National Cricket Academy

The National Cricket Academy is a cricket facility of the BCCI 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 the year 2000 and is located in Chinnaswamy Cricket Stadium, Bengaluru, Karnataka in India.[1] The facility is also used for the rehabilitation of injured players.[2]

National Cricket Academy
Founded2000; 23 years ago (2000)
FounderRaj Singh Dungarpur
TypeCricket Academy
Legal statusActive
FocusDeveloping young cricketers
Area served
ServicesTraining, Guidance and Rehabilitation
Key people
VVS Laxman (director)
Parent organization

The NCA was the brainchild of cricket administrator and former BCCI President Raj Singh Dungarpur.[3]

In 2014, BCCI tied up with both Cricket Australia and the ECB to get experts in for helping draw its new structure. BCCI decided to make these changes along the lines of the state-of-the-art high-performance centres based in Australia and England as part of the revamp of the National Cricket Academy.

In the new plan the NCA has a tie-up with the MRF Pace Foundation to train the fast bowlers from across the country.[4]

Former Indian cricketer VVS Laxman is the current director of the NCA.[5]


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Indian cricketers from NCAEdit

Season Players
2012[citation needed][1] International Cricketers: Sridharan Sriram, Shiv Sunder Das, Mohammad Kaif, Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, Ramesh Powar, Reetinder Singh Sodhi, Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Ajay Ratra, Murali Karthik, Harbhajan Singh, Sarandeep Singh, Zaheer Khan, Tinu Yohanan

Domestic Cricketers: Nikhil Haldipur, Anshu Jain, Niraj Patel, Mihir Diwakar, Rohit Jelani, Anup Dave, Prashanth Chandra Menon, Salabh Srivastav, Fazal Mohammied, Rakesh Patel

Replacements:[15] Manish Sharma, Nikhil Doru and Rakesh Dhruv


International Cricketers: Gautam Gambhir, Ajay Ratra, L Balaji, Parthiv Patel, Deep Dasgupta

Domestic Cricketers: 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 International Cricketers: Robin Uthappa, Manoj Tiwary, Piyush Chawla, Rohit Sharma

Domestic Cricketers: Piyush Arya, Tanmay Srivastava, Salim Pathan, Mahesh Rawat, AG Pradeep, Abhishek Nayar, Gaurav Sharma, Uday Kaul, Pinal Shah, Shahbaz Nadeem, Avinash Vaidya, Shailendra Pandore, Ryan Ninan, Gaurav Dhiman,Tushar Alakh, Abid Nabi, Jagrut Mehta, Umesh Karvi, Sayak Ghosh, Prem Prateek, Sanskar Joshi, Jalaj Saxena.


  • Sunil Gavaskar was a member of the NCA committee in 2000 and resigned after criticism from NCA Chairperson Raj Singh Dungarpur on his comments in a newspaper column that it was not correct for NCA trainees to get a tour match at the cost of local teams.[16]
  • 3 Cricketers in the 2013-14 batch – Yogeshwaran, Murali Kishore and Karn Sharma were released from the academy citing indiscipline.[15]

Border-Gavaskar ScholarshipEdit

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.












New NCAEdit

BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah led foundation of the new National Cricket Academy facility at Bengaluru. It is being built near airport of Bengaluru in 40 acres land. It will have three cricket ground, gymnasium, 40 practice pitches, swimming pool, rooms to stay for upcoming players. The foundation got laid by Sourav Ganguly and Shah in an event on 16 February 2022.[17]


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  14. ^ Patel set to be NCA director
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