Ravi Shastri to set up coaching camps in West Bengal

Former India captain Ravi Sashtri said he will discuss with the chief minister of West Bengal the importance of creating training opportunities for youngsters to ensure the flow of cricketing talent from this state Getty Images

Kolkata: Oct 29, 2011

Former India skipper Ravi Sashtri has agreed to the West Bengal government’s proposal to set up cricket coaching camps in Junglemahal and the Darjeeling hills, sports minister Madan Mitra said on Saturday.

“The chief minister asked Ravi whether he can possibly set up cricket coaching camps in Junglemahal, in the (Darjeeling) hills and in Durgapur. Ravi said he is interested,” Mitra, who was present during a meeting between Sashtri and chief minister Mamata Banerjee, said.

Asked where the coaching centre would be set up in junglemahal, Mitra said, “it can be held at the Jhargram stadium.”

To another question, Mitra said it was yet to be decided from when the camps will start.

Emerging from the meeting earlier, Sashtri said he discussed with the chief minister the importance of creating training opportunities for youngsters to ensure the flow of cricketing talent from this state.

Asked whether he would set up a cricket academy in the state, Shastri said, “if such a proposal comes, the (business) group that I’m associated with will look into it. I will also give my support.”

Stating that he was impressed with the ‘achievement’ of Banerjee, he said, “what she has done after 35 years is hair-raising. I told her: there should be a movie made on you.”

Asked to comment on the low turnout at the recent ODI and 20-twenty matches at the Eden Gardens here, he said this was because the matches were held in the ‘heart’ of the Diwali festival.

“The pricing of tickets, however, should also be looked into to encourage more people to come and watch the matches,” he said. (PTI)