National Cricket Academy set to spread wings

Published: Wednesday, December 21, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Bangalore:An NCA (National Cricket Academy) meeting held here today, attended by NCA Chairman Sunil Gavaskar, NCA Director Shivlal Yadav and NCA members besides BCCI Secretary Nirajan Shah, discussed the possibility of setting up zonal academies in different regions.

Shah told reporters later that a vast country like India needs zonal academies, modelled on the NCA here, to train budding cricketers from all parts of the country.

"We are looking at it", he said.

Yadav, who replaced KSCA Secretary Brijesh Patel as NCA Director, said the proposal is to set up zonal academies at Chennai (south zone), Mohali (north), Kolkata (east), Mumbai (west) and Nagpur (central).

He said it was decided to hold NCA Committee meetings regularly and address issues for the betterment of its trainees. He said the Spin Wing would be merged with the NCA, and there would be no separate entity.

Responding to a question, Yadav said NCA would be glad to avail the services of India's national cricket coach Greg Chappell, who is based here, whenever he gets time off his coaching commitments for the senior side.

"Whenever he (Chappell) is free and Indian calendar (schedule of Team India) permits, NCA will be more than happy to involve him (Chappell) and take his guidance from time to time", he said. "But it all depends on whether he is free or not".

The Committee expressed satisfaction at NCA's functioning so far but felt there is room for improvement, he said.

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