Bangalore, Jun 19: Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA), in its bid to tap talent at the grassroots level, began its operation of the Royal Challengers Karnataka State Cricket Academy at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium premises on Monday. The academy was formally inaugurated by Karnataka Chief Minister DV Sadananda Gowda in the presence of former India cricketers GR Viswanath, Roger Binny, Javagal Srinath and Anil Kumble among others.
Srinath is the secretary of KSCA while Kumble is the president of the association. Binny is one of the vice-presidents. Sadananda Gowda batted few deliveries from Binny.
KSCA also introduced the Cognitive Video-Based Coaching System, the cricket coaching technology.
The academy will be supported by the city-based UB Group. Viswanath is the chairman of the academy.
"Until now, there has been an over-emphasis on representation. We want to change that. We want players to be patient and understand that it's about enhancing their skills first," said Srinath.
The academy open in six second tier cities of Mysore, Mangalore, Shimoga, Tumkur and Hubli.
"Technology is not intimidating here. It is not dictating terms. It is only making learning easy and simple," explained Srinath, talking about the new coaching technology.
"At one point, players from Karnataka made up half of the Indian team.
"I'm happy that Kumble, Srinath and others have now joined hands to help us return to the glory days. You can see it's not just talk - they have actually implemented all this technology. I hope with this the academy will deliver good results," said the Chief Minister.
"I have been told that they are going to take this training to second tier cities as well. I have told them that the government will give them any support they need. They've placed a few requests with us, that they need 50 acres of land in Chikballapur etc. We'll help them as best we can," Sadananda Gowda added.
The academy now has 420 cricketers, from all the 30 districts of Karnataka and are in the age group of 14 to 19 years.