Ian Pont

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Ian Pont
Julien & Ian.jpeg
Ian Pont (right)
Personal information
Full name Ian Leslie Pont
Born (1961-08-28) 28 August 1961 (age 55)
Brentwood, Essex, England
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm fast
Role Pace Bowler
Relations KR Pont (brother)
K Pont (brother)
Domestic team information
Years Team
1982 Nottinghamshire
1983 Minor Counties
1985–1988 Essex
1985–1986 Natal
1989 Northumberland
1990 Lincolnshire
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
Career statistics
Competition FC LA
Matches 28 26
Runs scored 404 137
Batting average 16.16 19.57
100s/50s 0/1 0/0
Top score 68 36
Balls bowled 3978 1123
Wickets 70 20
Bowling average 35.78 40.45
5 wickets in innings 3 0
10 wickets in match 0
Best bowling 5/73 2/16
Catches/stumpings 5/– 3/–
Source: CricketArchive, 28 May 2010

Ian Leslie Pont (born 28 August 1961 in Brentwood, Essex, England) is an English former cricketer and the ex-bowling coach of team Quetta Gladiators.[1] Known for a powerful throw and a brief foray into the world of baseball,[2] Pont mainly played for Essex during his career, as did his brother Keith Pont.[1]

Biography[edit]

Overview[edit]

Ian Pont is a bowling coach. He has simplified the technical aspects of pace bowling coaching by creating the 4 Tent Pegs Drill now accepted by many respected coaches [3] 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" [4]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.[5] His third publication "Ultimate Pace Secrets" [6] 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. Here he spent time working with Shoaib Akhtar who credited him in his book "Controversially Yours" - before being appointed Bowling Coach of his native Essex (2006-2008) where he worked & helped develop a young Dale Steyn. Pont then assisted Northants (2008-2010) with their bowlers' development.

In 2006/7 he was 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 [7] when the team won 11 of its 14 ODI's up to the end of the 2011 World Cup.

In 2011 and 2012 he coached Ranji Team, Haryana in India, helping to develop both Harshal Patel and Mohit Sharma.

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.[8]

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.[9] His own company, Mavericks Cricket Institute, is based in England and develops talented cricketers.

In 2016 he was appointed Assistant Coach/Bowling Coach of the Quetta Gladiators in the inaugural edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) based In Dubai and Sharjah, UAE. Quetta Gladiators finished runners up losing the Final to Islamabad United

Additional[edit]

Pont's cricket ball throw of 126.18m set in Bellville, Cape Town in 1981, is the second longest verified throw of all time [10]

He had tryouts as a pitcher with 6 Major League Baseball teams including New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies in 1986 and 1987.[11]

Aside from cricket and baseball, Pont briefly joined Thurrock Athletics Club where he took up the javelin and had basic lessons in technique. It became apparent he had an aptitude and within just six weeks he had thrown the then Olympic qualifying standard of 72m. British Olympic Javelin Coach, Margaret Whitbread, mother of Olympic Gold medallist Fatima Whitbread, saw Pont throw and commented, “he has the most natural throwing arm this side of the Iron Curtain”. Due to Pont’s contract with cricket he never pursued the javelin when many felt he was destined to become a rival to Great Britain star, Steve Backley. [12]

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.[13]

He presented BBC Essex radio programme "Ian Pont's Sporting Sunday" during 1990s.[citation needed]

References[edit]