Hundreds of cricketers but no NIS coach
CRICKET ACTIVITIES have increased exponentially in the City but the authorities concerned have appointed no NIS-trained coach at any ground despite the presence of NIS-trained coaches Shailesh Shukla, Sameer Bhagirath and Navin Sharma. The State Government has shown no interest in using their services.india Updated: May 18, 2006 14:41 IST
CRICKET ACTIVITIES have increased exponentially in the City but the authorities concerned have appointed no NIS-trained coach at any ground despite the presence of NIS-trained coaches Shailesh Shukla, Sameer Bhagirath and Navin Sharma. The State Government has shown no interest in using their services.
Every year, a number of coaching camps are organised in various parts of the City, including Bab-e-Aali Stadium, Old Campion Ground, Ankur Ground and BHEL Ground. Regional Sports Office (RSO) supports most of them for one month. The coaching on all these grounds is not restricted to summer: is goes on round the year. But those guiding children at these camps are either doing it voluntarily or are coaches of various private academies.
Not a single NIS certificate-holder fulltime coach has been appointed by the government. Most of the coaches are either government employees or have some other job.
“There is no coach solely devoted to cricket. We are running camps or providing coaching voluntarily to share experience with the players. We want to develop a disciplined generation of cricketers”, said J P Tyagi, the coach at Ankur Ground, who is a State Bank of India employee.
G S Pathania was the only renowned NIS coach from the City who had the credit for developing best of cricket talent. J P Yadav trained under him. After Pathania, a few NIS coaches came but went back to their hometown after sometime.
A look at the coaching provided at different grounds of the City makes it amply clear that there is dire need to increase the number of expert coaches, as the number of players are much more than the ratio of the coaches.
When asked, the coaches who are providing coaching on these grounds said that there is no specific policy of the State Government for coaches. “We have the responsibility of running our family also. If the government makes a scheme of hiring coaches by giving them good remuneration, there is no dearth of talented coaches and even the new generation coaches would think about doing NIS too”, said Suresh Chenani, the coach at the Old Campion Ground.
Syed Shakeel Mohammad could give best available coaching to the City players because he runs a private school. He would not have been able to provide coaching if he had no other source of income.
Moreover, it is next to impossible for the well-known coaches like J P Tyagi, Suresh Chenani, Shakeel Mohammad and others to provide coaching to all the participants of the camp. For the assistance even they need a support from the other coaches.
First Published: May 18, 2006 14:41 IST