A day after HT reported on the BCCI's plans to shut down the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore and convert it into a rehabilitation-cum-training centre, the Board on Friday denied there was any such proposal.
Informed sources had told HT about the Board's general manager, game development, Ratnakar Shetty's, presentation to the NCA committee and top BCCI bosses on closing down most of the operations of the academy. However, Shetty rebuffed that any such plan was hatched on April 12 in Chennai.
But a source in the know of things re-confirmed to HT that the meeting did indeed take place and the proposal was put out. The committee has been given 10 days to go through the new plan and return with its view on the matter. A final decision on the proposal is to be taken on April 22 with the NCA committee again meeting in Chennai, along with the T20 league's governing council meeting also slated on the same day.
While Shetty confirmed that the meeting would take place but said it was a routine affair. “The BCCI annually assesses the functions of the NCA and its three regional academies based in Chennai, Mumbai and Mohali,” he added.
The BCCI's move, according to some, is because of escalating cost in running the academy. The other reason is also that the academy is fully functional only for four months. With the BCCI's denial, it remains to be seen what comes out of the meeting as barely a week ago the NCA committee had met in Chennai.