|Full name||Ian Leslie Pont|
28 August 1961 |
Brentwood, Essex, England
|Bowling style||Right-arm fast|
|Relations||KR Pont (brother)
K Pont (brother)
|Domestic team information|
|First-class debut||17 July 1982 Nottinghamshire v Middlesex|
|Last First-class||30 August 1988 Essex v Surrey|
|List A debut||6 September 1981 Nottinghamshire v Gloucestershire|
|Last List A||27 June 1990 Lincolnshire v Gloucestershire|
|Source: CricketArchive, 28 May 2010|
Ian Leslie Pont (born 28 August 1961 in Brentwood, Essex, England) is an English former cricketer. Known for a powerful throw and a brief foray into the world of baseball, Pont mainly played for Essex during his career, as did his brother Keith Pont.
Ian Pont is a very well respected bowling coach. He has simplified the technical aspects of pace bowling coaching by creating the 4 Tent Pegs Drill now widely accepted as a blueprint for engineering a safe, robust bowling action whilst increasing speed and accuracy. He is an author of three books.
His first book "The Fast Bowler's Bible" is used by coaches and players at all levels all over the world. His second book "Coaching Youth Cricket" is recommended reading by the ECB. His third publication "Ultimate Pace Secrets" reveals how pace in the bowling action is generated.
Pont, former ECB National Skill Sets Coach, worked with Kent, Warwickshire and Worcestershire, during the 2000s before being appointed Bowling Coach of his native Essex (2006-2008) and Northants (2008-2010)
In 2006/7 he was also made Assistant Head Coach/National Bowling Coach of the Netherlands National team and a selector at the 2007 World Cup.
He was appointed Bangladesh National Bowling Coach from 2010-2011 when the team won 11 of its 14 ODI's up to the end of the 2011 World Cup.
2012 saw Pont appointed Head Coach of the Dhaka Gladiators, for the inaugural Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) and he led the team to tournament victory at the first attempt. He remained the Head Coach of Dhaka Gladiators in the 2nd edition of BPL held in 2013, which the team went on to win again, giving the franchise back-to-back titles.
He is a three time ICC World Cup coach having been at the 2003 South Africa WC (with England), 2007 West Indies WC (with Netherlands) and 2011 India, SL & Bangladesh WC (with hosts Bangladesh).
Pont heads up The Ultimate Pace Foundation in Bangalore, India based at the prestigious Karnataka Institute Of Cricket. His own company, Mavericks Cricket Institute, is based in England and develops talented cricketers.
He has the 2nd longest officially recorded cricket ball throw of all time at 126.18 metres.
He threw the javelin over the Olympic qualifying distance in 1985.
He had tryouts as a pitcher with 6 Major League Baseball teams including New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies in 1986 and 1987.
He was one of the instigators of coloured clothing in English domestic cricket in 1993 after his company Hogger Sports made the replica clothing for the ICC 1992 World Cup.
He presented BBC Essex radio programme "Ian Pont's Sporting Sunday" during 1990's.