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Whatmore keen to make NCA a top-class academy

Published: Wednesday, October 24, 2007, 3:35 [IST]
 
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Bangalore: The newly-appointed Director of National Cricket Academy (NCA) Dav Whatmore today said he would do his best to make a meaningful contribution to the development of young Indian players and prepare them for senior International competition.

Talking to reporters on his first visit to the city after being named as the NCA Director, he said the Academy was in operation for eight years and served the Indian Cricket very well. He hoped to improve it further.

''Naturally I would like to have some changes and shift in the focus as well. But I cannot divulge that yet. The only aim will be to make it as strong as possible and make it work well and help develop future stars of International Cricket'', he said when asked about the changes he wanted to bring in.

Whatmore said the chance to become the NCA Director came 'out of the blue' when NCA Chairman Ravi Shastri offered him the job soon after taking over the Academy. ''He called and we had a nice chat.

After a few days of serious thinking I decided to go along with it''.

The World Cup-winning former Sri Lankan coach said coaching national sides and the boys at NCA was very different but nevertheless very exciting.

He was very happy for the young T20 team that won the World Cup in South Africa in the ultra abridged version of the game. ''We had a big taste of T20. These boys don't have any fear and I think they are very athletic and have skills as well. It is surprising as they are so young and lack the experience'', he added.

Whatmore said his experience as former coach of Sri Lanka and Bangladesh would help despite the work at NCA being different. ''Still it is the sub-continent area and it is about understanding young boys and help them achieve what they want to achieve''. The South African born former England cricketer said besides developing young cricketers, the NCA's role would be to coach those few cricketers who had been dropped, had lost a bit of form or correct those who had let a few 'bad habits' creep into their technique. ''The opportunity to correct these may not be there in their local set-up and we at the NCA will provide that opportunity to correct them'', he said.

He said Ravi Shastri as the Chairman of the NCA had given him full authority through the BCCI to get full-time staff, to even buy in some expertise which may not be readily available in India.

However, all these matters would be revealed later.

He appreciated Ravi's forward thinking attitude and said his appointment as Chairman of the NCA also reflected what the BCCI thought about him. ''I am very happy'', Mr Whatmore added.

UNI

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