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Zunaid
February 6, 2012, 09:35 PM
Dhaka Gladiators Head Coach and ex-National Bowling Coach Ian Pont has kindly agreed to write a column on the BPL for BanglaCricket. We hope to get regular 'Views from the Edge' as the tournament unfolds.

dash
February 6, 2012, 09:58 PM
great..............

roman
February 6, 2012, 10:04 PM
Can't wait..

ahnaf
February 6, 2012, 10:21 PM
Thanks a lot zunaid bhaiya... :) cant wait to hear from him..

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zinatf
February 6, 2012, 10:28 PM
Thanks boss....waiting...

Zunaid
February 6, 2012, 11:41 PM
First column published:

Views from the Edge: the Dhaka Gladiators
Ian Pont

Head Coach of the Dhaka Gladiators and former National Bowling Coach, Ian Pont shares his views on the inaugural Bangladesh Premier League. Today he writes about the Gladiators and their getting ramped up for the tournament.

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Rabz
February 6, 2012, 11:41 PM
Great !!!!!

FagunerAgun
February 7, 2012, 12:01 AM
Nice to get him back..

frd
February 7, 2012, 12:02 AM
Niceee...!
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zinatf
February 7, 2012, 12:07 AM
:clap: thanks Ian

Anamul Bijoy is in DG :'( aww he's not in Royal bengal :(

Naimul_Hd
February 7, 2012, 01:21 AM
I am sooo happy to know that Ian will write column for us. He is a super busy coach but yet he manages to take out some time for his fans. I am a die hard fan of Ian. 3 cheers for Ian.

Nadim
February 7, 2012, 01:29 AM
I am sooo happy to know that Ian will write column for us. He is a super busy coach but yet he manages to take out some time for his fans. I am a die hard fan of Ian. 3 cheers for Ian.

I've become a fan of his too. I mean I have no choice. Great work Ian:clap:

PoorFan
February 7, 2012, 04:56 AM
Nice read, first ever BPL is getting more and more attention. Hope it will be a great new start for BD cricket.

simon
February 7, 2012, 05:49 AM
that's so cool,
DG jindabad, Ian pont zindabad. :joy:
Thanks boss and Ian Pont. :up:

patriot
February 7, 2012, 07:23 AM
Thanks Ian . Good Luck DG .

akabir77
February 7, 2012, 08:53 AM
thanks ian.

azifbd12
February 7, 2012, 11:16 AM
Seriously ? WoW ! Congrats !!

Tigers_eye
February 7, 2012, 11:23 AM
Thanks Coach for taking up this. It would be a great opportunity for us to look inside the closed doors as well, I hope.

Wish you all the success, except losing to Khulna in every game you play. :)

Ajfar
February 7, 2012, 11:41 AM
Thanks Ian.

Boss can you put some glue on this thread?

Rifat H
February 7, 2012, 12:53 PM
Thanks Ian. It was a nice read.

firstlane
February 7, 2012, 04:16 PM
Good job. Ian Pont has done it again. Gladiators are well ahead in everything. Gladiators all the way.

go Dhaka, go Pont.:fire:

Navo
February 7, 2012, 05:51 PM
It will be a real throw back to a few years ago to see Ash and Mash play together and play well :) I hope to see it.

rinathq
February 7, 2012, 06:07 PM
Thank Ian, you are the best

Dilscoop
February 7, 2012, 07:55 PM
Too many people with Ian Pont's avatar, it's making my brain numb. I keep thinking it's IP

Naimul_Hd
February 8, 2012, 09:26 AM
Too many people with Ian Pont's avatar, it's making my brain numb. I keep thinking it's IP

Not too many people mate, only his dedicated fans have his pic.

Razi
February 8, 2012, 01:51 PM
None of the other coaches stand a chance against Ian Pont, he is better than the best and there's no one who can come close to him. Go Ian, Go!

lamisa
February 8, 2012, 01:57 PM
OMG! Ian Pont??? can this get any better! this is THE.BEST.THING.EVER!!

MohammedC
February 8, 2012, 02:06 PM
Thanks Ian for your time and passion for Bangladesh Cricket.

AsifTheManRahman
February 8, 2012, 02:55 PM
You guys are having too much fun. :)

Ian, if you're reading this, looks like there's zero room for error.
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Zeeshan
February 8, 2012, 03:03 PM
Too many people with Ian Pont's avatar, it's making my brain numb. I keep thinking it's IP

I'd much rather see everyone with Ian's avatar- Dhaka Gladiators holler! - than say Shameem Chowdhury :p

BANFAN
February 8, 2012, 05:14 PM
First column published:

Views from the Edge: the Dhaka Gladiators
Ian Pont

Head Coach of the Dhaka Gladiators and former National Bowling Coach, Ian Pont shares his views on the inaugural Bangladesh Premier League. Today he writes about the Gladiators and their getting ramped up for the tournament.

