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Centre of Excellence set for launch

The Centre of Excellence, an initiative of the Justice (Retd.) Vikramajit Sen-administered Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA), will be launched at the Ferozeshah Kotla on Monday.

The project was among the key ones drawn up by Justice Sen and has the support of some top players from the State.

Former First Class umpire and noted coach Arun Bhardwaj will be the chairman of the academy.

Ninety boys in the under-19 category will form the first batch of the centre and undergo training in groups of 45.

The coaches

The coaches involved in the academy are Vinod Sharma, Arun Khurana, Asjit Jayaprakasham, Gursharan Singh, V. Arvind, Rajat Bhatia, Jaya Sharma and Shivani Gupta.

The academy will also invite Dronacharya coach Sunita Sharma and former First Class cricketer Sumeet Dogra from time to time. There are plans to request stalwarts like Kapil Dev and Virender Sehwag too.

Open trials

The selection of the trainees was done through open trials.

“We will add 15 boys from the last year’s team,” Bhardwaj pointed out. The selection committee comprised of Maninder Singh, Manoj Prabhakar, Nikhil Chopra, Robin Singh (Jr) and Amit Bhandari.

“This drive is aimed at producing quality cricketers who are well versed with every aspect of the game. Cricket, for that matter sport, teaches you the spirit to overcome challenges and we are going to engage ourselves in this exercise most earnestly.

“We have a wonderful bunch of coaches who bring vast experience to the job and I am sure Delhi cricket will benefit a lot,” said Bhardwaj.

Student of cricket

Known for his knowledge of the game, Bhardwaj considers himself a student of cricket.

“The thrust will be on the improving the standard of coaching. There is no uniformity in coaching and that has been a concern. We will look at areas like technical, tactical, physical and mental side of coaching.

“We will address all these four areas so that the boys are optimally prepared to perform in the middle. That’s what we will endeavour to do.

“The Centre will be the platform to produce potential first-class cricketers and beyond that,” Bhardwaj said.

Elaborating on the need of the centre, Bhardwaj observed, “It is not a destination but a journey. It is ongoing process. You have to keep on persevering to raise the bar. It is a two-way process. The boys have to be dedicated and determined too. The coaches have to concentrate on imparting the best of their knowledge.”

Former First Class umpire and noted coach Arun Bhardwaj will be the chairman of the academy.

Ninety boys in the under-19 category will form the first batch of the centre and undergo training in groups of 45.