Cricket academy inaugurated


The Cricket Academy, which had long been on the wish list of both coaches and players, finally saw the day of light on Tuesday.

The academy, which comes equipped with an upgraded physical fitness at the small building at the Tribhuvan University (TU) Cricket Ground, Kirtipur, was inaugurated by the member secretary of National Sports Council Yubaraj Lama.

Unlike the orthodox academy, where players reside and train, the academy at the TU ground will be used for training purpose for now.  

For the time being the 37 players that Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) has selected for the upcoming ACC T-20 Elite Cup will utilise the facilities provided at the academy.

“Academy is the back bone of cricket, this is where the error of players will be corrected,” said Pubudu Dassanayake, whose brain child the academy is said, “In future we hope to open its branches in other districts too.”

He revealed that two sides- the national squad and the A team- will be selected from the 37 players that are in the close camp. Unlike in yesteryears, the A team too will train through out the year.

Two coaches; Jagat Tamata and Binod Das will look after the A team.

“Later we plan to incorporate the women’s team, the U-19 and U-12 team in the academy,” Dassanayake added.

National captain Paras Khadka said the academy was a factory to produce players. “The initiation of the academy at a time when Nepal have been enjoying good results in the international games is wonderful,” Khadka said.


Posted on: 2013-01-16 09:02