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Good opening column... Nice read...thanks Ian

Zunaid
February 8, 2012, 06:22 PM
Second installment up:

Views from the Edge: the Dhaka Gladiators II
Ian Pont

Head Coach of the Dhaka Gladiators and former National Bowling Coach, Ian Pont shares his views on the inaugural Bangladesh Premier League. In today's installment Ian writes about the final preparations of the Gladiators on the eve of the tournament.

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Zunaid
February 8, 2012, 06:22 PM
It was interesting to read Ian's comments on Anamul.

Navo
February 8, 2012, 09:22 PM
^ Now I really look forward to seeing him bat in the BPL! I've only seen a couple of videos of his batting from YouTube and they're all ancient.

Tiger444
February 8, 2012, 11:05 PM
I'm really happy to see that Coach Ian has a high opinion on Anamul Haque. I actually had a feeling he would because even from watching a little highlights from him back in his U19 days that the guy is a special talent. I'll be eagerly waiting to see how Anamul bats in the BPL.

Howzat?
February 9, 2012, 08:18 AM
Thanks Ian for writting. Please continue :)

BANFAN
February 9, 2012, 08:45 AM
Good read Ian....

Just that SNBS ... even I'm getting confused now...:)

I think, it's Shere Bangla National Stadium ... SBNS.. Not a big prob though..

al Furqaan
February 9, 2012, 11:00 AM
It was interesting to read Ian's comments on Anamul.

If the HC is that impressed, it basically guarantees him a spot in the first XI, I'd imagine. It will be even more interesting to actually watch him bat, even in this the game's most pointless format.

Rifat H
February 9, 2012, 01:04 PM
Great to hear about Anamul. I saw a 1 year old ODI match on star cricket yesterday where BD u19 played in England. Anamul scored 50 from something like 40 balls. This guy is very strong in Cutting and Pulling and has some immense power.i am little disappointed that No young fast bowlers like Rabbi, Al Amin,Babu or Taskin were bought by DG . They could have learned many things from Ian.

Awla
February 9, 2012, 02:13 PM
Nice article Ian.....carry on

Nadim
February 9, 2012, 02:20 PM
Thanks Ian mama(uncle), Always knew Anamul is a great Talent so i'm not surprised.


Now waiting for part III :waiting:

lamisa
February 9, 2012, 02:40 PM
ian, you are the best HC that any team could ask for!

cricket_pagol
February 9, 2012, 03:04 PM
Thanks Ian!

akabir77
February 9, 2012, 03:35 PM
ian, you are the best HC that any team could ask for!
Tel ta ektu beshi hoye galo na?

Naimul_Hd
February 9, 2012, 03:46 PM
Only Ian has the eye to find such hidden talent. Other coaches never dare to look for alternative beyond fixed squad. Kudos to him. I hope we will know many other hidden talent such as Anamul with the help of Ian.

al Furqaan
February 9, 2012, 03:47 PM
everyone needs to get rid of their Pont avatars...I too keep thinking Coach is posting and it turns out to be some other BC member.

zinatf
February 10, 2012, 03:15 AM
I knew that Anamul will be a dark horse iof the tournament and reading Ian's article, I am confident now :D
As for Ian, thanks a lot for writing and sharing your views with BC. All of us really appreciate your effort :)

Zunaid
February 11, 2012, 08:18 AM
The next installment:

Views from the Edge: Dhaka Gladiators vs Khulna Royal Bengals
Ian Pont

Head Coach of the Dhaka Gladiators and former National Bowling Coach, Ian Pont shares his views on the inaugural Bangladesh Premier League. Today Ian pens his views after the Gladiators lost to the Khulna Royal Bengals in their inaugural game.

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firstlane
February 11, 2012, 08:42 AM
that was quick.

Tigers_eye
February 11, 2012, 09:17 AM
Class. Giving credit to the Opps and working on the short comings.

Naimul_Hd
February 11, 2012, 09:24 AM
Dont worry Ian. Better luck next time. You are the best buddy. I know you guys will bounce back in the next game.

Zunaid
February 12, 2012, 06:47 PM
After the win:

Views from the Edge: Dhaka Gladiators vs Sylhet Royals
Ian Pont

Head Coach of the Dhaka Gladiators and former National Bowling Coach, Ian Pont shares his views on the inaugural Bangladesh Premier League. Ian writes about the comprehensive and controlled win against the Sylhet Royals in their second game.

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MohammedC
February 12, 2012, 06:53 PM
Thanks Ian for your view.

Nadim
February 13, 2012, 01:36 AM
Thanks Ian bhai:)

Zunaid
February 13, 2012, 10:22 PM
BanglaCricket Articles
Views from the Edge: Dhaka Gladiators vs Chittagong Kings
Ian Pont
Head Coach of the Dhaka Gladiators and former National Bowling Coach, Ian Pont shares his views on the inaugural Bangladesh Premier League. Ian reports on their second win of the league - this time against the Chittagong Kings. He ends with "However, winning is a habit and we look to press on with that habit against Barisal. "

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Zunaid
February 13, 2012, 10:23 PM
An excellent report by coach Ian. Lots of lessons to be learned and he also gives a shout out to Elias to have been MOM.

