BCCI chief Sourav Ganguly set for October 30 visit to National Cricket Academy

The National Cricket Academy is one of the areas wh­ich was neglected in the last few years due to the turmoil in the board administration.

Published: 26th October 2019 09:25 AM  |   Last Updated: 26th October 2019 09:25 AM   |  A+A-

BCCI President Sourav Ganguly

BCCI President Sourav Ganguly (File Photo | PTI)

Express News Service

CHENNAI : The National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru is expected to be the first stop in Sourav Ganguly’s as BCCI president. He is scheduled to be there on October 30 for a meeting of NCA officials, including director Rahul Dravid and CEO Tufan Ghosh. BCCI joint-secretary Jayesh George is also likely to be present.

NCA is one of the areas wh­ich was neglected in the last few years due to the turmoil in the board administration. Until Dravid’s appointment as director a few mo­­nths ago, there was lack of clarity over the role of coaches and the method of their appointment. Other th­an that, no decision was taken on the land marked for the r­e­location of NCA, which has net, training, gym, medical, recovery and rehabilitation facilities under one roof.

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Offered a plot on the outskirts of Bengaluru, BCCI completed the registration formalities for 40 acres in 2017. It paid a sum Rs 50 crore to procure the land. But apart from fencing the plot, not much has been done. With uncertainty over who can take calls on such matters, the land has been lying unused.

"The matter of NCA is one of the tasks facing the new BCCI dispensation. They have started making inquiries and will get a clearer picture of what needs to be done after meeting NCA officials. It’s not certain if Ganguly will visit the site on this trip. But he will definitely speak to Dravid on how to take NCA forward," said officials tracking developments.

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The facility at Bengaluru’s M Chinnaswamy Stadium used to be run by the NCA board, comprising me­mbers chosen by the BCCI working committee. Former BCCI secretary Niranjan Sh­ah was the chairman of the last NCA board before the set-up was changed by CoA.


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