Thursday 20 September 2007 

Pont Set To Leave Essex

Essex fast bowling coach, Ian Pont, is to leave the Club in December to concentrate on developing his own coaching business. The ECB National Skill Sets coach, and author of The Fast Bowler’s Bible, runs his own successful cricket academies under the ‘Mavericks Cricket’ banner. And it is the growth of these, plus emerging opportunities outside Essex, that Pont wishes to concentrate on.

Pont said: “I have recently been out to South Africa working with first-class players and other countries where there are some excellent openings for world-class cricket camps. I work with players privately too, which is a big growth area for me at the moment. In addition, the ABSAT (Advanced Biomechanics, Speed & Accuracy Technique) coaching methods I have been using are proving very popular with other coaches meaning my ABSAT coach education courses fill fast. These are the fields I wish to focus on right now.

The 45-year-old former paceman will complete his current part-time role at Essex until it expires at the end of 2007.

Pont continued: “There are some good prospects coming through at the Club. During the past three years I hope I’ve been the catalyst for them to carry on working at their understanding of fast bowling, which is the key to being successful.

“I’d like to thank Essex and, in particular, Ronnie Irani for bringing me back to do an important job here. However, it’s time for me to move on and for someone else to take things on. I wish the Club well for the future and hope the youngsters can develop as I know they should. I will still carry on with my ECB regional and national work and look forward to helping the next generation of fast bowlers coming through, from whichever county they play. ”

Essex Chief Executive David East said: “I would like to thank Mavericks and Ian Pont for their support and expertise over the last three years and, specifically, wish Ian well for his further involvement in coaching.”

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