There seems to be no silver lining in the dark clouds that have engulfed the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in recent times. If a land deal gone wrong wasn’t bad enough for the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Bharat Arun — coach of the India U-16 and U-19 teams — has resigned as chief of the bowling unit of the facility.
The NCA has already been hit hard in recent times with the BCCI giving pink slips to many officials as it tries to restructure the working of the Bangalore facility.
The head of the batting unit Dinesh Nanavaty had already left and with Arun now resigning, there seems to be no headway in the efforts of the NCA committee to revamp the centre.
While the NCA has, over the years, been a training centre for talented youngsters from around the country, it has also become a rehabilitation centre for injured India cricketers in recent times and that is supposed to be one of the reasons for Arun leaving.
“The attitude of the BCCI towards the NCA has been derogatory in recent times. Even after repeated promises by the Board that it is looking to revamp the structure of the NCA, no worthwhile efforts have been made.
“Arun was trying his best to adapt to the lackadaisical attitude, but he felt that his aim to nurture budding talent, picked from across the country — was met with roadblocks, and he isn’t willing to compromise on that matter,” a top BCCI official told Mail Today. The board’s game development manager Ratnakar Shetty had been assigned the job of setting up a module for restructuring, and it is believed that Arun wasn’t too happy with the fact that Shetty passed the orders sitting in Mumbai, rather than visiting the academy.
“Shetty hardly makes any efforts to come to Bangalore and inspect how things actually work in the academy. The fact that he is happy to sit in Mumbai and pass orders is something that hasn’t helped matters. One needs to be present at the academy to have an idea of how the day-to-day working of the NCA is carried out,” the official said.
But vice-chairman of the NCA Sunil Dev said Shetty was doing justice to his duty of overseeing the restructuring of the NCA. “I think in today’s world when you have such advanced technology, you don’t need a person to be physically present in Bangalore to oversee the working of the NCA. I think that Shetty has done a wonderful job,” Dev told Mail Today. Another official said that the reason behind Arun leaving was something else.
“He has joined the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) as sports director and that is why he left the job in Bangalore. Now that he can stay with his family, why would he want to stay in Bangalore?” he said.
But when contacted, Arun refused to divulge any details on the event.