MarufH
February 14, 2012, 02:46 PM
Looking forwards to tonight's review.

simon
February 14, 2012, 04:45 PM
"[বাংলা]প্রান্ত থেকে দেখেছে[/বাংলা] "er next part kobe release hobe?

Ajfar
February 14, 2012, 04:54 PM
Probably sometime tomorrow. It's early morning in BD. I'm sure Pont & Co. sleeping away after partying it up last night.

Zunaid
February 14, 2012, 09:56 PM
Today's installment:

BanglaCricket Articles

Views from the Edge: Dhaka Gladiators vs Barisal Burners
Ian Pont

Head Coach of the Dhaka Gladiators and former National Bowling Coach, Ian Pont shares his views on the inaugural Bangladesh Premier League. Ian writes up his thoughts on an amazing high velocity game.

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Zunaid
February 14, 2012, 09:56 PM
I like what Ian said about Gayle:

My tribute here is for the Dhaka team spirit and togetherness that we have shown throughout. We do not rely on one player here or one man there. But the player we will ALL miss is Chris Gayle. The man is a legend and when he finally goes, the BPL will be sadder without him.

reyme
February 14, 2012, 10:05 PM
Thanks Ian!
I must say, good coaches win matches!

dash
February 14, 2012, 10:41 PM
thanks to Ian

AsifTheManRahman
February 16, 2012, 11:06 AM
What happened there coach? Can't chase 145? What's Aftab doing in the team? How come Rana Naved fires all around the world but all of a sudden becomes the crappiest fast bowler in the BPL? Must be all Rafique's fault, he's the bowling coach after all. Good luck for the upcoming games.

Equinox
February 16, 2012, 11:08 AM
How come Dhiman and Nazim are not getting a game even after repeated failures from Ash, Aftab, Anamul?

Tigers_eye
February 16, 2012, 11:20 AM
Dear coach,
Does this show how much Mash means to this team? Or Rajshahi's plan and execution was better? Always eager to read your thoughts. I think down the streach Abdul Razzaq, M Samuels and Sami's experience was the difference.

What about the extras? 3 vs 16?

Tigers_eye
February 16, 2012, 11:22 AM
What happened there coach? Can't chase 145? What's Aftab doing in the team? How come Rana Naved fires all around the world but all of a sudden becomes the crappiest fast bowler in the BPL? Must be all Rafique's fault, he's the bowling coach after all. Good luck for the upcoming games.
Someone is angry I presume. Give credit to the opponents. Mo Rafique is class so are all other coaches in this team. Azhar-Mash missing the game is a big factor. Also you want to test the waters (bench strength) to know your team better when it matters the most. So that when Semis come, they can field the best team. my 2 cents.

AsifTheManRahman
February 16, 2012, 11:32 AM
Someone is angry I presume. Give credit to the opponents. Mo Rafique is class so are all other coaches in this team. Azhar-Mash missing the game is a big factor. Also you want to test the waters (bench strength) to know your team better when it matters the most. So that when Semis come, they can field the best team. my 2 cents.
Not angry at all. Khulna supporter here, so this result actually makes me happy. Just surprised that a team with world class talent like Anamul and Ashraful and world class coaching staff wouldn't be able to chase down 145. It's baffling.

simon
February 16, 2012, 11:39 AM
lol,Asif bhai
Mash had every1 under control, he has been proactive and in fact yelling at every1, which kept every player very much in the game.

simon
February 16, 2012, 11:47 AM
dear Ian Pont, Please bring these changes to this team,otherwise we won't go to far,

-if Mash recovers,he should replace Rana
-Azhar should come back too, Nazmul should stay,
-Aftab should have been replaced by Nazim long time ago,
[বাংলা]-Kervezee shouldn't be anywhere in the team, he looked completely lost.[/বাংলা]
-if possible replace Ashraful with any1, this guy can't bowl, can't score runs, good fielder though, but we can't have some 1 only for fielding.

Tigers_eye
February 16, 2012, 11:56 AM
Not angry at all. Khulna supporter here, so this result actually makes me happy. Just surprised that a team with world class talent like Anamul and Ashraful and world class coaching staff wouldn't be able to chase down 145. It's baffling.
Rubbing it in then, HHS. Khulna supporter as well. Lets go Shakib finish them all.

Tigers_eye
February 16, 2012, 12:02 PM
dear Ian Pont, Please bring these changes to this team,otherwise we won't go to far,

-if Mash recovers,he should replace Rana
-Azhar should come back too, Nazmul should stay,
-Aftab should have been replaced by Nazim long time ago,
[বাংলা]-Kervezee shouldn't be anywhere in the team, he looked completely lost.[/বাংলা]
-if possible replace Ashraful with any1, this guy can't bowl, can't score runs, good fielder though, but we can't have some 1 only for fielding.
What if Mash takes a little more time?

