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India tie-up with England, Australia to revamp NCA

Nagraj Gollapudi

March 20, 2014

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The NCA, set up for the development of young cricketers, turned to an injury-management centre © Associated Press
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The BCCI has decided to put in place a new structure on the lines of the state-of-the-art high performance centres based in Australia and England as part of the revamp of the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore. The BCCI will tie-up with the both Cricket Australia and the ECB to get experts in for helping draw the new structure.

In the new plan the NCA will have a tie-up with the MRF Pace Foundation to train the fast bowlers from across the country. At a meeting of the NCA board committee, chaired by Kerala Cricket Association president TC Mathew, the BCCI also decided to scrap the three specialist academies (Mumbai - batting, Mohali - fast bowling and Chennai - spin) and replaced them with zonal academies. A separate women's cricket academy will also soon come into existence, it has been revealed. It was also decided to strengthen the academy in the North-East. The NCA will also sign a tie-up with Sri Ramachandra Medical College, Chennai to facilitate player rehab and biomechanics.

"We want to upgrade the syllabus, the nature of coaching and start afresh. We are going to have tie-up with the cricket academies in Australia and England," Mathew told ESPNcricinfo. "We found the faculty as well as the teaching methodology to be obsolete. We have to upgrade to the new standards," he said.

According to Mathew the NCA had become "redundant" in the way it was functioning. The NCA was originally set up to help in the development of young players and become the feeding line to the senior state and national teams. But the absence of an able and permanent figurehead reduced it to a rehab centre, and not the world-class academy that could house eminent coaches to help upgrade skills of young players.

Further controversy riddled the NCA when in 2011 former India captain Anil Kumble quit as NCA chairman, revealing the difference of vision between him and the rest of the committee.

The plan to overhaul the NCA and tie-up with MRF was originally proposed last year but had been lying dormant since last August. According to Mathew, N Srinivasan had instructed his committee to review the NCA. "He wanted a thorough overhaul of the NCA. So now the NCA would be strengthened in many ways. We have to change with times" Mathew said.

Matthew said that an overhaul was also necessary as it was the "backbone" of Indian cricket. According to him the committee found that some of the faculty members were doubling up as examiners. "You cannot be conducting courses as well as judge players as an examiner. Going forward the two roles would be exclusive," Mathew said.

The NCA committee will be meeting end of this month to put in place an elaborate plan with various deadlines.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by   on (March 22, 2014, 15:12 GMT)

Wapuser Other than Johnson how many bowlers bowl at 150?? Indian bowlers bowl at 120s and 130-they would be glad to have two who can bowl at 140 and that is serious pace

Posted by wapuser on (March 21, 2014, 10:48 GMT)

Indian team needs skilled fast bowlers who can bowl 150kph to trouble the opposition with pace & bounce in any format of the game as bowling 140kph is Outdated :-)

Posted by blthndr on (March 21, 2014, 8:25 GMT)

Its the one thing i like about BCCI....no doubt they are money minded bt they know exactly where the money come from and they never shy to invest to get double the revenue from it like a good corporate organization.....over the years they made playing cricket a good profession in india....always take good care of their crickters.....

Posted by vkumar_086 on (March 20, 2014, 18:41 GMT)

Good move by BCCI....really utilising the BIG 3 status....hope it helps in future

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (March 20, 2014, 17:35 GMT)

This is a good move. Why not ? You want the other two countries in bed with you for all the wrong reasons right ? Why not do it for the right reasons - to develop and improve Indian cricket so that our team becomes highly competitive in overseas tours. This is a welcome change. It seems some people in the BCCI have the right priorities. God bless India and Indian cricket.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2014, 17:13 GMT)

Announcement is one thing-implementation well who knows when it will come through

Posted by TNAmarkFromIndia on (March 20, 2014, 16:19 GMT)

Long overdue. The tie-up with the MRF Pace Academy is a welcome change as well. The NCA needs to get the best coaches, trainers, biomechanists, physiotherapists etc. and upgrade its coaching methods to keep up with the times.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2014, 16:03 GMT)

About time to too, my suggestion to BCCI, erhaps not just emulate the ECB and ACB set ups but utilise those set ups also, young talent being sent to Aus and Eng to train in these performance centres. You may ask why ?

Simply conditions can never be replicated, ECB has tried everything under the sun to get technology to emulate the spin friendly conditions of Inda, it hasnt worked as some things are better just being done in reality.

Hence you have a deal signed between the boards, where development squads are sent to each other's set up, India send squad to ECB and ECB send to Aus and Aus send to India.

For India it would help guys who havent played in Eng or Aus come to an understanding regarding the playing conditions. Of course the other training and specialised coaching could take place.

Posted by ODI_BestFormOfCricket on (March 20, 2014, 15:52 GMT)

dfnly it could be a rumour, wait and watch bcci will refute.

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