BCCI president Sourav Ganguly on Thursday said that senior team’s head coach Ravi Shastri will be asked to get “more involved” in grooming talent at the National Cricket Academy “till the time he is coach”.
Ganguly’s prospective move to have Shastri in dual role, could well be an aim to create a synergy between the national team and NCA.
Shastri has now had a new contract till 2021 World T20 but his terms of agreement is only working with the Indian team with an annual salary of Rs 10 crore.
“We will also create a system where Ravi’s involvement is more at the NCA till the time he’s coach. We will make it a good Centre of Excellence. We have Rahul Dravid, Paras (Mhambrey) and Bharat Arun also goes there,” Ganguly said at the Eden Gardens.
However Ganguly said that Shastri is doing well as the coach even though Indian needs to address the problem of not being able to cross the final hurdle at the global events.
“He’s done well with the side. He will be with us for next two years. As I said, India need to win a world tournament. They have the ability.
“They reached the CT in 2017 when they lost to Pakistan in the final and then lost in the World Cup semifinal. It’s a great side and just need to get the last hurdle through. We will deal with it when it comes.”
Once considered to be a finishing school of Indian cricket, NCA in the last decade had become a rehabilitation centre.
Ganguly along with other office-bearers had a meeting with the NCA staff including Rahul Dravid and COO Toofan Ghosh, who gave an elaborate presentation.
Asked about his meeting with Dravid, Ganguly said:”It was good. He’s the head of NCA and one of the greats of Indian cricket. Basically, we wanted to know about the functions of NCA. We are building a new NCA.
“The meeting went for about two hours. I met him separately and found out what is the way forward. I think they do a lot of good work.”
The BCCI had been trying for over a decade to move the NCA out of the premises of the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium. In 2017, it finally completed the purchase of 40 acres of land, in the Devanahalli Aerospace Park area.
“A lot of work goes in the NCA. It is right in the heart of the city in Bangalore and we won’t get a location like this. I think KSCA does help a lot and don’t even charge a penny from BCCI for using those facilities.
“They’ve done a lot of good work with the junior and senior teams. The bigger the space, it will be better. Once that’s complete, NCA will get a lot more bigger,” Ganguly said.
Sachin, Anand, Sania likely to grace first D/N Test in India
Meanwhile Sachin Tendulkar along with the chess wizard Viswanathan Anand and tennis ace Sania Mirza are likely to grace India’s first ever day/night Test against Bangladesh at Eden Gardens from November 22-26.
Already Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has given her consent to the BCCI and will be attending the first day’s proceedings.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also been sent an invite.
“Day/Night Test was one of my dreams. We want to make it a spectacle for everyone. We will make it a fantastic event. Work is on and in three or four days’ time, I will be able to give you a concrete picture of what all is happening. It will be a huge event,” Ganguly told reporters.
As for the invitees, Ganguly said: “I’m trying to get hold of Sachin. We will felicitate Olympic medallists MC Mary Kom, PV Sindhu for their achievements.”
“Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina is coming. A request has been sent to the Prime Minister’s Office. Invitations have also been sent to Didi (Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee) and the Honourable Governor (Jagdeep Dhankar).
“We will felicitate the players of the first Test when India played Bangladesh. We want to make sure that everybody is available,” Ganguly said.
Later CAB secretary Avishek Dalmiya said five-time chess world champion Anand is expected alongside Mirza.
“Anand would be here for a Grand Chess Tour event around the same time, so we have invited him too. He is most likely to grace the Test. We have also invited Sania Mirza,” Avishek said.
Revealing further plans, the CAB secretary said they are planning a charity match for HIV-positive children during the 40-minute supper break on first day.
“We will seek permission from BCCI and if they allow the HIV-positive children from an NGO will be organised during the first day. We will also allow them to run a cafeteria, solely run by HIV-positive children.”
The first day of the match could see a helicopter revolving around the Eden Gardens from which a skydiver will come flying into the ground with the trophy in his hand. Pink colours might also be showered from the sky.
The CAB also plans to give a pink hue to the tickets for India’s first ever day/night Test.
Meanwhile, Ganguly also informed that the BCCI AGM will be held in third week of November.
“It will be held in the third week of November. The final date is yet to be confirmed,” Ganguly told reporters.