KCA's focus on improving bench strength
KOCHI: The first Annual General Body (AGM) meeting of the Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) under its new dispensation has discussed the ways and means to improve the level of junior cricket in the state. Much like the India ‘A' and India U-19 teams acting as a feeder system to the senior squad, the KCA plans to form a KCA Colts XI that will act as a supply line to the senior state squad. This team will have its base at KCA's High Performance Centre, which has now been shifted from Tripunithura Cricket Club to SD College, Alappuzha.
The High-Performance Centre will also take care of injury management of state players as well as groom new coaches.
The KCA also has plans to introduce a new U-19 inter-club state tournament from this year. Under the guidance of HPC director and former India international Tinu Yohannan, the association is starting a project called 'catch them young'.
"This is basically a talent-hunt programme primarily aimed at schools. We have 80 coaches with us and they will travel to schools to identify talent. Promising players would be inducted to good cricketing clubs nearby and their performance will be monitored. If they do well, they will be roped into HPA and groomed for higher grade cricket," said Tinu.
Ticket rates to remain the same for T20I
The ticket rates for the T20 international between India and the West Indies to be held at Sports Hub, Thiruvananthapuram on December 8 will be the same as it was for the ODI between the two teams last year. Tickets have been priced at Rs 1000, Rs 2000 and Rs 3000. Sajan Varghese, former KCA president, has been named the general convenor of the match.
With the custodians of the stadium, IL&FS, running into rough weather financially and tenders being floated to sell their assets throughout the country, the KCA has apprehensions regarding the match scheduled to be held at Sports Hub. "We have expressed our concerns with the sports minister. We are planning to meet him and the chief minister soon to raise our concern," said Jayesh George, KCA president.
KCA honours Anish
The KCA on Friday also honoured Anish P Rajan, the Tripunithura lad, who played a major part in India's Physical Disability T20 World Championship triumph in August and presented him with a cheque of Rs one lakh.