Dilip Vengsarkar hopes to revitalise the NCA © Yogen Shah
Dilip Vengsarkar hopes to revitalise the NCA © Yogen Shah

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has appointed Dilip Vengsarkar as the director of the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore. Vengsarkar, who also happens to be the vice-president of the Mumbai Cricket Academy (MCA), understands the job at hand is a tough one. According to Vengsarkar, the NCA had become ‘defunct’ and he feels his role is to revitalise the academy which preps up players for national duty in India colours. “Over the years it [NCA] has been the supply line for Indian international cricket,” Vengsarkar said. ALSO READ: Dilip Vengsarkar remembers his inter-university cricketing days

“It is challenging to spot and groom talent from all over India. There is a huge amount of talent in India, but it has to be groomed and nurtured and the NCA can play an important role in that process,” Vengsarkar was further quoted as saying by espncricinfo.com.

“For the last four to five years, it is as good as defunct. And it had no direction. So I will have to focus on the restructuring and make sure that Indian cricket can get good cricketers and we can have a good bench strength,” Vengsarkar added.

Vengsarkar takes up the position as replacement for Brijesh Patel who is probably having to step down due to the new conflict-of-interest rules passed by Shashank Manohar. Earlier Manohar had stated revamping the NCA as one of his priorities in order to strengthen the reserves for India.

“The board would also look into the starting of National Cricket Academy (NCA) again, whose activities are not up to the mark as of date,” Manohar had said. “And we would see to it that the NCA functions round the year so that cricketing talent is developed in this country. Today we are short of the second line. There are no spinners in this country. So it is also our duty to see to it that we have an available lot as a replacement for the current players.”