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Kapil wants Tendulkar, Ganguly at NCA camp

cricket Updated: May 02, 2007 03:44 IST
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National Cricket Academy(NCA) Chairman Kapil Dev on Tuesday advised Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly to utilise their “rest” period from the Indian team by sharing their experience with budding talents.

Kapil said he would request the cricket board to allow the players to work with the Under-17 cricketers at the ongoing 45-day training camp here at the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA).

“This will certainly help players like Sachin and Sourav to have continuous practice and keep themselves fit. We will be sending a request to the BCCI in this regard and if the Board considers our request favourably it will help the young boys,” he said.

“We will even request for the services of Irfan Pathan, Harbhajan Singh and Md Kaif,” Kapil added.

On India’s dismal performance in the World Cup, Kapil said, “Our own weakness” was responsible for it.

“For a player what is needed is proper application of mind and determination to perform on the field.

“We have the needed potential. I call upon all the 25 under-17 players to fully make use of the opportunity to improve their cricket.”

No foreign coaches

NCA Director (Coaching) Lalchand Rajput said the BCCI was planning to do away with the appointment of foreign coaches from level I, II and III.

“So far we were influenced by coaching guidelines from other nations. But with our own coaching manual which the NCA is bringing out we can prepare good coaches of our own. It has been decided to provide training to selected coaches.”

Rajput added that former top players and trainers have been identified and it had also been decided to have physios, trainers and other supporting staff from within the country.