India news February 15, 2012

NCA to hold open trials in four Indian states

ESPNcricinfo staff
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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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  • 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..?

  • on February 16, 2012, 16:17 GMT

    MY CURRENT AGE IS 16 AND I WILL BE 17 YEARS IN MARCH CAN I GIVE THE TRIALS

  • Rupesh2804 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...!

  • 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.

  • 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 !!

  • rahulcricket007 on February 15, 2012, 20:04 GMT

    ONLY 4 STATS ? WHAT ABOUT OTHER STATES?

  • 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 !!

  • on February 15, 2012, 19:00 GMT

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

  • on February 15, 2012, 18:00 GMT

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

  • on February 15, 2012, 17:23 GMT

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

  • 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..?

  • on February 16, 2012, 16:17 GMT

    MY CURRENT AGE IS 16 AND I WILL BE 17 YEARS IN MARCH CAN I GIVE THE TRIALS

  • Rupesh2804 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...!

  • 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.

  • 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 !!

  • rahulcricket007 on February 15, 2012, 20:04 GMT

    ONLY 4 STATS ? WHAT ABOUT OTHER STATES?

  • 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 !!

  • on February 15, 2012, 19:00 GMT

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

  • on February 15, 2012, 18:00 GMT

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

  • on February 15, 2012, 17:23 GMT

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

  • ToTellUTheTruth on February 15, 2012, 16:42 GMT

    Good move. Hopefully BCCI can reimburse those kids that get to these trials from other states also, such as Assam, Tripura, Andhra etc.

  • on February 15, 2012, 16:39 GMT

    Good move by BCCI. Fast bowler are going to come from state, where people and taller and well build body. Place where weather is humid and hot is not going to help. Plus all fast bowlers should be protected. make sure in all matched they do not bowl more than 6 over at a time. Give them break. Fast bowler should be trained in cooler climates. J&K, Himachal are perfect places.

  • inccricket on February 15, 2012, 16:14 GMT

    Good news. India has an abundant talent in Cricket and I always felt that most never bothers to play beyond school / college level as studies takes preference. It would be best if the experts spend little more time at each location as I guess they may have to deal with 1000s of budding players! Also, this must be extended to all states as we don't want to miss out on any potential India hopeful. Thanks BCCI !

  • pritpalpabla on February 15, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    Good move but this is something BCCI needs to do on regular basis in other states as well...

  • on February 15, 2012, 13:36 GMT

    only in 4 states what about others

  • on February 15, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    why no one has a attentions over talent of BIHAR ? nothing had done in past for promoting cricket in BIHAR.....

  • Tendulkars_Tennis_Elbow on February 15, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    @KarachiKid - Your logic is flawed. Why do you presume that Indians do not idolize Imran Khan or Wasim Akram and do not want to play like them? Akram is probably more popular in India than in Pakistan. He lives here, works here and is respected all over for his class, dignity and general awesomeness. The Indians have just not managed their seamers well. Consequently, they have all broken down and come back as slower and not necessarily better bowlers. Once they build a large pool of seamers, it would be easier to manage the workload across the crowded cricket calendar leading to their attack being fresher and efficient.

  • on February 15, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    i think a camp should be organised in assam, because assam has lots of talented fast bowlers.

  • Romenevans on February 15, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    what about batting? It's been our stars studded batting that is failing overseas series after series. Do something about it and make way youngsters by forcefully retiring oldies who won't ever retire by their own will.

  • on February 15, 2012, 10:05 GMT

    why dont they choose the states which are more interested in cricket like up,mp,karnataka,tn,rajasthan,gujarat,maharashtra and ap ?? wht will they get in these remote states ?? hardly 3-5 and the quality of bowlers will be too low for instance take karnataka,tn,up,mp etc they r full of fast bowlers .

  • Naresh28 on February 15, 2012, 9:19 GMT

    Well at least some steps are being taken. For the short term India should look at ATUL SHARMA.

  • Sreek252 on February 15, 2012, 9:01 GMT

    why only 17 to 22???? i m suprised to say the least!!!!

  • on February 15, 2012, 8:57 GMT

    what are the requirements for the trial?

  • satish619chandar on February 15, 2012, 8:54 GMT

    The problem in India is, we have everything setup.. But not sure whether all are functioning.. Wish everything functions some day.. Not sure how godo the new approach is going to be..

  • OkyaBokya on February 15, 2012, 8:45 GMT

    Congratulations BCCI. Somehow I guess BCCI is reluctant accepting the losses and hesitating the post mortem but taking some good decisions in the background. I think its just their ego not to accept. But neverthless something is happening behind the scenes.

