Durrani to add a new dimension to coaching

Written by: Suresh Parekh
Published: Friday, August 18, 2000, 0:00 [IST]
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Rajkot: India's former ace all-rounder Saleem Durrani is all set to give a new dimension to the coaching system in India. Yes, the former match-winner is to start what could be India's first-ever mobile cricket academy.

Talking to Durrani said that he would like to start it from Jamnagar, the place where he hails from.

My father and I, both, had a tremendous attachment to this city, which has produced cricketers like Vinoo Mankad, K S Ranjitsinhji, K S Duleepsinhji, Ajay Jadeja and others. And that is one of the reasons why I am starting it from here said the former "Prince" of Indian cricket.

"In the initial stage, I would like to choose 40 to 50 boys who are promising from Jamnagar. Same number of boys will be selected from Rajkot, Ahemdabad and perhaps Mumbai too. Local coaches will assist me and they will give important tips and I will stay 15 to 20 days at each centre and to monitor the progress," Durrani said.

"In the next stage, I will select about 20 boys from the academy from each centre and from there I would like to work on their talent to help them represent the country at the highest level."

He also said the road to success is very difficult but not impossible and if the boys keep it in their minds then they could make it too. He said that his plan also included bringing a few top cricketers to the various centres so that they can impart their cricketing expertise on the upcoming generation.

"I can call Prasanna if somebody has any difficulty with off-spin bowling and similarly, cricketers like Sardesai, Chandra (B S Chandrashekar) and others, who have played with me, can also come and coach the boys," he explained.

Durrani also said that for the finance aspect, he said, "I have been asked by a top official on behalf of Mr Mukesh Ambani of Reliance Industries - who have set up a massive refinery near Jamnagar - to finalise the project. If, I get financial help from them, then I can achieve better in a short period of time."

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