Guwahati, Jan. 28: Former Test player and selector Kiran More, who was in the city for a book release today, stressed on development of school cricket and the uplift of junior-level cricket for the development of the sport.
“Attention to school cricket is essential to take the game to the next level in a state. Emphasis must be laid on junior-level cricket, along with a good league system,” said the former Indian wicketkeeper-batsman.
He sounded optimistic regarding a player from the state making it to the Indian team soon but added that it cannot be an overnight affair.
“With the new stadium in the city, I don’t think infrastructure will be something to worry about. It is a fine infrastructure and as far as producing players is concerned, one needs to have trained coaches, trainers and physios. It is not something that will happen in a day. It requires time and I am hopeful of seeing a player from Assam in the Indian team soon,” More said.
Appreciating the state of Jharkhand, More said: “If Jharkhand can produce a player of M.S. Dhoni’s stature, Assam can certainly do so.”
On his experience in the city, he said, “I have always enjoyed travelling to this part of the country where the hospitality has been superb. I still remember the last time I was here in 2005. I couldn’t sleep after a certain time, as people thronged the venue in the wee hours. It was really great to see the amount of excitement among the people but unfortunately the match had to be abandoned due to bad weather.”