The month-long camp, which started on Monday, will host 25 selected players who have been hand-picked via a meticulous process    Getty Images
The month-long camp, which started on Monday, will host 25 selected players who have been hand-picked via a meticulous process Getty Images

Bengaluru: Twenty five junior cricketers selected from five zones have joined the annual U-16 camp of the National Cricket Academy (NCA). The month-long camp, which started on Monday, will host 25 selected players who have been hand-picked via a meticulous process that starts with zonal camps leading to inter-zonal tournament from which the final cricketers are send for the NCA camp. Zonal Camps were conducted from April 22 to May 21 at Dharamsala, Baroda, Jaipur, Hubli and Ranchi. A total of 25 players participated from each zone. 15 players from each zone were selected for the inter-zonal tournament held at Hubli, Belgaum from May 24 to June 6. Junior cricketers given exposure to Duke, Kookaburra balls in U-19 camp

Earlier, country s junior cricketers have been exposed to different manufacturers of balls currently used at the domestic and international levels during the annual U-19 camp at the NCA here. At the month-long camp, players practiced with SG Test, Kookaburra and Duke balls as each of these balls have different bounce. The move will help the budding cricketers in understanding the difference between the balls. NCA to conduct Sports Science and Medicine programme

The campers were also exposed to the newly added Pink ball. The camp which was held from June 15 to July 14 saw players undergoing intensive training under National Cricket Academy batting coach WV Raman, bowling coach Narendra Hirwani, former Mumbai captain Amol Muzumdar and former India bowler Subroto Banerjee. BCCI will set up cricket academy in Bengaluru: Niranjan Shah

They played with the Dukes, SG and Kookaburra balls. The red, white and pink balls. They played with all kinds of balls which are used at the international level, and they had a fantastic experience, said Banerjee after the conclusion of the camp.