The young players have been divided into 25 pools
India's triumph at the recently-concluded Cricket World Cup and the on-going Indian Premier League (IPL) are two major reasons for the unprecedented turn-out of youngsters at the summer cricket coaching camps organised by the Krishna District Cricket Association (KDCA).
More than 475 children got themselves enrolled at several places in the city and district including the Siddhartha Medical College (SMC) grounds where they were busy learning the basics of cricket.
Though the camp at SMC looked unwieldy, the KDCA administrators have taken measures to make the camp a productive one by appointing 25 coaches, both BCCI level-1 and NIS and divided the 475 youngsters into 25 pools. “By dividing the players into pools it is easy for the coaches to concentrate on the players and assess their performance,” said KDCA secretary Koka Ramesh.
The ever-increasing popularity of cricket has made KDCA set up camps at its sub-centres like Krishna Lanka, Bhavanipuram and Singhnagar. “We are also conducting camps at Jaggaiahpet, Vuyyuru, Nuzvid, Machilipatnam and Kondapalli,” he added.
“After fitness drills we are initiating the boys into various rudiments such as holding of the bat, grip and batting postures, bowling run-up and delivery action. Thanks to television coverage, the boys have some knowledge about the game,” said B. Chiranjeevi, a level-I coach.
Former Ranji player from Andhra and NIS Coach Ch. Shankar said that the coaches were keeping a keen eye on the progress of the boys and they will be identifying both batters and bowlers for the future.
“In the last week of the camp, we will select the best players and conduct a tournament. Match exposure will help them exhibit their skills,” Mr. Shankar added.
There is another camp at IGMC Stadium where players who have already represented Andhra in the State tournaments are sharpening their skills. The camp will conclude on May 31.
This year 475 kids have enrolled compared to last year's 250 World Cup, IPL are reasons for the heavy turnout
This year 475 kids have enrolled compared to last year's 250
World Cup, IPL are reasons for the heavy turnout