As for Kervezee, this is his first innings in a foreign soil, where the pitches are nothing close to what he has ever seen. People fall down. What happens next is to be seen. Can they get up or just lay low? Just giving them a try for once and taking the rug out of them is not a solution. Plus had you been the coach of SL national team, the world would have never seen what talent Attapatu was. There are so many cases like that. :)

Zunaid
February 16, 2012, 09:57 PM
BanglaCricket Articles

Views from the Edge: Dhaka Gladiators vs Duronto Rajshahi
Ian Pont
Head Coach of the Dhaka Gladiators and former National Bowling Coach, Ian Pont shares his views on the inaugural Bangladesh Premier League. He writes on the low scoring loss to Duronto Rajshahi. "The BPL results show how volatile T20 cricket actually is. A good innings here and a bad performance there can tip the scales either way. Last night against Duronto Rajshahi, it was the spinners who made the vital difference. "
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Tigers_eye
February 17, 2012, 10:30 AM
Just as I thought. The extras did play a role. Thanks for the column. Always a pleasure to read.

Zunaid
February 18, 2012, 10:47 PM
Views from the Edge: Dateline Chittagong
Ian Pont

Head Coach of the Dhaka Gladiators and former National Bowling Coach, Ian Pont shares his views on the inaugural Bangladesh Premier League. He reports from Chittagong on the eve of the 2nd phase of the BPL campaign. "Regardless of the way the games go, we are trying to base our whole ethos on good management of players and maintaining a healthy spirit in the camp. Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success."

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Zunaid
February 19, 2012, 08:25 AM
Views from the Edge: Dhaka Gladiators vs Khulna Royal Bengals II
Ian Pont
Head Coach of the Dhaka Gladiators and former National Bowling Coach, Ian Pont shares his views on the inaugural Bangladesh Premier League. Today Ian pens his views after the Gladiators lost again to the Khulna Royal Bengals in the 2nd phase of the tournament. "Simply not enough runs. Those are the true facts about the match against KRB, " he writes.

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zsayeed
February 19, 2012, 02:55 PM
Thanks Ian:
Ash played a responsible innings to bat through as long as he could.

Means a lot coming from you.

Zunaid
February 20, 2012, 01:32 AM
BanglaCricket Articles

Views from the Edge: Player Power
Ian Pont

Head Coach of the Dhaka Gladiators and former National Bowling Coach, Ian Pont shares his views on the inaugural Bangladesh Premier League. Today Ian talks about Player Power.

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i_1_primeval_man
February 20, 2012, 06:40 PM
Haha. Shuru hoye gese pechhoner paye giye rokkhonattok bhongimai khela. Shafoller shomoy proshikkhoner gurutter kotha bolte bolte mukhe fena tule felen, r berthotai shimana dorir bhetorer ghotonar upor taar kono niyontron nei bole ekhon haat dhuye felte chaichhen.

Zunaid
February 20, 2012, 06:47 PM
Haha. Shuru hoye gese pechhoner paye giye rokkhonattok bhongimai khela. Shafoller shomoy proshikkhoner gurutter kotha bolte bolte mukhe fena tule felen, r berthotai shimana dorir bhetorer ghotonar upor taar kono niyontron nei bole ekhon haat dhuye felte chaichhen.

English translation:

"Here starts the backfoot defensive play. But on success, you foam at the mouth repeating over and over the importance of coaching. On failure, you wash your hands off saying you have no control over the events inside the boundary rope."

If you wish to criticize , do it so the coach can understand you.

Zeeshan
February 20, 2012, 06:55 PM
Zunaid made me laugh :floor:

Wow!

firstlane
February 20, 2012, 06:56 PM
Nice translation doc :clap:

But I understand why i_1_primeval_man spoke his Bangali mind. Obvious criticism of the Coach was unofficially prohibited before. Posts have been deleted, warning have been issued for criticising/arguing against the Coach. Who would expect such a sudden U-turn?

Zunaid
February 20, 2012, 07:02 PM
Nice translation doc :clap:

Quick post deletion before I could translate yours too. I still can. :)

i_1_primeval_man
February 20, 2012, 07:15 PM
English translation:



If you wish to criticize , do it so the coach can understand you.

I thought writing BANGLA using English fonts were perfectly allowed in this forum. My comment/criticism was my opinion on the article and was not exactly intended for the coach. I was just sharing my view/opinion with other BC members. I didn't feel it was necessary for me to write in English as I was not writing or replying to him.

Well, I would like to add more to my criticism/opinion in English now.I had a feeling of Deja Vu while reading the article. During WC 2011, when our bowlers leaked too many runs, Ian blamed it on the mental strength of the bowlers and tried to convice us how he had no control over it. But he didn't shy away from taking the credits everytime they put on a good show. I see the similar trend in his writings in analysing DG's performance.

firstlane
February 20, 2012, 07:19 PM
Quick post deletion before I could translate yours too. I still can. :)

Well, I was about to translate myself but wasn't sure about your level of tolerance. Anyway happy for you to translate. That was nothing secretive. Definitely no reason to be ashamed either. Just thought I would wait till more people feel the same way 'cause only that is considered rational and tolerated.

