Bangalore: The Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) opened a new cricket academy at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium premises on Monday to nurture the young talent of the state at the grassroots level. The academy was inaugurated by Karnataka Chief Minister DV Sadananda Gowda while former India cricketers like GR Viswanath, Roger Binny, Javagal Srinath and Anil Kumble also graced the ceremony.
Srinath and Kumble are the secretary and president respectively of KSCA while Binny is one of the vice-presidents of the association. The KSCA also introduced the Cognitive Video-Based Coaching System, a cricket coaching technology.
Viswanath is the chairman of the new academy which is supported by the city-based UB Group. The academy is opened in six second-tier cities - Mysore, Mangalore, Shimoga, Tumkur and Hubli.
Explaining the objective of academy with cutting-edge technology, Srinath said, "Until now, there has been an over-emphasis on representation. We want to change that. We want players to be patient and understand that it's about enhancing their skills first. Technology is not intimidating here. It is not dictating terms. It is only making learning easy and simple."
Gowda expressed happiness at the opening of state-of-the-art academy and said that he is expecting great results from the academy in the future. "At one point, players from Karnataka made up half of the Indian team. I'm happy that Kumble, Srinath and others have now joined hands to help us return to the glory days. You can see it's not just talk - they have actually implemented all this technology. I hope with this the academy will deliver good results."
Gowda assured that state government will help the academy to the best of their abilities. "I have been told that they are going to take this training to second tier cities as well. I have told them that the government will give them any support they need. They've placed a few requests with us, that they need 50 acres of land in Chikballapur etc. We'll help them as best we can.”
The academy has 420 cricketers, belonging to the age group of 14 to 19 years, from all the 30 districts of Karnataka.