Shastri willing to set up coaching camps in LWE areas

Published: Saturday, October 29, 2011, 20:00 [IST]
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Coaching camps at Jhargham stadium

Kolkata, Oct 29: Former India skipper Ravi Shastri has agreed to the West Bengal government's proposal to set up cricket coaching camps in junglemahal and the Darjeeling hills, sports minister Madan Mitra said today.

"The chief minister asked Ravi whether he can possibly set up cricket coaching camps in junglemahal, in the (Darjeeling) hills and in Durgapur. Ravi said he is interested," Mitra, who was present during a meeting between Shastri and chief minister Mamata Banerjee, said. Asked where the coaching centre would be set up in junglemahal, Mitra said, "it can be held at the Jhargram stadium." To another question, Mitra said it was yet to be decided from when the camps will start.

Emerging from the meeting earlier, Shastri said he discussed with the chief minister the importance of creating training opportunities for youngsters to ensure the flow of cricketing talent from this state. 

Asked to comment on the low turnout at the recent ODI and 20-twenty matches at the Eden Gardens here, he said this was because the matches were held in the 'heart' of the Diwali festival. "The pricing of tickets, however, should also be looked into to encourage more people to come and watch the matches," he said.


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