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Thatscricket - News - Chicken pox, injuries down NCA trainees

Published: Thursday, June 14, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Kolkata: Close on the heels of injuries comes chicken pox, the latest scourge at the East Zone chapter of the National Cricket Academy (NCA). Four of the 23 trainees have been infected and there are fears that more may be affected as the disease spreads through their hotel in eastern Kolkata.Saurav Sarkar, Mayukh Biswas, Subhas Chakraborty and Ritesh Jaiswal are the players down with chicken pox, while Nilanjan Behera, Bunty Biswal and Bikramjit Bhowmick have injuries. The trainees at the residential academy in the under-18 age group come from Orissa, Assam, Tripura and Bengal.Coaches at the academy say they will be hard pressed to put up a team when the zonal academies get together for a tournament in Bangalore later this month. "How can we have a decent team when five to seven of first-11 players are not available?" wonders Barun Burman, one of the coaches. "No one could have foreseen a situation that would have so many sick or injured, but we'll have to cope with it somehow. I only hope the weather is kind to us," added Burman.Orissa's Jimut Mohanty and Randhir Singh of Bihar are the other coaches assisting chief coach Arun Lal, who is now in Singapore commentating on television on India's tour of Zimbabwe.Olympian ace Paes is the physical instructor at the academy. NCA's east chapter will play its first match in the inter-zonal tournament against the south on June 28.While chicken pox and injuries have set back the academy, the rains have further ruined the schedule. Monsoon has set in West Bengal and, with indoor facilities at the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) being renovated, work at the academy has been restricted to physical training and the odd fielding sessions.The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) set up NCA in Bangalore last year on the lines of the famous Australian Cricket Academy (ACA) in Adelaide. The NCA has since branched out to five zonal academies this year.Coaches are also worried that the programme provided by Australian consultant and former Test player Rodney Marsh on his visit to the zonal academy last month may not be completed on time. The first two-month stint of the academy gets over June 23 and the coaches are keeping their fingers crossed that chicken pox or injury does not claim any more victims.IANS

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