Inaugural ICC Americas HPC South Under Way in Argentina
Fri, Jan 20, 2012 10:10 PM
The inaugural ICC Americas High Performance Camp South got under way in Buenos Aires, Argentina on Monday, with players from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Panama and Peru in attendance. The 18 players are based at St Georges School in Quilmes for the week with coaches Andy Pick, Wendell Coppin and ECB Spin guru Chris Brown. The week long programme will see the players given help in all aspects of the game from individual technical help to tactical advice in match play settings with translation given within the group. The camps only wicketkeeper, Santiago Chavez is benefiting from some close 1 on 1 coaching from Henry Don, an English student who is helping on the camp. Don is doing some work for Argentina Cricket is an ECB Level 2 coach and was a top wicketkeeping prospect when he was younger. Santiago commented "It’s great!! I have never had specialist help with my wicketkeeping before. It has reinforced things I knew before and taught me lots of new stuff!"
The days are made up of specialist sessions, fielding sessions and batting sessions which all players are involved in. There are also game situations set up and players are put under pressure out in the middle and the way they play and the decisions they make are evaluated and discussed at debriefs. The group has quickly come together and there is a great atmosphere among the players with players enjoying each other’s successes, never more obvious than yesterday when Rodrick Foster from Costa Rica took a stunning catch in the matchplay and the whole group, staff included, mobbed him!! When asked about his catch Rodrick said " My first thought was do I have the ball, then I realised I got it! I got it!" The catch was Day three’s champagne moment.
Day 2s champagne moment was provided by Ernesto Arrarte, who hit two perfect cover drives in three balls during his net. He said, "I had been practising cover drives for two days learning the technique and then in my first net I played the perfect shot without thinking, it made me very happy."
There is quite a range of ability at the ICC Americas HPC South but the structure of the camp allows players to focus on their own improvement and not be worried about how they compare to others. We have seen improvements in players in lots of areas already and we look forward to a continuation of that trend as the week goes on and the camp culminates with a match on Sunday.