PoorFan
February 21, 2012, 03:17 AM
Ex coach Ian pont sent a message to BC via E-mail, since he was unable to login.


As a coach you can only prepare a player for playing. The more time you have and the more you work one to one with them, the more you can help them change.

In T20, clearly there is little time. As a head coach as well, you don't specifically coach but MANAGE. As a specialist coach (batting, bowling, fielding) you are more targeted and have a clear role.

But however long you have with a player and however much you do with them, it is down to the player themselves to execute the skill.

A coach can make big differences with skill levels and developing a player to be able to be far better. But whether they deliver what they have practiced is the player's own execution.

When a player does what he has learned, when he bowls the ball where he has practiced or hit the ball how the coach has trained it, then credit goes to the player for executing it under pressure. If he cannot deliver that skill he has learned then all the coaching on the planet will not help him.

Ultimately, it is about the players and how they act when the heat is on. A coaches role is to prepare them and skill them for that. Coaches work hard developing new things, improving standards and helping with levels of effectiveness. We are trainers and teachers of skill. And you know how effective a good teacher can be.

But if the players do not do well, if the pupils fail the exam, if the professionals play like amateurs - then the coach can only watch like a fan, and feel the same as a fan.

Coaches cannot play FOR the players. They can simply skill them. The rest is down to the player to execute what they have learned.

I hope that is clear.

Naturally, when a player does well, ALL the staff are delighted the training, preparation and planning comes off. if you have never played the game or coached the game it is hard to appreciate the dynamic behind this.

Ultimately, you can't make a silk purse out of a cow's ear. Coaches mold a player to be as good as they can. Whether they listen and apply it is all down to the player. We are simply here as coaches to offer help, advice and make changes - if the players want that.

Some players do and also apply what they learn. These go on to be the better players. Some don't and end up as average players. No coach can force a player who doesn't want to try harder or learn. Think back to your own school days!

I hope this helps. Cricket is complex and human emotions even harder to understand. Players take full responsibility for their actions on the field. They are the ones out there doing it, after all.

Rabz
February 21, 2012, 04:45 AM
থোড় বড়ি খাড়া,
খাড়া বড়ি থোড় ...

Old wine in a new bottle.

BengaliPagol
February 21, 2012, 04:52 AM
Ex coach Ian pont sent a message to BC via E-mail, since he was unable to login.
Thanks Ian.

Ian Pont
February 21, 2012, 06:02 AM
Haha. Shuru hoye gese pechhoner paye giye rokkhonattok bhongimai khela. Shafoller shomoy proshikkhoner gurutter kotha bolte bolte mukhe fena tule felen, r berthotai shimana dorir bhetorer ghotonar upor taar kono niyontron nei bole ekhon haat dhuye felte chaichhen.

Bhai let me say the first person to get sacked from any team is the coach. Coaches come and go but players have the luxury of being around long after any coach has gone. Just see what's happened to Dean Jones with Chittagong Kings.

Rightly (or wrongly in my view) the coaches are judged on the players ability to execute plans. The coaches job is to develop skill levels, awareness, tactics, mindsets and technique - but it counts for nothing if the players do not use that and instead go out and fail to execute it.

You can have the best planning in the world but you only as good as the players taking the field to deliver it.

I don't see this as back foot defence or trying to sidestep any responsibility. I am firmly saying the players are the ones doing the playing. If you wanna slag off the coach or heap praise on the coach, that is your choice. The fools who shout "bhua, bhua" from the stands when people are trying their best, are the ones who don't get what it happening.

From my viewpoint personally, while I was here with the national team we won 10 from 14 matches played. Those stats go on my record as coach. We could have lost all 14 matches. I would still be the same coach.

The fact is Dale Steyn is one of my former students. The fact he has gone on to become the world's best fast bowlers is also true.

I don't "claim" these successes as mine.... I state them as facts.

Dale Steyn could have become the world's WORST fast bowler. I still would have been his coach.

A coach doesn't make a player bad or good overnight. Only a player can do that himself.

Tigers_eye
February 21, 2012, 09:41 AM
Geez guys!! Get a grip. Look at the overall comments not one specific paragraph if you want to focus and make a general comment.

I think Ian has done an excellent job from the day 1, on giving credit to the opponents which he didn't had to. These negates every accusation of "I am the Man while winning and losers will lose when going gets tough - passing the buck."

BANFAN
February 21, 2012, 11:38 AM
Bhai let me say the first person to get sacked from any team is the coach. Coaches come and go but players have the luxury of being around long after any coach has gone. Just see what's happened to Dean Jones with Chittagong Kings.

Rightly (or wrongly in my view) the coaches are judged on the players ability to execute plans. The coaches job is to develop skill levels, awareness, tactics, mindsets and technique - but it counts for nothing if the players do not use that and instead go out and fail to execute it.

You can have the best planning in the world but you only as good as the players taking the field to deliver it.

I don't see this as back foot defence or trying to sidestep any responsibility. I am firmly saying the players are the ones doing the playing. If you wanna slag off the coach or heap praise on the coach, that is your choice. The fools who shout "bhua, bhua" from the stands when people are trying their best, are the ones who don't get what it happening.

