Crucial NCA meeting to focus on restructuring

Kolkata, Aug. 8 -- Restructuring the National Cricket Academy (NCA) will be high on the agenda at a meeting to be held in Bangalore on Thursday. Established in 2000, the NCA went from being a feeder centre to a rehabilitation centre for the cricket Board contracted players. The Hindustan Times had reported in April that the BCCI planned to shut down the NCA and most of its activities have been curtailed.

Revamp

Biswarup Dey, a NCA board member, said revamping the centre will be the focal point of discussions. "We are currently facing a crisis in the NCA. The head of the batting unit (Dinesh) Nanavaty has already left. Bharat Arun, who heads the bowling unit, is on the verge of leaving and there seems to be no headway to this problem right now," Dey told HT from Bangalore on Wednesday.

"We need to decide what role the NCA would play in the future," said Dey, also the Cricket Association of Bengal treasurer.

The board has faced criticism for its decision to release some of its top coaches at the NCA. The members are likely to address the issue of reviving specialised academies across various regions to cater to upcoming talent.

Shut down

The BCCI did run five zonal academies from the 2000-01 season, but they were shut down three years ago after they were deemed superfluous because almost all state associations had started academies and had adequate infrastructure. However, currently three academies are run out of Chennai, Mumbai and Mohali with the focus on grooming youngsters, from under-16 level to under-25.

Published by HT Syndication with permission from Hindustan Times.

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