The BCCI conducted a one-day workshop for Directors of State Academies at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru on March 9, 2017.
It is important that the NCA and the state academies are aligned and have a unified approach to coaching methodologies and modern day practices. Towards that end the workshop was once again held after two years. It covered the following areas during the course of the day - NCA - objectives and expectations, latest trends in Physiotherapy, strength and conditioning requirements for the modern-day cricketer. There were presentations by all the state academies highlighting the progress made during the last two years and the roadmap for future.
Present during the course were, Dr MV Sridhar, GM Cricket Operations, former India batsman WV Raman (Head Coach Batting, NCA), KVP Rao, AGM - Cricket Operations, former India leg-spinner Narendra Hirwani (Head Coach, Spin Bowling, NCA) , Patrick Farhart (Physio, Team India) and Anand Date (Strength & Conditioning Coach, Team India).
It was pertinent to conduct it before the start of the summer, when all the camps are conducted across the country by various associations. The highly interactive workshop had participants (coaches, head coaches, Director of coaches and representatives) from 17 Associations who will be sharing the learning with the relevant teams on going back to their respective states.
Speaking about the workshop, coach, Yoginder Puri from Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association said, “It was a very productive conclave. It helped understand the academy structures that are there and bring about uniformity as well as maintain continuity in coaching. It happed earlier also. This is also a platform for us to give BCCI a feedback of the coaching practices that are being carried out in different states. While the BCCI has shared its inputs with the states, it has also given us an opportunity to share suggestions which BCCI can incorporate if found useful. It should happen every year. I would say that I would be taking confidence from this workshop (due to the interaction).”
Head coach of the Andhra Cricket Association, Krishna Rao too mentioned that it was a very useful and an informative interaction. “It was a great platform for all of us to know what is happening in other states – exchange of information of the activities that are carried out. It was the best of the people assembling on one platform to share their knowledge which definitely helps.”
Both spoke of being introduced to software and packages that help in monitoring the players. They were introduced to packages like the central data base maintained at the NCA which can also be used by the states and will help maintain continuity and monitor a player’s progress in a coordinated manner. Also, coaching and monitoring of players, especially at the junior levels and the latest methods were discussed. Puri and Rao felt that having such workshops every year would definitely benefit the coaches.