Kamran Khan is a victim of NCA's poor coaching, says report

Kamran Khan (L) took nine wickets in eight matches for Rajasthan Royals before switching over to Pune Warriors in the IPL IV AFP

By CricketCountry Staff:

Mumbai: Aug 28, 2011

Kamran Khan the find of Indian premier League (IPL) 2009 has lost pace and confidence due to poor coaching available at National Cricket Academy (NCA), according to a report in Mid Day.

The newspaper quoted an unnamed NCA official on Saturday, “NCA believes in copybook coaching. They are very orthodox in their approach. Rather than solving a problem, they only complicate it.

“Kamran is a classic example in the recent times. He came to the NCA after he was reported for a suspect action in the IPL II in South Africa. The pacer was made to bowl side-on which changed his style and rhythm completely. The poor fellow followed everything in order to continue playing cricket.”

According to the official, the worst part is that Kamran has not only lost his pace but also his confidence due to the so-called rehabilitation process at NCA.

“But he drastically lost pace, which was his principal weapon. His speed dipped to around 90kmph. He also lost his confidence. The way he was handled was very depressing.

“They (RR) sent him to the Centre of Excellence (CoE) based in Australia to rectify his action and get back his pace. The important thing was that they did not change his natural action despite rectifying it,” the source added.

According to the source there is a huge difference between NCA and the Australian Cricket Academy where the former lags behind a mile.

“Kamran needed special attention because of an unusual bend in his bowling arm. He has a slinging action because he fell from a tree during his childhood and that resulted in his right arm being bent. And within a few months, Kamran was back at his best,” the source said before adding, “That s the difference between the NCA and the Australian centre. They (CoE) treat each case differently. They understand body dynamics really well.”

The NCA director of operations Sandeep Patil refused to comment on the matter.”My contract with the BCCI does not permit me to speak to the media,” Sandeep Patil was quoted by Mid Day.