ACA's Women's Cricket Academy inaugurated at JKC College grounds
The Women's Cricket Academy established by Andhra Cricket Association was inaugurated on J.K.C. College grounds here on Wednesday.
Andhra Cricket Association president S.L. Narayan Row, secretary G. Ganga Raju, vice-president and chairman of Women's Cricket Academy J. Narendranath and president of Nagarjuna Educational Society K. Basavapunniah were present.
The presence of stars – Indian captain Jhoolen Goswami, former captain Mithali Raj, Poornima Rao, chief coach of Andhra team, Mamatha Maben, coach for Chineese Cricket team, added lustre to the event. Players from Andhra, Bengal, Baroda and China also took part in the event.
The academy, the first-of-its kind in the country, has facilities for accommodating 70 players, coaches and supporting staff. The academy has 16 rooms and a dormitory. A state-of-the-art gym makes the academy complete.
With the setting up of the academy, Guntur has emerged as the nerve centre of women's cricket in the State.
Later, addressing the gathering at the college auditorium, Mr. Narayan Row recollected the contribution of Guntur to developing cricket in Andhra and stated that ACA was set up at Guntur way back in 1953.
He later declared the Challenger Series featuring teams from Andhra, Bengal, Karnataka, China and Baroda open. The matches would be played from Thursday in Vijayawada and Guntur.
Mr. Ganga Raju said that ACA was keen on developing infrastructure in the State. Apart from stadiums at Visakhapatnam, Anantpur, the ACA would have stadiums in Mangalagiri and Kadapa soon.
Thanking the ACA and the management of JKC College for having partnered in setting up of the academy, M. Narendranath hoped that the academy would throw up world class players who would go on and represent India.
The JKC College heeded to the request of ACA and parted with nearly 3 acres of land and spent about Rs.2 crores in setting up the academy, Dr. Basavapunniah said.
Chief Executive Officer, ACA, and former test player M.S.K Prasad was also present.