RIYADH, Dec. 21 The first ever cricket coaching camp for the young
ones which was attended by children of various nationalities and held under the
supervision of Central Province Cricket Association (CPCA) at the Al Sulay ground ended
its first session on a highly successful note.
The activities at the coaching camp would now resume after the Eid-ul-Fitr holidays on
January 13, 2000, said Wilfrid A. Paes, the president of the body. Many parents and the
participating children interviewed expressed satisfaction of the coaching techniques and
were positive that it will bear positive results in future.
They appreciated the sincere efforts of the coaches namely Alan Smith, a West Indian and
the two Sri Lankans, Aruna Singha and Jonathan who supervised children between age groups
of 14-16 years, 11-13 years and 6-10 years respectively on four grounds and one practice
pitch. Those who provided them support were Raza Mehdi, Razi Mohiyuddin, Raza Khan and
Words of praise were also aired for the CPCA management committee led by W. A. Paes and
assisted by Asif Saleem, Abu Fahim, Nasir Ali Khan and Bader Mohiyuddin in making this
event get going.
Although no Arabs have yet to join, it is however, thrilling to note that in addition to
the participants from regular cricket playing nations, some surprising entrants have been
an Italian and Americans.
A grade six student of American school, Mehdi Bundeali who is now 11-years old said,
"sport has no nationality. I love cricket and spend long time playing every day. I am
great fan of this game and hope to become a test player for the USA team in future. My
passion has grown since I got a formal training organized by CPCA."Italian Dano
Carbone, born in Malaysia, has lived abroad with his father. He has now been playing this
game for the past four years in the Kingdom and got familiar through his friends.
Expressing his views, he said, "that I am enjoying and wants to devote more time.
Though my British school has a team but I prefer CPCA coaching camp."Saad Muhammed
Khan said, "what I really enjoyed during the coaching session was that the coaches
were very detailed on what to do and never put too much pressure on the young ones. They
were also very patient with us and very well organized."
American Nicholas Sen learned about this coaching camp through his British school and from
here he picked up the game of cricket. The 12-years old feel that he is definitely getting
better and has great liking for it.
Another American in identical age group, Alexander J. W. Deuchar said, "I learned
playing through friends at the compound in the Kingdom and now been playing for the past
eight months. I am playing member for the British school team as well. He added,
"that I am having good time."
In general, in addition to the fun and excitement, this get together has displayed a sense
of brotherhood, friendliness, team work amongst them and they are all ready for the next
round after the Eid-ul-Fitr holidays.