Former India captain and Mumbai Cricket Association’s vice-president, Dilip Vengsarkar has been appointed as the director of the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore by the BCCI.Vengsarkar insisted that his primary focus would be to revitalise the ‘defunct’ NCA and put the academy back on the tracks.
“Over the years it [NCA] has been the supply line for Indian international cricket,” Vengsarkar said. “It is challenging to spot and groom talent from all over India. There is a huge amount of talent in India, but it has to be groomed and nurtured and the NCA can play an important role in that process.”
The 59-year-old also said he thought that the NCA has become stale. “For the last four to five years, it is as good as defunct. And it had no direction,” he said.
“So I will have to focus on the restructuring and make sure that Indian cricket can get good cricketers and we can have a good bench strength.”
Scouting and grooming talent has been part of Vengsarkar’s strengths in the past. He was the head of the BCCI’s talent and research development wing a decade ago, and then served as the chairman of the national selection committee, positions he believes will help him in his new job. Vengsarkar said he was yet to chalk out a plan, but would present his vision to the NCA board during the first week of December.
The NCA board, a BCCI sub-committee, is headed by veteran administrator Niranjan Shan along with Vengsarkar and former India Test opener Chetan Chauhans. The other members on the board are Amitabh Choudhary (BCCI joint secretary), Subir Ganguly (East zone), Prashant Vaidya (Central), Sanjay Desai (South) and Vishal Marwah (North).
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