The National Cricket Academy would press ahead with the idea of linking itself with the BCCI’s three specialised academies in the country, the NCA Chairman Ranjib Biswal said here on Thursday.

Speaking on his first visit to the Bangalore facility after his appointment, Biswal said that the NCA — besides the BCCI’s centres in Mumbai (batting), Chennai (spin bowling and wicketkeeping), and Mohali (pace bowling) — would also seek to establish ties with the various State academies.

“We would like to link these academies with the NCA to gauge their progress. We also want to share our technology so that these centres are on par with the NCA,” he said.

“We will start with BCCI’s three specialised centres, which cater to nine States each, before focusing on State academies.”

Biswal also shed light on the proposal to include ‘emerging players’ under the NCA’s umbrella. “We have 30 contracted players who will come to the NCA to train but I’d also like to bring the emerging players to our ambit. These fringe players are the future of the Indian team. If they come under the NCA, we will have a good record of these players for future selections. This needs the approval of BCCI and NCA members. We are making a proposal and hope it will get approved,” he said.

Biswal spent time at the NCA meeting staff and taking stock of facilities.

Injury management was a topic of discussion, he said, with a database on players’ injury history in the pipeline.

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