KATHMANDU :- After almost one year of hard work, the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) today finally materialised coach Pubudu Dassanayake’s concept of National Cricket Academy by launching the facility at the Tribhuvan University Stadium.
National Sports Council (NSC) Member Secretary Yubaraj Lama inaugurated the NCA at the old pavilion which is now transformed into the NCA facility. NCA will groom talented domestic cricketers to prepare them for future under certain system and structure. “It is a great pleasure for Nepal to inaugurate the Academy,” Dassanayake said as he began to brief the purpose of NCA establishment. “Every full-member country has its own academy — the backbone of their national cricket — from where they manage to produce a huge number of cricketers,” said the coach. “NCA will help get best cricketers in the next five or six years,” he added. Governed by CAN, NCA includes management committee, administration and marketing, facility manager and main sponsors in the managerial part. Specialised coaches, video analyst and physiotherapist supervised by head coach will facilitate the players, while coaching and umpiring educators are also a part of NCA programme. For now, head coach Dassanayake will be assisted by Jagat Tamatta and Binod Das, while Raman Shiwakoti is the video analyst in NCA.
The NCA will begin its work when a closed-camp for ACC Twenty20 Cup and ICC WCL Division-III begins. CAN has already picked up 37 players for the camp following the conclusion of National One Day and Twenty20 tournaments. While 14 players will make cut for the national fold, others will stay at the NCA from where a second string Nepal ‘A’ team will get shape. NSC Member Secretary Lama said the country’s sports governing body was eager to help NCA financially. “I don’t know how much it requires in the NCA operation, a certain amount from the yearly budget could be allocated for its smooth functioning,” said Lama. CAN President Tanka Angbuhang said they were currently planning to operate the NCA through its development budget and that alone was not sufficient. “We are in talks with various private sectors as running the NCA programmes throughout the year will be very costly. But we can make that happen if we partner with private sectors, government, NSC and get help from international bodies — Asian Cricket Council and International Cricket Council,” said Angbuhang.
Coach Dassanayake has proposed introducing fast bowling camp, U-12 introductory programme, U-19 boys’ and girls’ for this year. The coach has appealed private sectors to join hands with NCA. “We had invited private sectors but so far nothing has materialised. Hopefully, we will get sponsors for NCA,” said the coach. National team skipper Paras Khadka wanted NCA to expand. “Opening the NCA is a wonderful step towards success. It might be a good production house and it should be there till cricket exists in Nepal,” said Paras.