New Delhi: The National Cricket Academy is hosting a camp in Bengaluru to help players from the northeastern states and those in the plate group upgrade their skills under the tutelage of renowned coaches, including Ashes winning bowling coach Troy Cooley.
Nearly 150 cricketers from the region will take part in the camp and they will also get in touch with NCA Head and India’s great VVS Laxman.
The BCCI wants to ensure that players from Mizoram, Manipur, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim get the best coaching and infrastructure facilities to be on par with the best domestic teams.
“This BCCI initiative gives young and budding talents an equal opportunity to hone their skills and represent India in all formats. NE has huge potential in the sport and the board will leave no stone unturned to ensure we can tap into the best talent for the country,” tweeted BCCI Secretary Jay Shah.
The fast bowlers are trained by one of the world’s acclaimed pace bowling coach Cooley, while batsmen work under the guidance of U-19 World Cup winning coach Hrishikesh Kanitkar.
The spinners are under former India leg spinner Sairaj Bahutule.
While BCCI has not provided details on the length of the camp, it is clear that the NCA has established a number of coaching programs including U-19 Zonal Cricket Academy camps to be held in various cities including Surat, Vijaywada to name a few.
Based on performance up to the quarter-finals of the Cooch Behar Trophy (U-19), 150 players (25 from each of the six zones, including NE and new areas) have been selected for the camp.
It includes nine pacers from each of the six zones and there will be a goal to increase the pool of fast bowlers.
After the first camp, it will be further pruned and those who will be the next batch of India U-19s will be selected.
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