Guwahati, April 29: The Assam Cricket Academy, run by the Assam Cricket Association, has chalked out a talent-spotting programme in the off-season ahead in view of the reserve bench being rendered very weak.
The academy, in its meeting here last evening, decided to hold a talent search programme by organising an open trial for under-16 players to groom them as quality players for the state teams.
The proposed trial will be held at six different venues for the six zones of the ACA. The trials will be held at two venues simultaneously in three phases, from May 17 to 19, May 23 to 25 and May 30 to June 1. The venues are yet to be announced. The District Sports Association that will host the trials will be asked to publicise the initiative to ensure mass participation.
The participants will have to be below 16 years of age and must not have represented any district team. The ACA will depute coaches and selectors at all the venues.
The programme will also include an inter-district club cricket tournament involving the champion teams of all the district leagues on the lines of the Assam Football Associationís Assam Club Championship tournament.
The academy has urged the ACA to retain probables for various teams who do not get selected in the final squad to be retained at the academy so that they could be groomed for the future. It will start six zonal academies to impart uniform training to the youngsters. The meeting also appealed to the ACA to take steps for improvement and maintenance of exclusive cricket grounds across the state.
The Veteran Cricket Association of Assam and the newly formed Society for Welfare of Cricket in Assam have welcomed the initiative.