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Old September 14, 2010, 09:42 AM
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Date:Tuesday, 14 September 2010

BCB Media Release

Ian Pont joining as Bangladesh Bowling Coach

Fast bowling specialist Ian Pont is set to become the Bangladesh National Team’s Specialist Bowling Coach. Pont (49) is expected to arrive in Dhaka on Thursday (September 16) to join the Tigers’ training at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium. His contract with the BCB will run up to the end of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011.

A former fast bowler Pont represented Essex, Natal and Nottinghamshire in first class cricket and retired as a player in 1990. As a coach Pont has worked extensively in the UK and overseas specialising on pace and accuracy. His specialised coaching method is known as ABSAT (Advanced Biomechanics Speed & Accuracy Technique). He is the author of the coaching manual ‘The Fast Bowler's Bible’.

Pont had been the ECB’s National and Regional Skills Set Coach and the fast bowling coach of his former county club Essex. He also has the experience of working with county teams Worcestershire, Warwickshire and Kent as a fast bowling coach. He was the national bowling coach of the Netherlands for two years up until the 2007 World Cup. Pont is a technical fast bowling consultant to Northamptonshire County Cricket Club and is Head Coach of the International Pro Camp based in Potchefstroom, South Africa.


  • While playing for Natal in South Africa, Pont recorded the second longest throw of a cricket ball of all time, throwing 138 yards in Cape Town.

  • In 1987, Pont had trials with six Major League Baseball clubs as a pitcher. Recording speeds of around 100 mph, he gained a month’s extended trial with the Philadelphia Phillies. At spring training, he was a starting pitcher for the Phillies in one exhibition game, becoming the first, modern-day professional cricketer to play in a professional baseball game.

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