DNA | Last Modified - Sep 04, 2011, 03:45 AM IST
Indore: Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) has started a residential cricket academy to groom 14 young and talented players, association president Jyotiraditya Scindia said on Saturday.
The players have been selected from the age group of 13 and 16 years from different parts of Madhya Pradesh, Scindia told reporters after chairing MPCA annual general meeting at Holkar cricket stadium here.
Every expense on the budding cricketers would be borne by MPCA. Academic as well as cricket coaching will be held for them, he said.
The players will attend the school during the day time and rest of the time they will be undergoing various coaching under the guidance of Amay Khurasia.
State cricket has been recently elevated to ' elite group' from 'plate group' in Ranji trophy, which Scindia claimed was an achievement.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) appreciated MP for organizing successful U-14 central zone camp at Indore, he said, adding in one of the BCCI meetings it was specially mentioned that other states should follow Madhya Pradesh's example.
He announced plans to extend Rs75000 to all the districts instead of Rs 50000 for development of cricket.
BCCI has approved the wicket of Rani Tal at Jabalpur and ground at Sagar is ready. In other places process is going for the ground development, said Scindia.
MPCA gave pension for former Ranji players and state panel cricket umpires who have retired from umpiring.
The BCCI pays pension after 25 Ranji matches whereas the MPCA has come forward and paid Rs 7000 per month to former Ranji players and Rs 3000 to state panel umpires who have crossed the age of 55 years, Scindia said.
Cricket book on Wicket Keepers of India released: Scindia also released a book on Indian Wicket Keepers written by Dr.Surya Prakash Chaturvedi. It was his 10th book on cricket released on Saturday.