Almost three and half months after bringing its first project, the National Cricket Academy (NCA) on Sunday launched the SLC Talent Hunt Programme.
The programme offers cricket training to the youngsters as well as health and physical fitness, art of living classes along with swimming facilities. 48 youths have so far registered for the programme. Binod Das – a former national team captain who is also leading the NCA – along with ex-skipper Raju Basnyat, Dipendra Chaudhary and Kalam Ali will be conducting the programme for the next one month.
Binod said the NCA is in the plans to pick up the best players from the programme to form an U-16 NCA team. “We are planning to form an U-16 team picking up the best from them after the completion of the programme. We will see whether they could get any exposure at an early age through their participation in the national tournaments,” said Binod.
“We have talked about the plans with CAN – the cricket governing body – and if they give a go ahead, we can see them playing at a competitive stage,” continued Das: “If we get up to 100 participants, then we will have a big pool to choose from.” NCA has opened the registration for the entire week.
SLC Talent Hunt has come alongside the ongoing U-12 Programme – the first programme launched by NCA on January 30. Almost 500 kids are undergoing training every Saturday at the same venue. NCA’s U-12 Programme is also looked after by Dhangadhi Cricket Academy in the Far-west Region.
National team head coach Pubudu Dassanayake had proposed the cricket governing body to give a nod to his concept NCA one year back and finally he got the green signal on January 15 this year. Dassanayake has also planned to run U-19 boys’ and girls’ programme for 2013.
Coach Jagat Tamata, national team skipper Paras Khadka and his teammates Shakti Gauchan, Sanjam Regmi, Basanta Regmi, former women’s national team skipper Neera Rajopadhayay are also among those contributing to NCA.