Dharamsala could be the training center for cricketers touring England, Australia or New Zealand

Feb 01, 2012 16:48 | Education&Sports
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The U-19 Batters, Bowlers and Keepers undergo a two-week camp at Dharmsala.

Dharamsala/Arvind Sharma

BCCI officials are meeting in Chennai on February 13 to discuss the fallout of the whitewash in Australia. But it has already started thinking on the future developments in this regards.  With the two merciless defeats of the Indian cricketers in two test series of England and Australia, the BCCI now started thinking to train the cricketers to face rising, swinging  fast deliveries. in a recently concluded National Cricket Academy (NCA) committee meeting at BCCI headquarters it was decided that those players picked for different BCCI academies — batting, fast bowling and wicket keeping — will have to undergo a two-week camp at Dharmsala in Himachal Pradesh. As the pitch in Dharamsala is helping seamers, it will give youngsters a fair idea of how to handle swing and movement. The India U-19 side is also scheduled to play the Asia Cup in Malaysia next month.

Although not an official board proposal as yet, the picturesque Dharamsala Cricket Stadium, with the Himalayas in the background, has been earmarked as the site for a seamer-friendly pitch, apart from an academy, where players can prepare before touring tough places like England, Australia or New Zealand. (The Stadium come in to lime light after Pakistan touring teams friendly match, have already become the favorite venue for IPLs. The stadium recently got a green signal from ICC for conducting T 20 and ODI’s.)

 A proposal to this effect is already under consideration and in AGM of September board could took a decision to send their best junior players to train in Dharamsala.  Conferming the proposal the BCCI joint-secretary Anurag Thakur said (on telephone) . "In the past, some BCCI members have suggested Dharamsala as a much suited training place before touring countries like South Africa and Australia". He said that high-altitude training and learning to play on green tops are basic needs and the board wants that  youngsters hone their skills in these challenging conditions.

Talking about the U-19 team’s participation in a quadrangular series in Australia in April, Anuraag Thakur said,”Australian tour will help future cricketers get used to pitches abroad.” As of now, the U-19 team is scheduled to play the U-19 World Cup in Australia in August and it will be ideal preparation

Quadrangular series shall also featuring colt teams from England, Australia and New Zealand