There is not much cricket played in Japan and not many places to practice. Despite the lack of cricketing culture there are pockets of cricketers. These include Shun, who emailed me recently.
Shun's problem is that he does not have much in the way of facilities or equipment to practice. The nearest nets are 2 hours away from where he lives.
How can he and his friends practice with no facilities?
The simple way for me would be to just get out there and enjoy it with the space and kit they have. Some of the best games of cricket I have ever had have been in my back garden with a tennis ball and ancient bat. I scored my first hundred in the garden!
Fielding drills require nothing more than a ball and some space, it's easy to setup an impromptu game in a park and you can use bodyweight for fitness training.
It's true that more equipment and well trained coaches give you more options but sometimes, as Greg Chappell is keen to point out, you can learn a lot more by just playing cricket and forgetting about the latest training aids.
By all means use the equipment and facilities you have available, but if resources are limited get creative and use what you have. It will make you a better cricketer.
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