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Kushal Phatarpekar, Hindustan Times
Mumbai, June 23, 2013
After warning the under-25 players about the dangers of match-fixing, the cricket Board has now gone a step ahead by teaching them the basics of financial management. On Saturday, the players attending the National Cricket Academy (NCA) camp in Mysore were given a lecture that dealt with bank accounts, investments and the functioning of the share market.

The BCCI, under the harsh glare of the public and authorities in the wake of the spot-fixing scandal in the domestic Twenty20 league, earlier organised a seminar for match-fixing awareness.

The BCCI roped in a top bank executive to conduct the class. “We were taught the basics of financial management, even things like how a savings account differs from current account. The emphasis was also on wealth management and planning for the future,” a player who attended the lecture told HT.

The BCCI is looking to ensure its players are not vulnerable to enticements from illegal bookies. “It has been a new experience for us,” he said. “While we do receive training about mental toughness and physical training, this was a pleasant surprise.”

BCCI’s game developme-nt manager, Ratnakar Shet-ty, said the initiative was re-quired as players at this age start earning well.

“Through these lectures we plan to teach players to be responsible. It is a sensitive age (19-25) as players start earning, with many starting to play Ranji. We’re trying to help them to be mentally fit and hone their skills,” said Shetty.

At the camp, the cricketers are also taught the history of the BCCI as well as lessons to tackle corruption in the game.

As for on-field training, the board has sought the services of former India players Kiran More, Venkatesh Prasad and Venkatapathy Raju.