ANDHRA PRADESH

Boys, it’s time to play cricket

A boy honing his batting skills at the cricket coaching camp at the LEM School grounds on Thursday. —

A boy honing his batting skills at the cricket coaching camp at the LEM School grounds on Thursday. —   | Photo Credit: Photo: T. Vijaya Kumar

P. Samuel Jonathan

Scores of youngsters slog it out at summer coaching camp



For the first time, ACA has introduced intensive coaching for 25 boys

Boys are given free board and lodging and a special diet



GUNTUR: His lithe frame may give a little indication of his prowess as a cricketer, but the glint in the eyes of 10-year-old Lord Enough (the seventh in the family so named by his pastor father) is unmistakable.

The boy trudges a distance of some 10 km from his home in Old Guntur to the Lutheran English Medium School at Brodipet and sweats it out for almost two hours at the annual cricket summer coaching camp.

He is one of the scores of boys between the age groups of 10 and 20 honing their skills under the watchful eyes of former Ranji players, senior cricketers and Grade-2 coaches at the cricket coaching camps being organised by the Guntur District Cricket Association.

Spotting talent

“We have camps for boys in different age groups like U-15, U-19 and U-22. For the first time this year, the Andhra Cricket Association has introduced intensive coaching for 25 boys drawn from various categories.

Former Ranji player and level-II coach Vincent Vinay Kumar is the camp in-charge here,” Guntur District Cricket Association secretary M. Venkateswara Rao says.

It was during one of those camps that little genius like Basha from Narsaraopet, who would spin the ball like a top, had been noticed and nurtured.

The boys have been given free board and lodging and a special diet as per the stipulations of the ACA.

“We make sure that the boys are made to feel the match situations. Since they all have played in one form of the game or the other, the coach just needs to hone their skills. We do not want to stress too much on physical conditioning due to the heat,” Vijay Kumar said. It was during the camps like these that coaches spot the abilities of the boys and groom into either batsmen or bowlers.

The GDCA has been utilising the services of coaches Sarath Kumar, Bhaskar Rao, B. Nageswara Rao, K. Sitharam Babu, P. Siva Kumar and Balaji in these camps.

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