TWO Saint Lucian top-order batsmen who played a combined 72 first class games between them have turned their attention to the field of coaching and will participate in the Cricket West Indies Level 1 Course right taking place here (in Saint Lucia).
Keddy Lesporis and Craig Emmanuel are among a group of 17 registered participants for the Cricket West Indies (CWI) Level 1 Course, which started on Wednesday 24th and run until Saturday 27th October.
Craig, who turned 33 last month, has played for the Combined Campuses and Colleges, the Windward Islands and Saint Lucia. He has played 26 First Class matches, scored 850 runs at the rate of 19.31, with a highest score of 70.
Keddy Lesporis who will be celebrating his 30th birthday in December is a top order batman and has played for the Sagicor High Performance Centre, Saint Lucia Zouks, and the Windward Islands. Keddy has played 46 First Class Matches, scored 1736 at an average of 21.17, highest score 86. In T20 format he played 32 matches, scored 482 runs at an average of 20.95, with a highest score of 50.
The two coaches facilitating the four day course are Kumar Rampat and Ian Allen.
Kumar Rampat is a Cricket Australia Level 3 Cricket Coach and is also considered to be one of the best Cricket Development practitioners in the Caribbean. He is a specialist in the field of Coach Education. Kumar is also a retired Secondary school teacher with over 35 years experience in the field of Education and Learning.
Ian Allen, right arm fast medium, made his Test debut against England at Lord’s, January 20th 1991. Ian played 2 Test matches for the West Indies, with highest score of 4 and picked up 5 wickets for 180 runs.
Ian, played 46 first class matches, scored 506 runs with a highest score 36 at an average of 11.76. Ian picked up 98 wickets at an average of 38.11; he also picked up 7 for 48 in an innings.
The Cricket West Indies’ Coaching Education programme includes the Foundation, Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 Cricket Coaching Courses.
The four day course in Saint Lucia is one of 17 in the Level 1 category to be held by March 2019.
Jimmy Adams, Director of Cricket West Indies says, the revision of the Coaching Education programme is in keeping with the CWI’s plan to ultimately take full ownership of its Coach Education pathway from Foundation right through to Level 3.