From my viewpoint personally, while I was here with the national team we won 10 from 14 matches played. Those stats go on my record as coach. We could have lost all 14 matches. I would still be the same coach.

The fact is Dale Steyn is one of my former students. The fact he has gone on to become the world's best fast bowlers is also true.

I don't "claim" these successes as mine.... I state them as facts.

Dale Steyn could have become the world's WORST fast bowler. I still would have been his coach.

A coach doesn't make a player bad or good overnight. Only a player can do that himself.

Very well said.

The difference between a good coach and a bad coach is that, a good coach knows how to have a better influence on a player's ability ... That's his Knowledge, Skill and Attitude. Although this BPL had very less time for the coaches to have any real influence. While the negatives are inherent to a player and positives are somewhat induced by a coach, because a coach never (exceptions are there) teaches negativity. So, a coach even for a short time always gets a credit for being able to even hold on to the existing positives of a player.

I don't want to blame/assess any coach in this tournament. The only job a coach could have done in such short period is to assess the players abilities and get the right combination to implement the plan. if vital players like Azhar and Mash is out of playing 11, what the coach can do?? And don't bother about 'Bhua' because, people sometimes just say it for fun....:)

But I enjoyed your response to the Bangla post and in a Bangla way starting with bhai....:)

Any way well done so far, since i have seen some positive changes in some of the players during this tournament. Butjust don't get it right against BB, rest is ok...:)

playmaker
February 21, 2012, 12:03 PM
imho, players should stop blaming the coaches at all. A coach is there to just make sure that the players are in good grove during the tournament. Afterall, its only a 3 week tournament and I think its more about player performance than anything else, more so because its T20

Mr. Ian Pont, salute to you for you services. The outburst of the fans is more about frustration on the team and its management(with you as its centre) just for losing a couple of matches rather than distrust on your ability as a coach. When the team will be on its wining ways, the same fans could be voting for you as the next coach of BD

reyme
February 22, 2012, 02:42 AM
Dhaka Gladitor is on the right hand, with Ian, Fountain and Rafiq, they are bound to bounce back!

i_1_primeval_man
February 23, 2012, 12:03 AM
Azhar Mahmood gave a shout out to Ian and the rest of the coaching staff during his MoM speech against SR.

Zunaid
February 23, 2012, 12:10 AM
Next installment:

Views from the Edge: Dhaka Gladiators vs Sylhet Royals II
Ian Pont

Head Coach of the Dhaka Gladiators and former National Bowling Coach, Ian Pont shares his views on the inaugural Bangladesh Premier League. Ian reports on coming back from back-to-back defeats to pick up momentum going into the final stretch.

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It was an important win that you can never take for granted. Although Sylhet had lost every match so far, there is always a danger you can switch off on not be focused playing a side that have nothing left but pride to play for.With a really small crowd, too and no real atmosphere it was imperative that we motivated ourselves and stepped up to redress the two losses we suffered after three wins in a row.

On the day everyone played their part with highly professional performance. We sat down as a squad and discussed our previous matches and what needed to happen. It was a genuine thrill to witness Rana Naved showing just what he can do with a ball. Three wickets and a superb spell of death bowling showed just why we backed him fully throughout this competition so far.The bowlers all performed well with the spin twins of Elias Sunny and MH Rubel again showing just why they have featured in the national side. Azhar Mahmood and Mashrafe worked in partnership to stifle the run rate in the early stages whilst taking wickets.

It was additionally an opportunity to try to improve our net run rate so Ashraful and Imran Nazir set about scoring 10-11 an over until Imran suffered a sickening blow to the head from a bouncer from Peter Trego. It was a worrying moment but he was in great medical hands. He went to hospital and had scans. The initial results are positive and whilst keeping an eye on him over the 24 hours, we are hopeful he will make a full and speedy recovery.

The momentum of the innings was not lost though and towards the end we sent in Keiron Pollard to finish the match, which he did with three 6s in a blistering six-ball 22 not out.

We fly back to Dhaka and face up to the team above us on net run rate, Chittagong on the 24th. They have slipped badly lately and lost both matches at home. So we hope the impetus is with us as the crowd really makes a noise for us at Mirpur.

I am pleased how the players responded to the defeats. Lessons have hopefully been learned. There are three matches left in the second round and all is to play for still.

We need the Dhaka fans to really get behind us and roar us on.

Dhakablues
February 24, 2012, 01:30 PM
I think today, Mashrafee showed very little of his batting prowess that we used to see during his prime. They couldve made it had they atleast tried to go with straight bat and boundaries than sixes..but Masrhafee was absolutely clueless again and trying to bat with his eyes closed. Even Shahadat couldve done better than him.Nevertheless, I am happy with the way he bowled and his bowling line is really encouraging!!

But one player really amazes me is Rana Naveed. That guy is absolutely in the game and would risk everything to save boundaries. It seems like his bowling has even improved significantly with Dhaka Gladiators!!

