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Old March 7, 2011, 03:36 AM
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Thumbs up Germany Provide Blueprint for Bangladesh Youth Development

This is gonna be a long one, so please bear with me

In a recent article Jamie Siddons said "These are the best 15 players that can do the job. There is no one outside that can do a better job.So we stick with these players, and we make sure that they do better next time."

This raised a few concerns and questions, if these 15 are the best we've got in the country , where is our cricket headed towards? Why is it that these 15 are the best in a country with a population of around 160 million? Obviously there must be something seriously flawed in 1) the search for untapped talent in the country 2) the youth development system and traning starting from the grass-root levels, that at the end these are the best available players we can produce. So i've undertaken a task of finding out how we can overhaul our cricket structure and youth develoment system to improve our cricket in general and produce more talented cricketers in the long run for the future

Firstly, we should take a look at how Germany overhauled it's football youth development in 2002, Germany lost against Croatia 3-0 in the Quarter-finals at the 1998 Football World Cup, this forced Christian Seifert-the Bundesliga's Chief Executive at that time to a major rethink about the development of young players

The new structure, implemented in 2002, has resulted in a resurgent German side - their youngest team ever, with an average age of 24.7 years. Last year in the 2010 Football World Cup held in South Africa, they beat Australia 4-0, England 4-1, and Argentina 4-0. They will go into Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine among the favourites. Prolific World Class players that have come through the new system include Mesut Ozil, Thomas Mueller,Bastian Schweinsteiger and Sami Kedira. Ozil and Khedira were bought by one of the best football clubs in the world- Real Madrid,after their performances in the 2010 WC
According to Seifert,the national team's stark improvement was a direct result of the overhaul of Germany's academy system, with all 36 clubs in the two Bundesliga divisions now obliged to operate centrally regulated academies before being given a licence to play in the league. Of the 23-man national squad that were in South Africa, 19 came from Bundesliga academies.

Now coming to the main point, we need to analyse and see how we can take Germany's overhaul of it's football youth development example and adapt it to overhaul our own Cricket youth development, the obvious ones would be:
  • Require all teams in the National Cricket League to operate centrally regulated cricket acedemies before being given a license to play in the league
  • Increase the number of teams in the NCL (currently there are 6)
  • Improve Cricket Infrastructure, at least in the major cities
  • Increase Funding and support given to these teams for youth development
  • Increase and Improve scouting of young players from rural areas and discovery of untapped talent
  • Improve coaching standards and coaching Infrastructure starting at the grass-root levels by implementing coaching qualifications for all coaches
  • Intialize school/college cricket leagues in the country

These are just some of the recommendations that I have, If you have more or disagree with any, post about it, thanks for your time
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Old March 7, 2011, 05:42 AM
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excellent angle on the youth development strategy.....and might i add that quality should prevail in any actions taken. Having obligatory youth academies is fine so long as they have excellent coaches.
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Old March 7, 2011, 07:06 AM
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I dont think the adminstrators dont know what to do for cericket's development. The question is- do they want to do this? In a country where almost everything is broken expecting only cricket will be run properly is little unrealistic I am afraid. So we have to put up with this kind of inconsistent result for I dont know how long.
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Old March 7, 2011, 08:25 AM
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I dont think the adminstrators dont know what to do for cericket's development. The question is- do they want to do this? In a country where almost everything is broken expecting only cricket will be run properly is little unrealistic I am afraid. So we have to put up with this kind of inconsistent result for I dont know how long.
I don't undst why they wouldn't want to develop the young. If the administrators don't want to develop our youth then why do they get paid for? What are their duties as cricket administrators, cricket development surely must be one of them, if they don't do their duties properly, then how can they justify the govt salary they get at the end of each month?! What are they exactly doing to improve youth development?! Is this unwillingness to develop our youth an individualistic problem or an organisational one?!

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Old March 7, 2011, 08:45 AM
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Great thread, I was also thinking to open a similar thread, since you have already opened it, I can just post my thoughts.

We need to hire a group of consultants, because I do not think anyone in BCB is capable of managing such a project.

