Mumbai, Aug 27: India's debacle in the recently concluded Test series against England has opened up a string of scathing attacks on the National Cricket Academy situated in Bangalore. This time joining the chorus is former India all-rounder and one of its earliest co-director Roger Binny.
Binny was quoted by Mid-Day as saying, "We started out on the same lines as the Australian Cricket Academy (ACA). That's why we had Rodney Marsh set it up -- the seeds were planted nicely. The whole idea was to bring U-19 and other junior cricketers and work with top-class coaches for a lengthy period."
And added, "However, that never happened since there's no continuity in the coaching process. "Players join the academy and are sent home after a month. That's why NCA is losing out. It's become very mechanical, players need to be treated on a personal level."
Further elaborating his point, Binny said, "Having them (players) here for one month doesn't serve purpose. What's the point of having separate batting and bowling academies? The batsmen need to face good bowlers, and vice-versa. They have to be under one roof (like the Australian module). This isn't working out."
Disagreeing with the view that the NCA is not the ideal platform for player rehabilitation, Binny said, "The players are to be blamed because they don't want to sit out due to injury and allow the recovery process to take place. NCA cannot be blamed for that. There's a lot being said about certificates being handed out easily. Don't forget, the players are accepting them, and selectors are hurrying them back into the national side."
Arguing that Anil Kumble, must be given a free hand in order to restore NCA to its premier status, the 1983 World Cup winning member said, "Anil has brought in some good ideas, but unfortunately they haven't been put in place yet. Give him a free hand because he is the right man for the job. He just finished playing at the highest level. There's nobody else in the country to do this job better."
It can be recollected that he alongwith Hanumanth Singh was one of the earliest co-directors of the NCA during the inaugural year in 2000.