The much-awaited Hyderabad Cricket Academy of Excellence will start functioning at the Gymkhana Grounds here from Thursday with former Indian team manager Dr. M. V. Sridhar as Director.

A panel of coaches who are qualified Level II and Level III and certified by the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore, will be in charge of training. This pool of players comprises mostly the State players in the age groups of under-14, 17, under-19 and seniors, Dr. Sridhar toldThe Hindu.

The appointment of coaches and players' selection will be ratified by the Hyderabad Cricket Association executive committee, he added.

Interestingly, it has been suggested that Gymkhana Grounds will be completely dedicated to the Academy and that there should be no other activity including league matches at Gymkhana as the Academy will be functional throughout the year.

“Right now, we don't need any investments for creating infrastructure. We have all the facilities needed to start the Academy,” Dr. Sridhar said.

The annual expenditure will be taken care of by the HCA, which will be allocating 15 per cent of the annual grant it gets from the BCCI. “We have exchange programme with other academies in India and abroad and we hope to make this one in the city to be a truly world-class,” says Dr. Sridhar.

Significantly, a talent hunt programme will also be launched by the academy in districts where former cricketers with integrity will scout talent from different age groups and pool about 20 players for adoption.

“We will have a residential programme which also takes care of their academics too,” Dr. Sridhar pointed out.

  • HCA to allocate 15 p.c. of annual grant from BCCI for upkeep of the Academy

  • Talent hunt programme will be launched by the Academy in districts