Darren Talbot is a Cricket Coach from England and is now a manager of the Surrey Deaf and England Lions Deaf Teams. Also Darren runs the Twenty20 Cricket Academy and is the head coach of several other clubs including Weybridge Cricket Club, Merrow cricket Club. Darren would like to continue his work with Deaf Crickters in future. Global Cricket Community wishes all the best to Mr. Darren Talbot.
About Darren Talbot
Name: Darren Talbot
Date of Birth: 12th February 1971
Playing Role: Retired – now coach
Batting Style: Attacking left handed
Bowling Style: Left arm orthodox
Address: Epsom, Surrey
Excerpts from an Interview with Mr.Darren Talbot from England by Vishal Yadav
1. Currently where are you playing cricket? Since how long are you playing cricket? What level of cricket have you played so far?
I played under 19 cricket for Surrey alongside Adam Hollioake, Mark Butcher, Alistair Brown. Fell out of love with playing a few years later but found I preferred coaching. Now play rarely usually on tours to Europe.
2. Do you Coach for any club or a team? Mention their names? When was it founded?
I am manager of the Surrey Deaf and England Lions Deaf teams. I run the Twenty20 Cricket Academy which has teams from under 11 up to under 15 level. I am head coach at Weybridge CC, Merrow CC and Director of Junior Coaching at Leatherhead CC.
3. Where do you see yourself in coming 5 years? Where do you want to focus in order to improve your coaching?
I would like to continue my work with Deaf cricketers and be managing and coaching Surrey Deaf team in a Deaf county championship.
4. What are you and your team doing in order to promote cricket as a game and involve many people?
We do a lot of work coaching in local schools to help introduce them to cricket and enthuse them in the game. We then work hard to take them to a local cricket club to keep them involved. We have worked in over 250 schools in the past 8 years.
5. Any recent achievements/activities that you had. (It could be organising a small camp, or just playing a match or organising a cricket camp)?
We have run our Twenty20 Cricket Camps since 2009 where participants play a full Twenty20 game of cricket each day. For 2015 we even have the flashing bails! Last year we had nearly 800 attendees. I managed Surrey Deaf to win the first outdoor Deaf T20 championship in July 2014.
6. Would you like to come to India for a tournament or a coaching camp?
I would very much welcome the opportunity to come to India to coach or lecture about cricket. One of my roles in Surrey is lead mentor for coaches for Surrey Cricket. I would very much like to come to India to mentor coaches.
Or do you want to travel any other country( if Yes, please mention the name)?
Anywhere I haven’t been! I love travelling meeting new people and seeing new cultures.
7. What are the challenges you are facing in your country's cricket? If any, how do you feel to overcome those challenges?
In England we are seeing fewer and fewer volunteers at cricket clubs due to the recession which is putting a strain on those remaining volunteers and leading to a lot of outsourcing of coaching which is a pity. We are trapped by Sky Sports coverage being not free to everyone so many young people never see a game of cricket but the money Sky put into the game is invaluable. We are caught between a rock and a hard place!
8. One thing that you instantly need that would boost the involvement of people in your country's cricket?
More available coaches of a good standard. We don’t do enough to mentor coaches once they qualify. We have many coaches in the UK but not enough of those are as good as we would like them to be – through no fault of their own.
9. Tell in brief (One paragraph). Which country are you supporting this World Cup? And Why?
England! Because I am mad! We will win it one day! My secret support is for New Zealand as I like the way they are playing their cricket at the moment.