CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) academy is in for major revamp, with former state all-rounder D Vasu taking over as director.
Since B Arun’s appointment as India’s bowling coach in September 2014, the academy had been without a director. Vasu is keen to put a system in place on par with the best academies in the country. He asserts there will be no politics and says players will enjoy the best of facilities at NCA, MRF Pace Foundation or SRMC.
“I want to make clear that the TNCA academy will be like a support staff for the players. It’s here to help them evolve as better cricketers. It’s not a power centre and there will be complete transparency,” Vasu told Express on Friday.
“The academy will be a full fledged one, with a chief coach, batting coach, bowling coach, fielding coach, physio and a trainer. All those who are coaching now will continue till their contracts exist. The academy will be a place to identify and nurture talent,” revealed Vasu, adding that his job will be administrative as well as related to coaching.
“Monitoring of players is one area that we have been lagging behind, but now, we will ensure our boys are closely monitored. We will have about 30 boys in the 14-16 age group, train them throughout the year and watch their progress. We will ensure they train for at least three days a week throughout the year,” said Vasu, revealing that he has been asked by TNCA to be present at junior and senior selection meetings.
In order to avoid conflict of interest, Vasu has decided to quit his job as bowling coach (chucking protocol) of the ICC, BCCI and IPL at the SRMC facility. He has already sent a batch of 20 from the state including under 16 boys to the SRMC facility for comprehensive evaluation.
“We have tied up with the SRMC facility for our bowlers. We will also send our bowlers to MRF and NCA when required. Player welfare is the only thing in our mind,” said Vasu.
There is a set of schools and lobby of coaches promoting their players at the cost of emerging talent at the junior level. “Seeing the way we function, the lobby will not exist,” signed off Vasu, adding that women and men will enjoy the same facilities at the academy.