Ian Pont

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Ian Pont
Julien & Ian (cropped).jpeg
Ian Pont in 2011
Personal information
Full name Ian Leslie Pont
Born (1961-08-28) 28 August 1961 (age 56)
Brentwood, Essex, England
Nickname Ponty
Height 6 ft 2.5 in (1.89 m)
Batting Right-handed
Bowling Right-arm fast
Role Pace Bowler
Relations KR Pont (brother)
K Pont (brother)
Domestic team information
Years Team
1982 Nottinghamshire
1983 Minor Counties
1985–1988 Essex
1985–1986 Natal
1989 Northumberland
1990 Lincolnshire
First-class debut 17 July 1982 Nottinghamshire v Middlesex
Last First-class 30 August 1988 Essex v Surrey
List A debut 6 September 1981 Nottinghamshire v Gloucestershire
Last List A 27 June 1990 Lincolnshire v Gloucestershire
Career statistics
Competition FC LA
Matches 28 26
Runs scored 404 137
Batting average 16.16 19.57
100s/50s 0/1 0/0
Top score 68 36
Balls bowled 3978 1123
Wickets 70 20
Bowling average 35.78 40.45
5 wickets in innings 3 0
10 wickets in match 0
Best bowling 5/73 2/16
Catches/stumpings 5/– 3/–
Source: CricketArchive, 28 May 2010

Ian Leslie Pont (born 28 August 1961 in Brentwood, Essex, England) is an English former cricketer and current International Coach, specialising in T20 as a Head Coach and developing the speed of fast bowlers across all formats. Known for a powerful throw and a brief foray into the world of baseball,[1] Pont mainly played for Essex during his career, as did his brother Keith Pont.[2] Ian Pont won the Nat West (1985), Sunday/Pro 40 League (1985) and County Championship (1986) titles with Essex.



Ian Pont is a world-class bowling coach. With his joint baseball & javelin backgrounds, Pont brought ballistic biomechanics to fast bowling. He has simplified the technical aspects of pace bowling coaching by creating the 4 Tent Pegs Drill and ABSAT coaching now accepted by many respected coaches [3] as a blueprint for engineering a safe, robust bowling action whilst increasing speed and accuracy. He is an author of three books.

His first book "The Fast Bowler's Bible" [4]is used by coaches and players at all levels all over the world. His second book "Coaching Youth Cricket" is recommended reading by the ECB.[5] His third publication "Ultimate Pace Secrets" [6] reveals how pace in the bowling action is generated.

Whilst some feel Pont is far ahead of his time [7] he has also been an inspiration to others to coach speed in fast bowlers and develop on his pioneering work. Creating the phrase "Pre-Turn" for cricket, he has enabled players to focus on hip/shoulder separation, which is key to generating speed.

Pont, former ECB National Skill Sets Coach, worked with Kent, Warwickshire and Worcestershire during the 2000s. Here he spent time working with Shoaib Akhtar who credited him in his book "Controversially Yours" - before being appointed Bowling Coach of his native Essex (2006-2008) where he worked & helped develop a young Dale Steyn. Pont then assisted Northants (2008-2010) with their bowlers' development.

In 2006/7 he was made Assistant Head Coach/National Bowling Coach of the Netherlands National team and a selector at the 2007 World Cup.

He was appointed Bangladesh National Bowling Coach from 2010-2011 [8] when the team won 11 of its 14 ODI's up to the end of the 2011 World Cup.

In 2011 and 2012 he coached Ranji Team, Haryana in India, helping to develop both Harshal Patel and Mohit Sharma.

2012 saw Pont appointed Head Coach of the Dhaka Gladiators, for the inaugural Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) and he led the team to tournament victory at the first attempt. He remained the Head Coach of Dhaka Gladiators in the 2nd edition of BPL held in 2013, which the team went on to win again, giving the franchise back-to-back titles.[9]

He is a three time ICC World Cup coach having been at the 2003 South Africa WC (with England), 2007 West Indies WC (with Netherlands) and 2011 India, SL & Bangladesh WC (with hosts Bangladesh).

Pont heads up The Ultimate Pace Foundation, which is building the world's largest online fast bowling presence through UPFcricket.com .[10] His own company, Mavericks Cricket Institute, is based in England and develops talented cricketers.

In 2016, he was appointed Assistant Coach/Bowling Coach of the Quetta Gladiators in the inaugural edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) based In Dubai and Sharjah, UAE. Quetta Gladiators finished runners up losing the Final to Islamabad United

In October 2016 he was asked by Rajasthan Cricket Association to design & implement coaching camps in Jaipur where he oversaw the training & development of their fast bowlers.[11]


Pont's cricket ball throw of 126.18m set in Bellville, Cape Town in 1981, is the second longest verified throw of all time [12]

He had tryouts as a pitcher with 6 Major League Baseball teams including New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies in 1986 and 1987.[13]

Aside from cricket and baseball, Pont briefly joined Thurrock Athletics Club where he took up the javelin and had basic lessons in technique. It became apparent he had an aptitude and within just six weeks he had thrown the then Olympic qualifying standard of 72m. British Olympic Javelin Coach, Margaret Whitbread, mother of Olympic Gold medallist Fatima Whitbread, saw Pont throw and commented, “he has the most natural throwing arm this side of the Iron Curtain”. Due to Pont’s contract with cricket he never pursued the javelin when many felt he was destined to become a rival to Great Britain star, Steve Backley. [14]

He was one of the instigators of coloured clothing in English domestic cricket in 1993 after his company Hogger Sports made the replica clothing for the ICC 1992 World Cup.[15]

He presented BBC Essex radio programme "Ian Pont's Sporting Sunday" during 1990s.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Biography at official site". Archived from the original on 18 June 2007. Retrieved 18 July 2007. 
  2. ^ "Cricket Archive profile". Retrieved 2007-07-18. 
  3. ^ http://cricketstrength.com/stages-learning-effect-refining-bowling-action/
  4. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/cricket/4998032.stm
  5. ^ http://www.humankinetics.com/products/all-products/coaching-youth-cricket
  6. ^ http://www.thepca.co.uk/ian-ponts-pace-secrets.html
  7. ^ http://www.espncricinfo.com/england-v-south-africa-2017/content/story/1112894.html
  8. ^ http://www.espncricinfo.com/t20champions2010/content/story/477087.html
  9. ^ http://www.ipswichstar.co.uk/sport/winning_back_to_back_titles_is_just_fantastic_says_ian_pont_1_1949823
  10. ^ "Meet The Man Who Has Changed Fast Bowling Coaching". CEOWORLD magazine. Retrieved January 3, 2018. 
  11. ^ http://www.cricketrajasthan.in/about-us/media-releases/pace-bowling-expert-ian-pont-to-hold-camp-for-RCA/
  12. ^ http://www.iol.co.za/sport/cricket/top-coach-helps-proteas-1.575823?ot=inmsa.ArticlePrintPageLayout.ot
  13. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/1987/06/13/world/in-land-of-cricket-the-grand-slam-resounds.html
  14. ^ http://www.thesundayleader.lk/2013/09/15/ian-pont-a-long-shot-to-fill-fords-shoes/
  15. ^ http://www.espncricinfo.com/blogs/content/story/619083.html

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