BCCI to convert specialised academies into full-fledged ones

‘Specialised Academy’ was the brainchild of former BCCI President Shashank Manohar Getty Images

By Kushan Sarkar

New Delhi: Sep 7, 2012

The much-hyped ‘Specialized Academies’ started by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is unlikely to exist from the coming season as the parent body plans to turn them into full-fledged ones like the National Cricket Academy (NCA).

Currently, the ‘Batting Academy’ is in Mumbai while the ‘Pace Bowling Academy’ is in Mohali. The ‘Spinners’ and Wicketkeepers’ Academy’ is in Chennai.

According to reliable sources in BCCI, the ‘Specialised Academy’, which was a brainchild of former president Shashank Manohar, has failed to create the desired impact after two seasons due to some “valid technical issues” as one official pointed out.

“We have realised that the concept of Specialised Academies is not working properly. Now look at the Pacers’ Academy in Mohali and Spinners’ Academy in Chennai. The bowlers simply don’t have good batsmen to bowl at,” a senior BCCI official, aware of the developments at NCA, t.

“Even coaches have agreed that bowling in the nets aiming at three stumps is an archaic way of training. Unless they bowl to quality batsmen at the nets, how will they improve? So, this is a conscious decision to turn all three academies into full-fledged ones.

“This will also increase the talent pool as well as ensure that all the players get quality training. This will also decrease the load on NCA which is more of a rehab centre now,” he added.

The official informed that the process to turn the academies into full-fledged ones is already in place, but it still needs to be approved by the working committee which is a mere formality. (PTI)