India news February 15, 2012

NCA to hold open trials in four Indian states

ESPNcricinfo staff

The National Cricket Academy (NCA) will hold open trials for bowlers across four states in India, marking the first time it is giving young cricketers from outside the system an opportunity to earn a place in the academy. The NCA, established in 2000, has until now only included cricketers playing the BCCI's age-level domestic tournaments. Over the next few weeks, it will hold trials for fast bowlers and spinners in Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kasmir, all states that are not traditionally cricketing strongholds.

Boys between the age of 17 and 22, who have not played in any BCCI-run tournament, will be eligible to attend the trials. Karsan Ghavri, bowling coach at the specialised fast-bowling academy in Chandigarh, and Yoginder Puri, former Himachal Pradesh medium-pacer, will supervise the trials and shortlist the bowlers for the NCA.

"The BCCI decided to find some young talent and I am sure we will definitely do some justice, and try and get some good young boys," Ghavri told ESPNcricinfo. He pointed out that their aim was to search for players who, despite never having played in a board-level tournament, "still have the strength and inclination to bowl quick or become a good spin bowler."

The decision was taken at the BCCI working committee meeting in Chennai. The trials come in the wake of India's successive series 0-4 Test series losses in England and Australia. India will also have a new bowling coach after the Australia tour, with Joe Dawes replacing Eric Simons.

In late December, BCCI secretary Sanjay Jagdale had asked the five-man national selection panel to immediately pick a pool of fast bowlers that would act as bench-strength for the Indian team. The pool was to comprise players from India's state teams as well as Under-19 bowlers. The idea was based on a recommendation from Anil Kumble, before he resigned as NCA chairman in December.

Some of the other decisions aimed at improving Indian cricket, made at the BCCI working committee meeting, were to have India A and Under-19 tours to England, Australia, South Africa and West Indies; to found a new academy in Bangalore; and to use neutral venues for all Ranji Trophy matches.

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  • Dummy4 on February 17, 2012, 4:42 GMT

    i very happy ..! i will travel from pune to raipur for trails... just i dnt knw anything abt raipur so wanted to knw on which ground in raipur the trails are..?

  • Dummy4 on February 16, 2012, 16:17 GMT


  • Rupesh on February 16, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    INDIA Need to slect 50-70 young bowlers in age areas of 15 to 21. Need to Groom them for 3-4 years under someone like Wasim Akram OR Joe Davis...! Then only let these guys play only in lomger format for next 2-3 years before they develope maturity as a complete player...!

  • Dummy4 on February 16, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    It is very good news. But this selection needs to extend to other state too, and also this selection should be depending on pure talent; need to care nothing influence like politics and money.

  • Dummy4 on February 16, 2012, 10:25 GMT

    they should also go tho rajasthan(rural area) and eastern part of india like assam,sikkim......... etc hoping this would get INDIA own wasim akram or waqar younis !!

  • rahul on February 15, 2012, 20:04 GMT


  • Dummy4 on February 15, 2012, 19:15 GMT

    shall i say u guys one thing ??

    last time they conducted one similar contest and found the greatest bowler called "abhimanyu mithun" and sent him to australia with other 2 guys i guess one was frm hyderabad and other one was aaron or unadkat i guess.mithun and tht other guy were mere waste and unadkat is pathetic

    t.a sekar is a great coach he is the one who unearthed aaron and umesh yadav in ipl for delhi dare devils hope he unearths 3-4 more fast bowlers this yr for delhi and in to indian team !! hatsoff to tht guy

    dinda,ishant sharma,umesh yadav ,aaron and abu nechim can make any batting line up hop on their feet any day !!

  • Dummy4 on February 15, 2012, 19:00 GMT

    What time does the trial starts ??? Plz reply asap :)

  • Dummy4 on February 15, 2012, 18:00 GMT

    Assamese players have power... one such camp should be held there.

  • Dummy4 on February 15, 2012, 17:23 GMT

    need a camp in assam .....n please scrap the age limit....

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