Cricket Council of Ontario is pleased to announce the Ontario junior program coaching team.
The team will work under the direct supervision of Shah-Saleem Zafar, in charge of Junior Program Development for Cricket Council of Ontario. The new structure, with qualified coaches is a key area of progression for Ontario junior Cricket development program and the aim is to get more Ontario players to move into high Performance group and ultimately to go on and play for Canada and first class cricket.
I believe all the coaches are passionate about coaching youth, have extensive experience, skills and enthusiasm to make a significant contribution to the cricket program in Ontario and Canada.
Farouk Kirmani, who has been recently appointed as Ontario Head Coach will lead the coaching team.
Please join me in welcoming Farouk Kirmani, Kantharatnam Shanthikumar. ( Shanthi), Sanjeewa Perera, Dr. Sameer Bhagirathi and Philip Navaratne to the Ontario Cricket Council Coaching team and in congratulating all of them on their new roles. I know they will be
great additions to the Ontario junior program leadership team.
Former first class player, team Canada Captain, ICC level 1, and Cricket Canada Level 2 certified coach with 10 years cricket coaching experience, specialization in Team Formation, results-focused and challenge-driven cricket coach with extensive experience in junior coaching. He excels in leadership, understands the value of goal setting and the importance of teamwork. He has ability to bounce groom players, and help players improve on weaknesses. He emphasizes that success can only be obtained through hard work and approaching each task with a positive attitude. His career achievements includes – 2 U-15 Championship titles 2008 & 2009, Canadian National U19 Team Coach (ICC Intercontinental Cup, 2009), Assistant Coach to U19 Team World Cup in New Zealand in 2010, Established Canadian Junior Elite Program and Coached Ontario U18 – Canada Cup Title 2012 in Vancouver.
Kantharatnam Shanthikumar. ( Shanthi):
Shanti is a former first class players and member of team Canada and team Bhrain and ICC level 1 certified coach. Shanit has extensive experience in junior coaching in Canada. He has been part of the Ontario and Canada junior program for many years. Shanti was TDCA High Performance coach and Canadian U15 coach that took part in Americas tournament in 2011. His career achievement includes Coach of Canadian u-15, Manager Canadian U-15 team and Ontario U19 at various occasions. He also served as a board member of the Toronto Cricket Association.
Sanjeewa Perera: Sanjeewa is a former first class cricketer in Sri-Lanka and Cricket Australia/ICC level 1 certified coach and has National Coaches Certification Program (NCCP) Canada Level 2 Certification. Sanjeewa has played first class cricket in Sri-Lanka for 6 years. Sanjeewa is currently a head coach of Alliance Cricket Club in Toronto, Coaching two teams. His is responsible for Technical and player development. He is also a member of Cricket Coaches Australia and Coaches Association of Ontario.
Dr. Sameer Bhagirathi: Sameer has strong Ph.D degree in Physical Education, along with Diploma in coaching cricket and ICC level 1 coaching and tutor/assessor certification. Sameer has strong ability to teach youngster basics and fundamentals of cricket. He has been head coach of several universities in India and was head coach Toronto Tower of OPLT20 league. Sameer will be a great asset to the organization to teach fundamentals of the game.
Philip Navaratne: Phil is a former first class cricketer in Sri-Lanka and head coach for Durham Cricket Academy with ICC level 1 certified coach, has National Coaches Certification Program (NCCP) Canada multi-sports Level 3 Certification, Certified Coach Accreditation Tutor Instructor ICC-Level 1 and Certified Coach Accreditation Tutor Instructor ICC-Level 1. Phil is a head coach for Durham Cricket Academy, Assistant coach for Ontario U18 Canada Cup program 2012. Phil is currently assisting in coaching Cricket Canada U19 program and with the National High performance coaching squad.
Shah-Saleem Zafar: Shah has played cricket at university and District level (grade 1) competition in Karachi, Pakistan, played in Toronto in 1970s. Shah is ICC level 1 certified coach and currently coaching several high performance youth at Cricket Academy Canada in Mississauga. Shah bring vast Experience and knowledge of coaching and coaching education system, sound knowledge of developing cricket structures for junior program, Training under structure programs, Identification of deficiencies and improve upon technical weaknesses and raise tactical Skill awareness along with knowledge to improve mental approach to the game and video Analysis.
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