1. All schools and educational institutions having an athletic department needs to improve and invest more. Having better coaching staff,grounds, equipment, athletic program, scholarships and so on.
2. The number of parents who are willing to let their children select sports as their future are still very limited in numbers compared to the population of Bangladesh. Basically the number of kids dreaming to become a cricketer has to grow.
3. Because of the above reason, we need to show that even without playing for the national team, players can make as much money as an engineer, banker,lawyer and so on. Players who play in Ranji trophy makes way more money than players in our league teams.
4. Increase the revenue of the national league. Not enough people follow the league, no tv broadcast or the fan base is too small.
5. A sports agency to look after player's benefit and represent them legally.

If anyone wants to open a cricket academy in Bangladesh I think there is potential. An academy to train coaches, youth or any cricketers to develop and improve themselves. Maybe someone can talk to Ian Pont to open a branch of his academy in Bangladesh.
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Old March 7, 2011, 09:29 AM
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Great article. Germany's youth movement has been amazing, and I will hope BD can match it... however I don't think our administrators are capable of doing it right...
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Old March 7, 2011, 10:57 AM
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BCB management knows all these points very well....but they r reluctant to get out of their comfort zone to find out new talents from grass root level and to groom them for a brighter future.
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Old March 7, 2011, 11:19 AM
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Great thread, I was also thinking to open a similar thread, since you have already opened it, I can just post my thoughts.

We need to hire a group of consultants, because I do not think anyone in BCB is capable of managing such a project.

1. All schools and educational institutions having an athletic department needs to improve and invest more. Having better coaching staff,grounds, equipment, athletic program, scholarships and so on.
2. The number of parents who are willing to let their children select sports as their future are still very limited in numbers compared to the population of Bangladesh. Basically the number of kids dreaming to become a cricketer has to grow.
3. Because of the above reason, we need to show that even without playing for the national team, players can make as much money as an engineer, banker,lawyer and so on. Players who play in Ranji trophy makes way more money than players in our league teams.
4. Increase the revenue of the national league. Not enough people follow the league, no tv broadcast or the fan base is too small.
5. A sports agency to look after player's benefit and represent them legally.

If anyone wants to open a cricket academy in Bangladesh I think there is potential. An academy to train coaches, youth or any cricketers to develop and improve themselves. Maybe someone can talk to Ian Pont to open a branch of his academy in Bangladesh.
Some very good recommedations you've stated there, on you're 2nd point, id like to say perhaps this is one of the major ascepts of of the Bengali society we need to improve, I think if there were more Incentives and support for children to become professional cricketers, people would be more willing to let their children pursue such a future,

One way might be for Universities/Cricket Academies and other Institutions in the country to offer sport scholarships specifically for cricket, just like sport scholarships given in US colleges to potential basketball(nba)/american football(nfl) players, etc, but I guess for this to happen the Bangladeshi government would need to provide a much larger financial budget and support to these institutions, since they cannot afford these scholarships on their own I assume
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Excellent observations & astute assessment.
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Old March 7, 2011, 11:46 AM
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Great blueprint...now if only there was someone who could implement it. BCB? Are you listening?
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Old March 7, 2011, 11:48 AM
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This is where BC forummers should spend their time.

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Old March 7, 2011, 05:25 PM
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Old March 7, 2011, 06:42 PM
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When I enter this thread, I actually thought that Germany has a plan to develop the youth in Bangaladesh, and they are providing the blue print. That's what I sense when I read the thread. In fact, The thread opener is asking to use Germany youth development model and apply it in BD. Nevertheless, all point are good, and many have pointed these out time to time.
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Old March 7, 2011, 07:01 PM
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Nice points, but therein lie the problems. There are so many nice points, but who'll be breaking the shackles and actually start implementing them? Don't see anyone, do I?
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Old March 8, 2011, 12:43 AM
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Doesnt bcb ever consider these things?! Yea I think these visions will only stay visions unless someone from banglacricket should gets into politics, then bcb, and listens to public opinion. I don't mind getting into Bangladeshi politics if I have the opportunity, to see these things implemented

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We need to develop young cricketers, if you don't want to keep getting disappointed by the BD team
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