After addressing the kids that turned up in huge numbers, the National Cricket Academy (NCA) on Saturday concluded its two programs — U-12 Youth Program and SLC Talent Hunt. More than 500 kids were undergoing a weekly training at the TU Stadium in Kirtipur since January 30 under the U-12 Programme, while 56 youngster had joined the SLC Talent Hunt for the last three and half months. NCA has picked up 30 future prospects from the U-12 program and 30 from SLC Talent Hunt were provided with scholarships worth Rs 2.5 million at three different colleges of Kathmandu. The NCA is looking forward to form an U-16 program from the SLC Talent Hunt participants and give them exposure by allowing them to compete in the national tournaments. Meanwhile, the selected kids from the U-12 program for further extensive trainings. Senior coaches Jagat Tamatta and Samson Jung Thapa, NCA head coach Binod Das, former skipper Raju Basnyat, former cricketer Dipendra Chaudhary, Kalam Ali, women’s team ex-skipper Neera Rajopadhyaya, cricketer Binu Budha Magar conducted the two programs. Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) President Tanka Aangbuhang, General Secretary Ashok Nath Pyakurel, Secretary Thakur Pahari and members Kiran Rana and Purna Lama handed over the certificates to the participants during a program.
Das said the program was successful more than they had expected. “We had never expected to get these numbers and the programme be such a successful one,” said Das. “We had few lapses of our own, there were some moments when we were financially short but finally we successfully conducted both programs and most importantly we have now been successful to get a huge pool to chose the players for future,” he added. The NCA U-12 Program will resume from either August or September. The NCA — established on January 15 following the initiation from national team coach Pubudu Dassanayake — has also planned for U-19 boys and girls program apart from fast bowling camp for this year.