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ACA to hold conclave

Guwahati, May 21: The ACA has proposed to hold a brainstorming conclave of players, former players, organisers and experts here on June 8 to iron out a strategy to improve the standard of cricket in the state. The proposal comes amid allegations levelled from various quarters against the Assam Cricket Association (ACA) for the poor standard of cricket in Assam,

Disclosing this to The Telegraph today, ACA secretary Bikash Baruah said, “Different people are expressing different views about the game’s standard and some are leaving no stone unturned to blame the ACA for the dismal performance of the players. Therefore, we want to give a platform to everyone to express their views and help us evolve a proper strategy.”

The decision to hold the conclave was taken in the ACA governing body meeting in Silchar on March 27.

“The agenda of the conclave will be to discuss possible ways and means to develop the sport in our state,” he said.

Baruah also hinted that some Test players and veteran coaches of repute from outside the state could also be invited to deliberate on the subject. “We will have to take them (Test players) because our people are more interested in mudslinging than giving constructive suggestions for the betterment of the sport,” he added.

Assam had a disastrous season in all the age groups in 2013-14.

A similar seminar was organised on December 1 last year where one of the former state players and a selector with the ACA divulged that the state lacked bench strength. As a remedial measure, the ACA has been organising a statewide open trial in the under-16 age group to select a team of players to be groomed by the Assam Cricket Academy.

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