to strengthen the ties between the two Cricket Boards and share the knowledge and expertise between the two countries. 25 coaches were nominated by the BCCI to attend the courses and included current State & Indian National coaches at senior and youth level.

Several coaching staff from across Australian Cricket were provided with a Professional Development opportunity to travel to India and co-deliver the program as facilitators and coach educators.The group of facilitators included:

Matthew Betsey – National Coaching Manager, Cricket Australia

Darren Holder – Elite Coaching Manager, Cricket Australia

Jason Gillespie – Australia A Coach

Daniel Marsh – Consultant Coach, Cricket Australia

James Allsopp – Coach, ACT Meteors

Jonathan Connor – PhD Batting, Cricket Australia

Veronique Richard – Consultant, Cirque De Soleil

The course included topics such as; Coaches as Educators, Developing Team Culture, Coaching with Creativity along with the fundamental skills of cricket.

MS Dhoni, who was in Bangalore preparing for the India v Sri Lanka ODI series addressed the group of Indian coaches with fellow player Kedar Jadhav. His message to the coaches was clear and simple ‘it is not all about technique. Players need to find their own way of scoring runs. It is important for coaches to help players find a way that works for them” Dhoni thanked the Indian coaches for their contribution to the game.

Dhoni

Jason Gillespie, who is the current Australia A coach and Head Coach of the PNG National team was excited about his first involvement as a Coach Educator.

“The CA level 3 course was fantastic. It was well planned with lots of great information and ideas for the Indian coaches to consider when implementing their programs.”

Gillespie was also impressed by the way the Indian Coaches prepared for this learning opportunity. “The buy-in from the Indian coaches to take in new ideas was excellent and I believe the course has been a big success! Both the local coaches and the CA coaching staff were able to all learn from each other.”

Matthew Betsey, Cricket Australia's National Coaching Manager emphasised the opportunity these courses present for the Australian Cricket Staff in delivering these courses overseas. "The BCCI and CA are working collaboratively to combine their knowledge and expertise to contribute to the development of a better global game. This provides Australian Cricket staff with a great opportunity to develop their capacity as coach educators and their value to our system."

The BCCI recently reported on their website that it is confident that their coaches will benefit immensely from this program. "Apart from gaining more insights about the latest methods in coaching, a number of such initiatives are being chalked out in the future, wherein the BCCI and CA will work towards a common goal where top cricketing countries can combine their intellectual abilities and contribute towards the development of the game."

Sunil Joshi, who was one of the participants on the course, was appointed as the Bangladesh Spin Bowling Coach within days of completion.

Atul Gaikwad, who had completed the Cricket Australia High Performance Coaching Program in 2004, provided the following testimonial for the ongoing partnership between Australia and India.

“As a cricket coach, I have always had a quest for knowledge and learning new things. That motivation of being the best and ensure high quality coaching, I decided to do a Level III coaching certification from Cricket Australia in year 2010. It surely wasn't easy to be a part of the course with seats being limited and high number of applicants, however after some follow ups and interactions with various personnel, I got the opportunity to pursue it. Thanks to Matthew Betsey and Darren Holder who were instrumental in helping me through this process.

This was probably the best decision of my coaching career and I'm still bearing the fruits of the processes and coaching techniques that I learnt there. After attending the course, my coaching methodologies and approach towards coaching totally changed. With those methods, I got tremendous success at my own academy, the National Cricket Academy, BCCI's specialist academy and at the Zonal Cricket Academy. I could see a big difference in the player's individual games as well as with teams in general.

It worked wonders with India's women's teams’ cricketers like Mithali Raj, Devika Vaidya, Niranjana Nagrajan Arjun Tendulkar and a few other talented players. The change in coaching philosophy also resulted in seeing positive changes in results with school cricket.

I would like to thank the entire CA team for giving me this opportunity."

Raj