By Muhammad Asif Khan
KARACHI: The chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Zaka Ashraf has been very keen on competency in the setup and he has proved his point by appointing a qualified coach in Dev Whatmore for the Pakistan team however a former Test fast bowler, Jalaluddin does not seem thrilled with the recent developments, and feels that still a lot of measures required for the betterment at the junior level. Referring to Intikhab Alam, who is the Director Game Development at the National Cricket Academy (NCA), Jalaluddin, who himself is a certified coach, was of the view that, with the national team, even a non-qualified coach could serve the purpose to some extent however, the policy of the PCB at the level just below the national team is under par. “A non-qualified but experienced coach can work with the national team, but at the National and Regional academies appointment of non-qualified individuals is impractical”, said Jalaluddin while talking to this correspondent.
“At a junior level a coach needs to know the art of identification of a problem which is followed by rectification and then the development of a player. Thorough knowledge of bio-mechanics and video analysis is essential for which up-to-date certification is a must. This is unfortunate that Intikhab Alam, who is the head of the National Academy, does not possess any relevant certification.”, concludes Jalaluddin who was the right-arm medium pace bowler and has played 6 Tests and 8 ODIs from 1982 to 1985.
He was the first player to take a hat-trick in ODI cricket. Jalaluddin achieved that distinction against Australia in 1982. He has the accreditation as both ECB and PCB level-3 coach, and has been managing his cricket academy in Karachi.