Irfan Nasir is a National Cricket Player from Singapore and now a full time Cricket Coach for Singapore Cricket Association. Nasir has been into Coaching since 2008. Nasir has represented Singapore in all the age groups like U-12, U-13, U-15, U-17, U-19, U-23 & then Senior Team. Well that's not enough. Nasir is also Coaching Singapore National Women's Cricket Team and is focussing on increasing the number of women cricketers. At the School Level, Nasir aims to groom and train young players and prepare them for the National Level. Nasir's contribution towards Singapore Cricket has been tremendous. In the Interview, he highlights some of the challenges and also mentions ways in which these challenges can be tackled.
1. Tell us about you?
Full Name: Mohamed Irfan Nasir Madakia
Date of Birth:08 June 1990
Playing Role: Bowler
Batting Style: Right Hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right Arm Off Break
2. At Present: Are you a Coach? A cricket player? A cricket related business? A club Owner? A cricket Fan? Mention your work profile (if anything else).
I am currently a full time coach. I have been coaching since the age of 18 when I first did my Asian Cricket Council (ACC) level 1 coaching course in Bahrain. Subsequently went for my ACC Level 2 in Malaysia.
I am a player as well for the Singapore National Men’s Team.
3. Are you playing cricket currently? If Yes - Since how long are you playing cricket? What level of cricket have you played so far in your country?
Yes, I have been playing since the age of 10. I have represented Singapore in all age groups ( U-12,U-13,U-15,U-17,U-19,U-23) as well as the senior men’s team.
4. Do you play for any club or a team? Mention their names? When was it founded? Where are you working currently?
I play for Singapore Cricket Association (SCA) Division 1 team and I am also the captain of the Division 2 team.
I work for a cricket academy (Rex Martens Cricket Academy) as well as for the Singapore Cricket Association (SCA).
Currently I am coaching the Singapore Women’s Team , Singapore U-16 National Team (Assistant coach) as well as locals schools (Raffles Institution )
5. Where do you and your team see yourself in coming 5 years? Where do you want to focus in order to improve your cricket?
As a coach for local schools in Singapore I would like to groom and train as many young players and prepare them for the national level so that they can have the chance to represent the country. Get more local school kids playing the sport as it is essential to have home grown talent.
For the national women’s team I would like to increase the number of women playing the sport and as well as getting as many locals interested in the game. I would like to bring the women’s team to a global level. I see a lot of potential in our women’s team and I can see them go far in the next few years.
As for the U-16 national team that I currently have a role as an assistant coach, I would like to groom the youngsters to be at a level that will allow to compete with other top teams around the region. Also making sure that they will be able to go up to the next level which is the under-19’s.
7. Any recent achievements/activities that you had. (It could be organizing a small camp, or just playing a match or organizing a cricket camp or playing a tournament series) Do mention the date.
Just recently in the month of May my local school U-19 team (Raffles institution) won the National schools U-19 tournament.
I just toured Bangladesh (11th to 19th of june) with the Singapore National U-16 team. I had a very positive experience and I was able to increase my knowledge and learn many new things from the local experienced coaches in the country as I am still young as a coach. The exposure that our players got was very good and more tours like this will be able to make our players improve.
Preparing the Women’s National Team for a tournament coming up in August. An annual 3 match tournament between Singapore and Malaysia.
8. Would you like to come to India for a tournament or a coaching camp?
Or do you want to travel any other country (if Yes, please mention the name)?
9. What are the challenges you are facing in your country's cricket? If any, how do you feel to overcome those challenges?
We don’t have many local people playing the game.
Many people are not aware of the sport in the country.
By going to local schools and educating youngsters on the sport. By having more coverage of the sport on different forms of media. (Facebook, Newspapers, TV ).