  • on February 15, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    This is very good initiative..But need to extend this to all other part of the country

  • Viky_Robin on February 15, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    A very good idea.A belated one but really a healthy move for Indian Cricket.hope this should be carried out in all states.Hope we can find more FAST bowlers.

  • on February 15, 2012, 7:47 GMT

    wow this is great move by NCA. It is golden chance for young players to show their talent. Bowling is the area in which Team India is weak and hope these trails hunt young talent. Selections happen without any favoritism, reservation,etc which is hunting India. The rule here must be the player must have talent and skill that is only criteria noting else. Hope good times come for team India.

  • sachin_vvsfan on February 15, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    SL did this two years ago and it took this long and after so much of humilation BCCI wokeup. Please go to the remote placess and pick up those young guns who have the fire.

  • ashish_gajjar on February 15, 2012, 7:21 GMT

    good move by bcci we need to green top and bouncy wicket for domestic matches....... we have some bouncy pitch like mohali,banglore...

  • KarachiKid on February 15, 2012, 7:18 GMT

    This is so funny - deja vu of sorts. I keep repeating but my Indian friends fail to agree. Basically the wickets in India are down right flat producing batsmen of Sehwag's and Gambhir's abilities - very very good batsmen but generally found out on bouncy/seaming/swinging conditions. Add to that IPL and Sub-Continental obsession with limited overs cricket, even the fast bowlers after some time slow down and work on line length stuff. Irfan Pathan, Ashish Nehra, Ajit Agarkar, Munaf Patel and now Ishant Sharma all slowed down. Pakistan is somewhat different as people from our North are generally strongly built than South. Furthermore, we had fast bowling greats in Fazal Mehmood, Sarfaraz Nawaz and Imran Khan. These guys influenced another breed of fast bowlers. The two W's. These are the heroes for young Pakistani fast bowlers. In India the heroes are Gavaskars, Tendulkar, Dravids, Laxmans etc. So in short flat wickets and IPL are resulting in mediocre performance of Indian fast bowlers.

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  • KarachiKid on February 15, 2012, 7:18 GMT

    This is so funny - deja vu of sorts. I keep repeating but my Indian friends fail to agree. Basically the wickets in India are down right flat producing batsmen of Sehwag's and Gambhir's abilities - very very good batsmen but generally found out on bouncy/seaming/swinging conditions. Add to that IPL and Sub-Continental obsession with limited overs cricket, even the fast bowlers after some time slow down and work on line length stuff. Irfan Pathan, Ashish Nehra, Ajit Agarkar, Munaf Patel and now Ishant Sharma all slowed down. Pakistan is somewhat different as people from our North are generally strongly built than South. Furthermore, we had fast bowling greats in Fazal Mehmood, Sarfaraz Nawaz and Imran Khan. These guys influenced another breed of fast bowlers. The two W's. These are the heroes for young Pakistani fast bowlers. In India the heroes are Gavaskars, Tendulkar, Dravids, Laxmans etc. So in short flat wickets and IPL are resulting in mediocre performance of Indian fast bowlers.

  • ashish_gajjar on February 15, 2012, 7:21 GMT

    good move by bcci we need to green top and bouncy wicket for domestic matches....... we have some bouncy pitch like mohali,banglore...

  • sachin_vvsfan on February 15, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    SL did this two years ago and it took this long and after so much of humilation BCCI wokeup. Please go to the remote placess and pick up those young guns who have the fire.

  • on February 15, 2012, 7:47 GMT

    wow this is great move by NCA. It is golden chance for young players to show their talent. Bowling is the area in which Team India is weak and hope these trails hunt young talent. Selections happen without any favoritism, reservation,etc which is hunting India. The rule here must be the player must have talent and skill that is only criteria noting else. Hope good times come for team India.

  • Viky_Robin on February 15, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    A very good idea.A belated one but really a healthy move for Indian Cricket.hope this should be carried out in all states.Hope we can find more FAST bowlers.

  • on February 15, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    This is very good initiative..But need to extend this to all other part of the country

  • OkyaBokya on February 15, 2012, 8:45 GMT

    Congratulations BCCI. Somehow I guess BCCI is reluctant accepting the losses and hesitating the post mortem but taking some good decisions in the background. I think its just their ego not to accept. But neverthless something is happening behind the scenes.

  • satish619chandar on February 15, 2012, 8:54 GMT

    The problem in India is, we have everything setup.. But not sure whether all are functioning.. Wish everything functions some day.. Not sure how godo the new approach is going to be..

  • on February 15, 2012, 8:57 GMT

    what are the requirements for the trial?

  • Sreek252 on February 15, 2012, 9:01 GMT

    why only 17 to 22???? i m suprised to say the least!!!!