Monday 19 March 2018

Pakistani pro boosts Balbriggan

THE development of cricket in Balbriggan CC has been boosted by the acquisition of former Pakistan junior international and professional cricketer Mohammad Farrukh as first-team player coach.

The 35-year-old right-handed batsman has made the development of the club his main task.

'We have to finish top three or top four in the league, but my main concern is the development of cricket at the club,' he said.

Farrukh also works as part of Pakistani legend Rashid Latif's Academy and has quite extensive experience at developing talent.

'We have a good bunch of players, but we have to work hard in the nets and hopefully that will help improve everything and make us more competitive.'

The new coach has targeted the youth in the club and expressed the desire to bring them through into the first team. He believes the gap between the second and first team is too great and that any injury to a starting 1st XI player can't be automatically filled by one of the reserves.

'We have a small squad and there is no one to come through if there is an injury to a player in the first team or if there are family commitments.

'I have to look at these players and see where we can improve so that they can come through to play in the first team,' he said.

The newly appointed coach had a chance to run the rule over his team on Saturday when they played The Hills in their final pre-season friendly and although soundly beaten there was a lot of positives for the Division 2 side.

'The game against The Hills showed us where we had to improve on our game, so I'm hoping that after each session we can get stronger and I will be working with the players to help them get better day by day and session by session.'

The club have been further boosted by the capture of Ehtesham Ahmed (Shami). The 29-year-old helped Terenure to promotion from Division 2 by scoring 454 runs.

Fingal Independent