In the last two parts of this story [Links:
1 | Part 2]
has dealt with the imminent problems with the BCCI's academy structure - the
fact that these specialist academies aren't exactly the right way forward, or
that the National Cricket Academy needs to reinvent itself.
Of course, the question here is how. In June
2007, I vividly recall a lunch meeting with the former BCCI president, the late
Raj Singh Dungarpur at the Cricket Club of India. The topic of discussion: taking
Indian cricket forward with the sport at the heart of reforms. That CCI visit came
at the backdrop of a book research trip to Sri Lanka.
Through several interactions with many Sri
Lankan cricketers of both past and present, I learnt that Sri Lankan cricket
had forged an excellent talent scouting and development system, with limited
resources and importantly, a four tier system. This meant that at any point,
they had close to 45 players to work with, across levels - the national team,
the A team, the U19