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At the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London on April 19th, 2018, the Honourable Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi announced that India will organise cricket training for boys and girls under the age of 16 giving them an opportunity to train with some of the best cricketers in India in one of the best facilities. Pursuant to Honourable Prime Minister’s announcement, the BCCI in conjunction with the Ministry of External Affairs and the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports is currently hosting participants (18 boys & 17 girls) from 16 different countries, namely Botswana, Cameroon, Kenya, Mozambique, Mauritius, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Uganda, Zambia, Malaysia, Singapore, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Fiji and Tanzania.
The one-month long camp organized from 1st Oct – 30th Oct is being conducted at the National Cricket Academy, BCCI, Bengaluru. Some of the best coaches in the country are coaching the trainees under the supervision of Mr. Rahul Dravid, Head Cricket – NCA. A customized training program has been made for each participant. The challenge has been to assess each of these Under 16 aged cricketers coming from varied backgrounds and countries, establishing their level of cricketing competence, designing appropriate programs and then delivering them. Language and cultural barriers have been overcome, with the passion for cricket which all of the trainees have in ample measure.
Participants have also been provided with excellent hotel accommodation, complete cricket kits, appropriate nutrition, strength and conditioning facilities and allowances to ensure their stay is comfortable and fruitful.