Geoff Lawson impressed with Men's Academy
Wed, Mar 31, 2010 3:08 PM
The ICC European Men's Academy took place this month in Pune, India and it has been a great success.
Geoff Lawson former Australian international and Pakistan National Coach has been in India helping out with the Academy. Lawson had worked with the Global Cricket School previously and in particular with Sachin Bajaj, GCS's MD. The strong relationship between Sachin and Geoff was an important factor in Lawson agreeing to work on the European Men's Academy.
The ex-New South Wales fast bowler captured 395 wickets in his first-class career for NSW and knows exactly what to expect having played at the highest level for 46 test matches and 79 ODIs. He made his debut for Australia in the 1980-1981 season; he took a total of 268 wickets at international level. One of Lawson's most outstanding recognition was winning the Player of the Series award in 1982-1983 Ashes in which Australia won 2-1. He was a fantastic person to have on-board to bring all of his experience to the Academy.
There has been some excellent feedback coming out of the Academy and particularly from Lawson himself: "The week has been absolutely outstanding, the facilities are fantastic, but I expect nothing less, the weather has been great perfect for cricket and all the players have worked exceptionally hard." The programme has been jam-packed making use of the facilities which have included net practices, physical training sessions, psychology classes, 1-1 interviews and centre wicket practice, there hasn't been much free time. He continues on to say: "The guys have been pushed really hard, but have responded, the improvement to see is just outstanding. It is important that each player keeps working hard on the areas of their games that they have acknowledged needs to improve for them to perform at International level."
The cultural experience of having the Academy based in India, is also another fantastic advantage, not only does it give the players professional development, but also a personal development of interacting with a different culture and experiencing a new cultural experience.
Lawson particularly commented on how he enjoyed working with coaches that he had not been involved with before: "Working with the European Academy coaches has been a fantastic learning and social experience. You get to learn about different coaching techniques from each individual to the next and this can only help to improve yourself as well. They are a great bunch of people and we have all got on really well and I have made friends which I shall take away with me."
The players have all shown improvement and this can be seen with victories in the two 50-over matches versus GCS Select X1 and Poona Sports Club X1 which were two outstanding performances particularly from individuals Poynter, Kidd and Evans. Lawson concludes: "Without these academies the development of cricket wouldn't work, it has been fantastically organised and one of the most enjoyable events I have worked on."