India news September 30, 2010

NCA to focus on character as well as cricket - Kumble

ESPNcricinfo staff

Former India captain Anil Kumble has said that his responsibilities as National Cricket Academy (NCA) chairman will involve the moulding of the personalities of young players in addition to imparting cricketing skills. Kumble's appointment to the role, replacing Ravi Shastri, was announced by the BCCI on Wednesday.

"The way I see it, it's an opportunity to put together a structure that will help in the development of young cricketers," Kumble told Hindustan Times. "The role of the NCA is not just to churn out cricketers, but to churn out really good personalities and well-rounded individuals.

"This is not something that will happen in a year or two. It's a continuous process for various sets of cricketers, right from the youngsters who are in the NCA to those who come back to it at different stages."

Kumble retired from international cricket in 2008, finishing as India's highest wicket-taker in the Test and ODI formats. He has continued playing in the IPL, with his elevation to the captaincy role for Royal Challengers Bangalore sparking a revival in the team's fortunes. After finishing seventh out of eight teams in the inaugural edition, they reached the knock-out stages of the next two seasons under him, making the cut for the Champions League on both occasions. The NCA role puts him in a good position to pursue his ambition of guiding India's young cricketing talent.

"It will help that I'm still involved in that many of the youngsters around would have played either with me or against me. It will help that they have some sort of comfort level with me and that they can approach me if they need something," Kumble said.

While saying he was keen on developing the next line of cricketers for the country, Kumble did not lose sight of the present. Rigorous schedules and lucrative Twenty20 leagues have had their say on fitness, forcing India to play important tournaments without their first-choice cricketers. Kumble was aware of the situation and told the newspaper DNA that the NCA would address the challenge of keeping the players match-fit.

"There must be a pipeline in place for a fresh talent pool to emerge, but we must also make sure the present talent pool remains focussed, motivated and in the best physical and mental shape to keep delivering for the country," he said.

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  • Nabeel on October 2, 2010, 15:53 GMT

    A masterstroke from Indian Cricket bosses. Kumble has shown exemplary level of discipline, commitment and hardwork during his playing days. Also in his brief tenure as a captain he showed he did his homework well in advance. I am sure with his management, planning and dedication he will be able to take NCA to the next level and also chart out a future roadmap for this university of cricket to help India in evolving the next generation of smart and discilined cricketers. I wish him the very best and hope he is able to implement his vision without the regioanl politics.

  • Diganta on September 30, 2010, 23:05 GMT

    can't help but wonder what ravi shastri contributed in the time he was the NCA chairman. dav whatmore was the best thing to happen to NCA but it was only a matter of time before he joined the ipl bandwagon. full time all weather commentators like shastri should be barred from holding key cricketing posts that call for 8/5 commitment.

  • imran on September 30, 2010, 18:01 GMT

    I follow Indian cricket as close as Pakistan Cricket. One thing that I would say about Indian Cricketers and Management is that they are very professional in what they do and how they do it. Their board is very organized and disciplined. And of course powerful too. What is hard to produce in Indian is the bowling stock. That lacks the most and if I am not wrong there was a time when fortunes in India and Pakistan were reversed. Pakistan a batting power house and India a bowling mine. But Imran Khan and the era changed all and it impacted both of countries negatively. I don't consider Kumble a best ever produced but he was the most professional spinner India produced. Talent vice he was not as good as he is believed. Shastri on the other hand was very talented all rounder and one of the finest in his time but he never got the fair opportunities. Now taking all that into account one must remember that talent doesn't always constitute you being a good manager or coach.

  • Dummy4 on September 30, 2010, 16:51 GMT

    am shocked tht Ravi Shastri was the incumbent !! not the most appropriate man i would think..

    nyway i think this is a very very good decision tht BCCI have taken.. this was something tht Harsha Bhogle had mentioned in an article earlier.. Kumble wil bring teach the youngsters to respect the game and have their feet grounded when the money starts flowing in ..

  • Dummy4 on September 30, 2010, 16:27 GMT

    Anil kumble is an extremely approachable man with a dry wit and a selfeffacing nature. His communication skills are great and he can instill a sense of self belief and a die hard " in the Trench kinda fighting spirit "of which he was most revered and admired. His success despite not being the orthodox wrist spiinner and the greatest turner of a legbreak would inspire the wards to push further, and believe that there are different routes to Success and most importantly he would make sure that for all the modern Scientific inputs available for coaching staff he would one hopes not "coach out the natural skill" Amidst all this one must not forget his fitness regimen that keeps his game going still...Btw One of the Best selections BCCI has ever made!Goodluck Anil

  • surya on September 30, 2010, 14:46 GMT

    As long as shouting at fellow fielders doesnt figure in the curriculum,kumble would do a great job.[:P].Seriously,Kumble's inclusion is perhaps the best thing BCCI has done for some time.It was shocking to see shastri being such a role of great responsibilities when making cash out of TV committments and IPL were his primary motives.

  • Srikanth on September 30, 2010, 14:21 GMT

    Kumble, The legend of Indian cricket is a humble man with prinicples of life. He will bring integrity to the new role. Wish you all the best Kumble. Captaincy has come late to him who would have been a true modern cricket leader. But the NCA roles has come soon and we need you services for Indian cricket. Lucky you NCA!!!

  • Kalyan on September 30, 2010, 13:31 GMT

    Couldn't agree more with CricketMaan. Shastri was a bench warmer in this position. Kumble will only bring integrity and passion to this role.

  • Amit on September 30, 2010, 12:50 GMT

    We cannot claim to know Kumble "the person", but from what we see on TV, we know that he is a fierce competitor on the field. His body language on the field towards his team-mates, however, is demeaning and humiliating at times which can put off youngsters. One sincerely hopes that Kumble recognizes this minor flaw, because otherwise he is one of the finest cricketers our country has ever produced.

  • Tim on September 30, 2010, 12:45 GMT

    Finally! Finally! Finally! Dont misplace my excitement and presume I love Anil Kumble as this is most certainly not the case. I am simply pleased that at last, a cricket academy has shown some initiative and appointed a coach that understands the current generation & the way the game is played today. Sure all these older experienced guys are great, but they are from previous generations and the game has evolved. Great move India and lets hope more nations take notice of this.

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