Dip in team`s form will not affect demand for Aus coaches: CA

Mumbai: Their aura of invincibility may have been shattered following defeats against England, India and South Africa, but it would not have any negative impact on demand for coaches from the country, Cricket Australia`s coaching programme manager Matthew Betsey said today.

"The Australian team hasn`t performed as well as it usually does in the last two-three years. But the structure is good. The strong point of the system is that because of the structure, we know where our next breed of cricketers would be coming from," Betsey said here today.

"There is a certain planning involved and the methodology is structured. It (Australia`s defeats) may have some effect, but the entire cricketing world knows that Cricket Australia (CA) has a good system in place," he added.

Betsey, who is here to present a raft of coaching education courses in the Cricket Education Programme, said the country`s defeats had in fact helped in generating a lot of interest about the game among Australian spectators.

"After we lost last year in England, the interest (among the public) actually grew. Because people now feel the game won`t be one-sided and they will get to watch some good, exciting cricket. This is what happened in the recent series against India," he said.

"However, they know this is just a temporary blip as they believe in the system," he added.

Cricket India Academy (CIA), a division of Sports Education Development India Limited, in conjunction with Cricket Australia and Fourth Dimension International, is training, assessing and certifying coaches through the Cricket India Academy Induction Programme that ends on October 30.

Betsey, along with Fourth Dimension International CEO Ross Emerson, both Cricket Australia Level Three Coaches, are leading the training programme to certify Indian coaches who would impart Cricket Education Programmes to budding players.

For 2010, 26 coaches have been picked for the programme have by CIA Coach Director Pravin Amre and they hail from Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur and Jaipur, Emerson said.

Cricket Education Programme is a six-level entity developed by Cricket Australia for boys and girls aged between 9-14 years.