Young cricketers with a dream to follow in the footsteps of Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah or Smriti Mandhana can join a daylong camp organised by the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at the Eden Gardens on August 11.
The camp will host members of Bengal’s women’s cricket team and Under-18 winners of the inter-school Mayor’s Cup. Some KKR players and coaching staff will also be present at the camp.
The session will focus on providing tips and insights to help young players excel. This is in addition to KKR’s continued association with the Mayor’s Cup, which is held annually along with Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) and the CAB.
“CAB is focussed on promoting young talent. We take a host of initiatives throughout the year to ensure that junior cricket flourishes. This includes creating tournaments for them, developing infrastructure in the districts, and organising selection camps. This camp organised by KKR is in line with our philosophy and is much appreciated. KKR has been backing the Mayor’s Cup for some time now. This step can only be for the betterment of the young cricketers,” CAB president Avishek Dalmiya said.
Venky Mysore, CEO & MD, KKR, talked about the vision for the Junior Knights Mayor’s Cup tournament. “The idea has always been to encourage and develop young talent in Kolkata and West Bengal. Over the years, the initiative, with the support of the mayor’s office and CAB, has created much interest among young and budding cricketers in the region. To add to the excitement, this year, we are hosting a daylong coaching camp for them, along with some of Bengal’s women cricketers, at the Eden Gardens, led by our KKR Academy coaches Abhishek Nayar, Omkar Salvi, and a few playing members of Team KKR,” he said.
“KKR has been a proud supporter of promoting the development of cricket among the youth of Bengal for quite a few years now and is ever thankful to the Cricket Association of Bengal for their continued support in realising this ambition of nurturing talent at the grassroots level in the region,” Mysore said.