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Playing club cricket at an early age is very important, says Dilip Vengsarkar

Club cricket is very important because it gives you the chance to play with senior players.

pune Updated: Apr 27, 2019 17:19 IST
Jigar Hindocha
Jigar Hindocha
Hindustan Times, Pune
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Dilip Vengsarkar, former Indian cricketer and a cricket administrator (Milind Saurkar/HT Photo)

Dilip Vengsarkar, former Indian cricketer and a cricket administrator is very keen on the development of cricket at a young age. Currently, he has three cricket academies – two in Mumbai and one in Pune.

Opening academies were his plan before the retirement from cricket and now he is very happy with the way academies are running. Vengsarkar spoke about the development of his academies. Excerpts

How important is it to conduct tournaments for youngsters?

Under-11, 13, 14, 16,19 and 23 must play a lot of matches. It is only the match performance which counts. Only net practice will not help.

Skill wise every player is good, but how they are maintaining can only be known in the matches.

Giving exposure to players at a young age is very important. These tournaments will only give them a chance to go ahead and represent the country.

How important is to play club cricket at a young age?

Club cricket is very important because it gives you the chance to play with senior players.

In our era, Mumbai cricket was on top because we as juniors use to play with test players and when we became test players, junior from the clubs played with us which helped us a lot.

The conditions today is very different. Today international players hardly get a chance to play club cricket due to their busy schedule.

What is the most important job of a coach?

The most important job for a coach is implementation. How a coach implements his knowledge with players is very important and he/she must always be ready to develop the natural skills of the players.

Tell us about your academy?

The academy is doing a fantastic job. I am thankful to Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) for providing us with a ground (Varroc-Vengsarkar cricket academy ground) at Thergaon and now with the help of PCMC, we are even developing a pavilion as well.

We conduct 15 tournaments in a year which is a very good number as compared to other clubs. It helps the players to grow.

The credit of this success also goes to the sponsor Varroc (a global automotive component manufacturer). Because of their support we have managed to provide training at free of cost.

Benefits of providing free training...

There are a lot of benefits, as we select players from these training camps and the players who have the calibre to perform well at high levels are only selected. Selection training camps are usually conducted in April every year.

First Published: Apr 27, 2019 17:18 IST