Calcutta: Karsan Ghavri, who is one of the coaches at the BCCI’s specialised academy in Mumbai, feels the National Cricket Academy (NCA) should conduct more coaching camps for the youngsters to yield better results.
“Today, I agree with what others feel… The NCA has become more like a rehab centre for the contracted players. There are no camps which is so important to nurture talent…
“This way the youngsters can avail of the country’s best facilities,” the former India pacer told The Telegraph on Wednesday.
“If the top-10 players from each of the three specialised academies (the other two being in Chennai and Chandigarh) get together for a camp, then the country’s best young talent will get to compete against each other… Such camps at the under-14 and under-16 age-groups are very important.
“That way you can have more finished products coming out of the NCA. It is not producing great players today and there’s a question mark over its functioning…” Ghavri explained.
That the NCA has been embroiled in various controversies recently is another matter.
Ghavri is in the city to inaugurate two free beds at Bishudhananda Saraswati Hospital on Thursday for ailing sportsmen, an initiative of Central Calcutta Sporting Club.
More than coaching Ranji Trophy teams, Ghavri enjoys his current role with the youngsters.
“We’ve immense talent… We just need to channelise them in the right direction…The supply line is very good. Look at players like Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Shami Ahmed…”
He also feels that a combined team of the specialised academy should participate in tournaments like Buchi Babu and KSCA meets.
A former Bengal coach, Ghavri thinks Ashok Malhotra’s appointment has been a step in the right direction.
“Communication is very important in cricket… Ashok will get to interact with the players in Bengali, something WV Raman or I couldn’t do freely… That will definitely help the players.”
What has been the reason for Bengal’s poor performance in Ranji Trophy? “I think the Bengal players tend to choke in the knockout phase. There is potential, but the big match temperament is lacking…”