National Cricket Academy

The National Cricket Academy (NCA) is a cricket facility of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in Bengaluru, India, for the purpose of developing young cricketers who have been identified as having the potential to represent the Indian cricket team. It was established in 2000 and is located near the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium[1] The facility is also used for the rehabilitation of injured players.[2]

National Cricket Academy
AbbreviationNCA
Founded2000; 24 years ago (2000)
FounderRaj Singh Dungarpur
TypeCricket academy
Legal statusfoundation
FocusPlayer development
Location
ServicesTraining, guidance, rehabilitation
Director
VVS Laxman
Parent organization
BCCI

Former cricketer VVS Laxman is the director of the NCA.

Activities

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The NCA has collaborated with the MRF Pace Foundation to train fast bowlers from across the country.[3]

The facility also works as a rehabilitation centre for injured members of India's cricket team. Ravi Shastri, in comments about frequently injured cricketers, sarcastically called some players "permanent residents of NCA", which he said was "not a good thing at all".[4] As of July 2023, Jasprit Bumrah, Prasidh Krishna, and Rishabh Pant were admitted to the centre.[5]

History

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The NCA was the brainchild of cricket administrator and former BCCI President Raj Singh Dungarpur.[6]

In 2000, NCA member and adviser Sunil Gavaskar argued that the NCA team should not have played the visiting Zimbabwe team, saying "I thought it was unfair on the performers who were not given a chance to play first class matches against touring sides".[7] In response, NCA chair Raj Singh Dungarpur said, "Such people should either resign from the committee, or take it on, or fall in line."[7] Gavaskar resigned as NCA committee member.[7][8]

In 2014, BCCI collaborated with Cricket Australia (CA) and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to get expert opinion on the creation of its new structure.

On 16 February 2022, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah announced the construction of a new NCA facility near the Bangalore airport. Plans included three cricket grounds, a gymnasium, 40 practice pitches, a swimming pool and rooms for upcoming players.[9]

Administration

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Season Chair Director Coaches
2000[1] Raj Singh Dungarpur Vasu Paranjpe, Roger Binny
2001[10] Sunil Gavaskar Brijesh Patel Balwinder Sandhu (Chief coach),[11] K Jayantilal, Roger Binny
2002 Bittu
2003 Chandrakant Pandit, Venkatesh Prasad, Rajesh Kamath, Vaibhav Daga (Physio)[12]
2004
2005[13] Shivlal Yadav Dinesh Nanavaty, Venkatesh Prasad, Raghuram Bhat, Sanath Kumar, S. Basu[14]
2006 Kapil Dev[15]
2007 Ravi Shastri[16]
2008–2010 Dav Whatmore
2010–2012 Anil Kumble[17] Sandeep Patil
2014–2019 Brijesh Patel[18] Dr.Kinjal Suratwala (Head, Sports Science & Coach Education), Bharat Arun (Head, Bowling Unit), Dinesh Nanavaty (Head, Batting Unit), V Venkataram (bowling coach), R Sridhar (fielding coach)
2019–2021 Rahul Dravid
2021 VVS Laxman[19]

Indian cricketers from NCA

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2012

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2013

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  • International: Gautam Gambhir, Ajay Ratra, L Balaji, Parthiv Patel, Deep Dasgupta
  • Domestic: Piyush Arya, Vinayak Mane, Y Gnaneswara Rao, Ishan Ganda, Kashinath Khadkikar, Gaganinder Singh, Arindam Das, Arjun Yadav, Vidyut Sivaramakrishnan, Raja Ali, Uday Karkera, Salil Yadav, Mulewa Dharmichand, Swapnil Hazare, Maninder Singh, Shalabh Srivastava

2018

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Border-Gavaskar Scholarship[21]

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NCA awards a scholarship to three promising players to visit Australia's Centre of Excellence in Brisbane. The scholarship is named after the legendary Australian and Indian captains, Allan Border and Sunil Gavaskar, who both scored more than 10,000 runs in Test cricket.

2000

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2001

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2002

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2003

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2004

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2005

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2006

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2007

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2008

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2009

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References

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  1. ^ a b c d "NCA Inaugurated". The Hindu. 2 May 2000. Archived from the original on 25 January 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2007.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  2. ^ Staff, CricTracker (13 August 2021). "'Unhappy' NCA tightens rules, fitness clearance mandatory for injured Indian players". CricTracker. Retrieved 9 October 2022.
  3. ^ "BCCI signs five-year agreement with MRF Pace Foundation". BusinessLine. 2 September 2014. Retrieved 16 September 2023.
  4. ^ "'Some have become permanent residents of NCA': Ravi Shastri blasts players' injury management". The Times of India. 12 April 2023. ISSN 0971-8257. Retrieved 1 August 2023.
  5. ^ "'No pace. Even kids playing him easily': Jasprit Bumrah's post-recovery speed questioned in fresh bowling video - Watch". Hindustan Times. 31 July 2023. Retrieved 1 August 2023.
  6. ^ "His last words: Donald George Bradman". Daily News and Analysis. 13 September 2009. Retrieved 11 March 2011.
  7. ^ a b c "Raj singh is nothing without his chair: Gavaskar". ESPNcricinfo. 23 December 2000. Retrieved 9 May 2007.
  8. ^ "Gavaskar at best, a reluctant administrator". Hindustan Times. 29 March 2014. Retrieved 17 September 2023.
  9. ^ "BCCI Plans NCA Contracts for Fresh Bowling Talent Both Men and Women". The Times of India.
  10. ^ "NCA to open five zonal academies". ESPNcricinfo. 30 April 2001. Retrieved 9 May 2007.
  11. ^ "Balwinder Sandhu to be NCA's Head Coach". The Hindu. 8 March 2001. Archived from the original on 25 January 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2007.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  12. ^ "NCA camp from today". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 11 July 2007. Retrieved 9 May 2007.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  13. ^ "NCA appointments". The Hindu. 5 December 2005. Archived from the original on 7 December 2005. Retrieved 9 May 2007.
  14. ^ "NCA training season from May 1". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 12 October 2007. Retrieved 9 May 2007.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  15. ^ "2006/08 Selection Committee Announcement". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 14 March 2007.
  16. ^ "Ravi Shastri appointed NCA chairman". ESPNcricinfo. 28 September 2007.
  17. ^ ndtv
  18. ^ Patel set to be NCA director
  19. ^ India Today Web Desk, Delhi (13 December 2021). "VVS Laxman takes over as NCA chief, shares photo from 'first day in office': An exciting new challenge". India Today. Retrieved 9 October 2022.
  20. ^ "Hanumant rules out return of trainees". ESPNcricinfo. 28 July 2000. Retrieved 9 May 2007.
  21. ^ https://india.highcommission.gov.au/ndli/PA_18_2005.html