Kirmani wants to see six Souravs from Bengal

Published: Saturday, December 27, 2003, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata: Former Test cricketer Syed Kirmani on Saturday opened a cricket nursery aiming to produce more number of Test playing cricketers from the state of Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly.

"I want to see six Souravs from Bengal playing for India. I will try to instill that ambition and desire in the kids in Kolkata," the legendary wicketkeeper said after the launch of the nursery at the Howrah Union ground in Kolkata.

Bengal youngsters should emulate the Indian captain to become great cricketers and represent the country. "Why should only Karnataka have six players in the Indian team?" Kirmani said in a lighter vein and pointed out that he himself hailed from the Southern state.

The nursery would initially accommodate about 100 trainees and later strengthen its infrastructure to provide training facilities for 200 youngsters in the age-group of eight to 16.

"I will come once in three months to oversee the training. Besides, I will prepare a module for the local coaches to follow," Kirmani, also the chairman of the senior selection committee of the Boardof Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), said.

The nursery would be managed by AllSport, a sport management company floated by eminent sportspersons from various fields and the Howrah Union club.

Kirmani said he has plans to open a coaching camp in his home city Bangalore in near future.

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