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Kapil moots more facilities

Guwahati, Nov. 18: Legendary cricketer Kapil Dev today suggested that the state cricket associations in talent pockets like Assam should try to provide better coaching facilities to promising players to produce quality cricketers.

On why Assam has not been able to produce international cricketers, the 1983 World Cup winning team captain said: “There cannot be any question of a state not being able to produce players and there cannot be any dearth of cricketing talent in any part of the country. The only need is for better coaching facilities and the dedication of the players. If Jharkhand can produce Dhoni to lead the Indian team and places like Rajkot can produce Pujara, why can’t Assam produce players for the country?”

“The players should have the attitude of playing for the nation, not for a particular state,” he added.

Haryana Hurricane was in Royal Group of Institutions here to attend the opening of the Royal Global School today where he released the admission prospectus for the session 2013-14 and inaugurated an air-conditioned indoor sports complex of the school.

Interacting with the students, he said, “Commitment is a key factor for character-building, to be a good citizen or a sportsman.”

The cricket icon appealed to the parents not to force their children to study for marks in the examination or to become sportspersons. “I have never seen a gold medallist in studies doing something great themselves. I have always seen them working for others. To be someone in this world, I suggest, the child’s interests should be appreciated and guide him in the right direction,” he said.