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New NCA chief aspires to create bench strength for Indian team

cricket Updated: Nov 04, 2009 18:48 IST

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Former India batsman Sandeep Patil, who succeeded Dav Whatmore as National Cricket Academy Director, said he aspires to augment the bench strength of Indian cricket team during his association with the NCA.

Soon after taking charge from Whatmore as NCA Director (Cricket Operations) on November 1, Patil made his intentions clear, when he said that his main focus would be to create a pool of players who can be thrown into the rigors of international cricket at anytime.

"It will be my responsibility to strengthen the reserve strength for replacements in Indian cricket. We should not get into a situation like how Australia find themselves in the ongoing one-day series. We need to have players ready to play international cricket at any given time," Patil said while addressing the media in Bangalore on Wednesday.

He, however, refused to set any specific goal for himself, saying he would like to carry forward the good work done by Whatmore and his team.

"I have just about started going through the journals of the NCA. Dav Whatmore and his team have done a commendable job over the last two years. Honestly, I would be happy to do just ten per cent of they have achieved. I would like to take it forward and produce outstanding cricketers from the NCA stable," said the 53-year-old, who scored a blistering 174 against Australia at Adelaide in 1981.