Zunaid
February 24, 2012, 08:34 PM
Views from the Edge: Dhaka Gladiators vs Chittagong Kings II
Ian Pont

Head Coach of the Dhaka Gladiators and former National Bowling Coach, Ian Pont shares his views on the inaugural Bangladesh Premier League. Ian writes after the 2nd game against the Chittagong Kings. He says, "With just two points covering the top 5 sides, it is mathematically possible for any of the teams to miss out on the semi-finals and no team is safe, nor has any team qualified. It is both bizarre and yet enthralling but not good for the heart rate if you are coaching one of the teams."

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Views from the Edge: Dhaka Gladiators vs Chittagong Kings II
by Ian Pont

Published: 24th February, 2012
Shar
If we wanted to make things more difficult for ourselves, we just did it with the loss to Chittagong Kings. In a match dominated by the bowlers on a batting track that made it hard for easy boundaries to be hit, we witnessed some truly under par batting by the Dhaka team, especially after the last match.Earlier, the lads bowled superbly, with Elias Sunny yet again showing why he is one of the country's leading spin bowlers, with another three wickets.

The day started with illness and injury. MH Rubel was ruled out with a fever and Nazimuddin, initially selected to open the batting, was ruled out after a fitness test with the same issue. Imran Nazir was not allowed to play on medical advice and it forced a complete rejig of the team so we brought in Alexei Kervezee to open the batting and Dhimon Ghosh to keep wicket in his first match in the BPL. Merhab Hossain had also reported illness but was passed fit to play.

It was a great team effort to restrict CK to just 120.

What we then witnessed was a truly average batting performance from the overseas players. It put us under huge pressure when the run rate was still around a run a ball yet batsmen regular chipped the ball into the air and got out. Basic batting skills of singles and twos plus keeping the ball on the ground seemed to elude everyone. Some hope was given when the two keepers in the team Anamul and Dhimon, briefly nudged us towards the target with a 30-odd run partnership. However, Anamul's departure signaled a cluster of wickets and eventually we were bowled out on the last ball some 13 runs short.

With just two points covering the top 5 sides, it is mathematically possible for any of the teams to miss out on the semi-finals and no team is safe, nor has any team qualified. It is both bizarre and yet enthralling but not good for the heart rate if you are coaching one of the teams.

With Duronto Rajshahi losing to Sylhet Royals, it has opened the possibility of Sylhet having a genuine say in who makes the final four.

We play Barisal Burners next in what could be an absolute cliff-hanger. Net run rates are becoming vital. No one can now afford to slip up, with the likely winners of this match probably through. Yet, with the final round of matches throwing up some interesting permutations, the BPL refuses to lay down and be decided.

In the end the teams that can hold their nerve best will make it to the last four. In 24 hours we will know a lot more about who that is.

Zunaid
February 24, 2012, 08:35 PM
Explains the absence of Nazimuddin.

Zeeshan
February 24, 2012, 09:25 PM
Question to Ian sir: Is it a deliberate ploy to play Ashraful bhai in slow gears so as to ease him into form for national squad? Also do coaches point out the silly shots that Ashraful bhai plays so that he can rectify:such as weird scoop 2 games ago? Then how come he refuses to learn from them? Overall are you happy with Ashraful bhai's performance?

Zunaid
February 24, 2012, 10:30 PM
Looks like quite a few of the gladiators have been ill - whether by a bug or by a ball.

Zunaid
February 25, 2012, 10:38 PM
Views from the Edge: Dhaka Gladiators vs Barisal Burners II
Ian Pont

Head Coach of the Dhaka Gladiators and former National Bowling Coach, Ian Pont shares his views on the inaugural Bangladesh Premier League. Ian writes after their win that puts them back in contention for the final four. As he says, "It is clear that net run rate is going to play a significant part in this tournament now. Sides will want to win, or avoid defeat, by big margins".

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Zunaid
February 27, 2012, 07:45 PM
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Views from the Edge: Dhaka Gladiators vs Duronto Rajshahi II
Ian Pont
Head Coach of the Dhaka Gladiators and former National Bowling Coach, Ian Pont shares his views on the inaugural Bangladesh Premier League. Ian reports on their final league game against Duronto Rashahi, which they lost but still qualified for the semis.
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TigerEz
February 27, 2012, 07:55 PM
if sami can do his then why not mashrafe or nazmul hossain? and they under the coaching of ian pont

dash
February 27, 2012, 08:44 PM
a question to the coach- may be you cant answer it for obvious reasons but i will ask nonetheless...arent the teams provided with bylaws which are agreed upon and signed prior to the start of the season? Also isnt it the basic responsibilities for teams to learn and understand the bylaws and clarify any confusion, otherwise how can one actually plan?

