Speaking to newsmen after the launch of the academy by MRF vice-chairman and managing director K M Mammen at the M A Chidambaram Stadium on Wednesday, Mr Kirmani said he would impart team spirit through interaction and enforce a sense of discipline among the boys.
"My emphasis is to inculcate discipline and bring about integrity and friendliness among the boys, besides concentrating on the other aspects of the game," he added.
Besides honing their skills and making them a good human being, the players in the academy would be taught on how to become a good team man, he said and added that he would also work on the shortcomings being faced by the players at the international level, fielding and physical fitness.
Though all the five zonal academies have the uniform programme based on the inputs provided by the Australian Cricket Academy (ACA), whose Rodney Marsh is the technical consultant of the National Cricket Academy (NCA), Mr Kirmani said he had the liberty to implement it in a way that suits Indian conditions.
Stating that the boys in the academy knew the basics of the game, he said, "We would be fine tuning them on the system they learnt at their respective academies, through proper procedure and proper cricket programmes to have their footing right."
On the role of wicket-keepers, Mr Kirmani said "wicket keepers are always the best judge. They are the nucleus of the team and in a way they are the unofficial captains of the team." "It's nice that there are three wicket-keepers in this zone," he added.
Inaugurating the academy, Mr Mammen said this was an excellent chance for the boys and they should utilise it well. MRF would render all possible assistance to them, he added.
Tamil Nadu Cricket Association Secretary (TNCA) and Zonal Academy convener Ashok Khumbat said the expertise of Kirmani would help the young boys a lot. The results of the NCA last year had yielded good results with a few players like Yuvraj singh, Hemang K Badani and S Sriram making it to the national team.
He said there would be 20 boys in the age group of under-18 in the Academy and they have a tight schedule over the next two months. "If they do well they would be graduated to the NCA," he added.
A dietician, a sports psychologist and a yoga trainer would assist Mr Kirmani in the training programme. Former Karnataka all rounder J Abhiram and former Tamil Nadu skipper K Bharatkumar would be the assistant coaches.
Since two of the players were shifted to the NCA, Nalin Reddy of Hyderabad and T Kumaran of Tamil Nadu were included at the last minute. Reddy would join the academy later on Wednesday.
Following is the list of players in the academy:
Deepak Chowgule (Karnataka), Nalin Reddy (Hyderabad), T Suman (Hyderabad), A T Raidu (Hyderabad), A S K Varma (Andhra), K Srinivas Rao (Andhra), H T Sudhir Rao (Karnataka), Vikram Kumar (TN), Vinay Uttappa (Karnataka), Mousam Nathanio (Kerala), Stuart Binny (Karnataka), Sherbahadur Yadav (Goa), Chetan Williams (Karnataka), P A V N Raju (Andhra), S Sreesanth (Kerala), Senthil Kumar(Karnataka), Raiphi Vincent Gomes (Kerala), T Kumaran (TN), G Shankar Rao (Andhra), Vishal Kudawla (TN).
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