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10 NEW DEVELOPMENT OFFICERS TO DEVELOP CRICKET AT THE GRASS ROOTS LEVEL

Malaysian Cricket Association Admin (Malaysian)
06/01/2021

10 NEW DEVELOPMENT OFFICERS TO DEVELOP CRICKET AT THE GRASS ROOTS LEVEL

As the beneficiary of Yayasan Sime Darby’s sponsorship, collaborating on the same aim of developing the Cricket Adiwira Programme & the Women’s Development Programme, Malaysia Cricket Association has signed on 10 development officers   whose primary task is to promote the cricket programme in 458 schools at 16 locations nationwide and eventually grow the entry-level Cricket Adiwira programme to a wider reach of schools in all the respective states including Labuan and Wilayah Persekutaan and Putrajaya.

Cricket Adirwira, inherently is an “influencer” for the sport at the grass roots level, especially for the school and college age groups. In addition to the above, the officers will curate early entry level learning programmes, organize four (4) Cricket Adiwira programmes per school, per year, and to further add substance to the programme, there will also be coaching courses; Concurrently,the development officers will oversee the Women’s Pathway Programme.

Under the development programme for women, the officers will steer National School Championships at the State Level for the U12, U15 & U17 followed by National Age Group Competitions, through these series of events, the officers will scout for talents. The young talents will then be invited to join the National Age Group Camps where players with potential will be selected for the Interstate Championships,  progressively move up to the MCA T20 Series and subsequently play on the High Performance team. The officers will in addition, oversee the same pathway for the men’s U12, U15 & U17.

The work does not stop here for these officers, as they will be working with the U19 women’s and men’s team. Monthly training camps with a duration of seven days and 39 players is an ongoing programme. Then U19 women’s team will undergo intensive training to enable them to qualify for the 2022 Commonwealth Games and the 2023 World Cup; while the U19 men’s team will be working towards the 2022 world cup.

The role of the development officers inadvertently encompasses that of a mentor as well. Every one of us can use a mentor at some point in life. A mentor generally serves as a role model and children will learn from good role models given the right opportunities, which is what Malaysia Cricket is working towards. “Tell and I may forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn” profound words of Benjamin Franklin.    

While the plates of the newly appointed officers may seem rather full, these officers know the worth of their position. Four of national players, have at their disposal, a window of opportunity that would enable them to build a career in cricket outside of playing if they so wish too. In addition, former coaches and players also have a lifeline in this sport as it breeds continuity in their career. 

As these officers will testify, Malaysia Cricket provides an avenue for players, coaches, scorers, among others to build a successful career; be it in cricket or in a separate field, this is a good training ground. Syed Aziz Syed Mubarak, National Senior Player said “I am really grateful for this opportunity, to be able to start off my working life here at Malaysia Cricket. I love the game so inculcating the love for cricket to young children is my main focus, and when you fall in love with the game, the rest will follow as it did for me”

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