dash
February 27, 2012, 08:47 PM
if sami can do his then why not mashrafe or nazmul hossain? and they under the coaching of ian pont

sami bowls at 140 k and more whereas mash and naz bowls at 130k atmost these days; they have to install some boosters to blow oposition away! :)

i_1_primeval_man
February 27, 2012, 10:52 PM
I agree with Ian's comment that Sami's bowling success should stop the advocates of spinners in our pitch/condition who want to start bowling with spin all the time and don't want any pacers in their side. Our wickets are also good for fast bowling if one knows how to bowl.
But I have a question whether any one knows who's the coach of Mohammad Sami. This guy seems to generate a lot of pace even after many years of his debut. I mean I really wanna know who taught this guy to bowl really fast. Did he go through some sort of specialized coaching?

firstlane
February 28, 2012, 07:17 AM
I agree with Ian's comment that Sami's bowling success should stop the advocates of spinners in our pitch/condition who want to start bowling with spin all the time and don't want any pacers in their side. Our wickets are also good for fast bowling if one knows how to bowl.
But I have a question whether any one knows who's the coach of Mohammad Sami. This guy seems to generate a lot of pace even after many years of his debut. I mean I really wanna know who taught this guy to bowl really fast. Did he go through some sort of specialized coaching?
Yeah he was considered as the second fastest just behind shoaib akhter at the time of his debut. pakistan seem to produce endless number of world class fast bowlers without any known world class bowling coach.

Zunaid
February 28, 2012, 09:39 PM
Views from the Edge: The semifinal between the Gladiators and Royal Bengals
Ian Pont
Head Coach of the Dhaka Gladiators and former National Bowling Coach, Ian Pont shares his views on the inaugural Bangladesh Premier League. Ian reports on their semifinal match against the Khulna Royal Bengals.
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Zunaid
February 28, 2012, 09:41 PM
Shakib, who was shown to be caught behind in his 40s off Elias Sunny but given not out, went on to finish 86 not out and played a high quality innings.

Was the bolded part in the above excerpt from the article really necessary?

firstlane
February 28, 2012, 09:59 PM
Quote:
Shakib, who was shown to be caught behind in his 40s off Elias Sunny but given not out, went on to finish 86 not out and played a high quality innings.


Was the bolded part in the above excerpt from the article really necessary?

Sounded like coming from a captain of a losing side.

i_1_primeval_man
February 28, 2012, 10:00 PM
Was the bolded part in the above excerpt from the article really necessary?

Since we are talking about Shakib getting a second life, i wonder what would have happened to DG innings had Dwayne Smith held on to Imran Nazir's catch early in the game. The views from the edge wouldn't have looked so pretty for sure. I'm not too sure, but i think the decision in favour of Shakib was given when he was close to his sixty.

Also I don't agree with the comment that Imran Nazir has been quite a revelation at the top of order in this tournament. Everyone knew what he was capable of and that he's really good for his cameos in this format.

And Dhiman Ghosh is not an emerging cricketer or talent any more. He has played for Bangladesh almost 5 years ago and also one of the regular highest run scorers in the NCL.

firstlane
February 28, 2012, 10:07 PM
Also I don't agree with the comment that Imran Nazir has been quite a revelation at the top of order in this tournament. Everyone knew what he was capable of and that he's really good for his cameos in this format.

And Dhiman Ghosh is not an emerging cricketer or talent any more. He has played for Bangladesh almost 5 years ago and also one of the regular highest run scorers in the NCL.

Probably Ian wasn't aware about their talents/records until this tournament.

reyme
February 29, 2012, 07:34 PM
Ian achieved everything! He walked the walk! Why cant we just keep him to ourselves?

TigerEz
February 29, 2012, 09:25 PM
Ian achieved everything! He walked the walk! Why cant we just keep him to ourselves?

watch in a couple of days india or some other strong cricket nation gonna grab him

firstlane
February 29, 2012, 09:33 PM
watch in a couple of days india or some other strong cricket nation gonna grab him

Now that DG won the tournament under Ian's coaching bcb might consider him as national team's head coach if he applies.

Dhakablues
March 1, 2012, 01:28 PM
watch in a couple of days india or some other strong cricket nation gonna grab him

That has been pretty much the story of Bangladesh cricket- Foreign Coaches can learn new methods coaching here due to our 'green field' and all out support. Other than Siddons, Trevor Chappel.. all our ex-coaches, physios, trainers went on to get more lucrative offers after they left Bangladesh..

Zunaid
March 2, 2012, 11:16 PM
Views from the Edge: BPL Champions
Ian Pont

So they did it! The Dhaka Gladiators became champions of the inaugural edition of the Bangladesh Premier League. Head Coach of the Gladiators and ex-National Bowling Coach had been writing for BanglaCricket.com on the BPL and in today's final triumphant edition he reports on the Gladiators winning it all.

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Rabz
March 3, 2012, 12:00 AM
Good read.
Was waiting for this one.

Thanks to Ian Pont for the write ups and letting us in with the edgy view.

Thanks BC as well.

kalpurush
March 3, 2012, 05:19 AM
Fantastic read Ian. Thank a lot for the entire series. :)
Thanks to Zunaid bhai for organizing it as well :)

Murad
March 4, 2012, 01:12 PM
dhimon?