Punjab Cricket Association has decided to open six non-residential cricket academies for the 13-15 year age group in Chandigarh, SAS Nagar, Ludhiana, Patiala, Jalandhar and Amritsar.
Around 20 trainees selected for each academy will be put under the charge of a designated coach who will be exclusively responsible for the training.
To give the trainees a competitive edge, there will be two-day intra-academy matches conducted on a weekly basis to prepare them for match conditions.
Veteran coach DP Azad has been put incharge of all these academies, and will be visiting them from time to time to teach basic batting and bowling techniques. Starting April 9, the association is also conducting a two-day seminar for the coaches of these academies at the PCA stadium, wherein the association's faculty will update them on coaching methodology.
PCA secretary MP Pandove said these academies, which will become functional from April 15, are extensions of the association's initial experiment of the under-14 academy at Togan: "It was found that the academy could not fulfil the requirements of the PCA management. Also, many parents were unwilling to send their wards to the hostel. So, we decided to broaden our base and start specialised academies at six centers."