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Academy unveiled

Calcutta: ‘Picture perfect’ could be an ideal description of the Cricket Association of Bengal’s state of the art Bengal Cricket Academy (BCA) in Kalyani, which was unveiled on Sunday.

A ground with a lush green outfield, spacious dressing rooms, a multi-gym, swimming pool and indoor facilities, the BCA does meet the requirements of a proper residential academy.

Bengal cricketers, both past and present, certainly lauded the efforts of the CAB, but some feel one shouldn’t go overboard on Day I itself. “Obviously, it’s a good initiative… No doubt about that…

“From what we have seen, the facilities look pretty good. But we need to wait for some time and see how it functions before jumping on to conclusions and giving it a certificate,” commented Wriddhiman Saha.

Top-order batsman Subhomoy Das, however, believes this probably would provide rookies with the best opportunities to hone their skills.

“Even 10 years ago, we couldn’t think of an academy of this kind.

The academy may host the Bengal senior team for a short camp before the Ranji Trophy gets underway.

It could be a venue for the Vision 2020 camps as well.