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Academy shortlists 26 juniors

Guwahati, June 11: The Assam Cricket Academy has shortlisted 26 under-16 players to be groomed in a second phase of coaching programme from a statewide open trial held recently.

Altogether 1,670 young enthusiasts attended the three-day trials held in six different venues — Tinsukia, Goalpara, Guwahati, Silchar, Biswanatch Chariali and Nagaon — across the state and 26 of them were spotted having potential.

The youngsters will now be trained in a central camp of the academy at Nehru Stadium here from June 22.

The selected players for the camp are Abdul Aziz Qureshi, L. Kiran Kumar Singha, Lobo Kumar Paswan, Prabal Das, Bibhan Ahmed, Sunny Mandal, Nayan Jyoti Haloi, Tanuj Jain, Subham Choudhury, Harsha Barman, Sunil Bera, Abhisekh Gupta, Bhaskar Boruah, Sudarsan Gohain, Bilchus Tirkey, Niraz Prasad Sahani, Akash Ghosh, Krishan Razak, Subhajit Paul, Dibakar Goala, Sudharsan Singha, Bishal Rudra Paul, Bishnu Patra, Sidharth Bora, Saibal Ghosh and Bhairob Bharali.

The Assam Cricket Association has laid special emphasis on the uplift of under-16 cricket in order to create a bench strength.

Another measure adopted in this direction was making the RG Baruah Trophy under-17 inter-district tournament to an under-16 affair to prepare the boys in the BCCI format. A decision in this regard was taken in the last ACA governing body meeting here on Sunday. Besides, the ACA has abolished the limited-overs format in junior cricket. All the under-13, under-14, under-16 and under-19 tournaments will be two-day affairs from the next editions onwards. The step has been taken to help build the temperament of the players to play long innings.