Ramprakash test drives coaching
Mark Ramprakash hopes that by working with the England Performance Programme and England Lions this winter he will discover if coaching is for him.
Ramprakash, having retired from playing in July, is deputising for the ECB’s lead batting coach Graham Thorpe who has coaching exams.
Former Middlesex and Surrey batsman Ramprakash, who played 52 Tests and 18 one-day internationals, has been passing on advice at the National Cricket Performance Centre in Loughborough and later this month will continue that work in India.
The 43-year-old told ecb.co.uk: “I think this winter is going to tell me a lot more about how coaching is, whether it’s something that really interests me.
“I think it does. So far I’ve been really pleased and I’m looking forward to doing lots of work with the performance squad and the development squad. And so far, as I say, I’m learning a lot and I’m having fun.”
Ramprakash has been impressed by the players who, in the case of the EPP party, could act as injury cover for the senior squad just as Stuart Meaker has for Steven Finn.
“It’s been good fun this week actually. I’ve really enjoyed it. I think the whole environment is wonderful to be around. It’s really elite cricket. The various specialist coaches and support staff here are fantastic to work with,” he said.
“I’m learning a huge amount and the players are very, very lucky I think to be in this environment with all the help that they get and the facilities that they have on offer.
“And the players have approached it brilliantly. Their attitude has been fantastic. You can’t ask for any more as a coach. They’ve had some long days, the players. But they seem very mature, very self-aware and they’re throwing themselves into it.”
Ramprakash is sure he would have benefited as a young player from similar coaching and facilities.
“It’s a huge difference. I’m very envious really. If I had managed to be in this environment (at) 19, 20, 21 years old, I think it would have really helped me as an individual both on and off the field really,” he added.
Having represented England on the sub-continent, he knows the value of playing there.
“As a player I loved travelling and I learned so much going to India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, wonderful places to tour, cricket-mad people there. So as a player it’s a great place to go and I’m sure the players will enjoy it,” he concluded.