Former India National Cricket Team player and head coach Ravi Shastri has launched a new initiative ‘Cricket Coaching & Beyond’ along with former bowling coach Bharat Arun, and fielding coach R Sridhar on Thursday at the St John’s Cricket Academy in Secunderabad.
At Coaching Beyond there will be a state-of-the-art indoor facility, a spacious gym facility and four unique pitches with different characteristics. The initiative launched by Shastri and other former players also includes a coaching programme that is capable enough to empower grassroots-level coaches across the country. The facility will next be set up in Chennai at the Omega International School and Dr Kinjal Suratwala has been brought in to draw up the coaching programme.
Meanwhile, former Indian bowling coach Bharat Arun said that they have roped in Suratwala for coach education programmes because of his experience and the shortage of good coaches in India.
“We roped in Suratwala for our coach education programme because of the experience he brings. We want to give the coaching programme at an affordable and nominal fees.
“We need close to 5 million coaches in India, but we have only 3500 qualified coaches. We are having online tutorials too, which will make it easy to access,” Arun said as quoted by The New Indian Express.
The reason for having a dedicated programme for coaches is to empower them to have a strong cricket culture – Ravi Shastri
Meanwhile, the former India head coach said that they started thinking about launching this initiative during the first lockdown.
“All of it started during the first lockdown. When there is knowledge, experience and talent and that kind of magnitude around, we thought, when once we finish our term, we should give it back to the grassroot level.
“So we got into a conversation and Arun and Sridhar being as passionate as they are about coaching, came on board. And then came the question where it should be? And that is when John Manoj came in, and we are here now,” Shastri said.
Ravi Shastri further explained the real reason behind having a dedicated programme for coaches.
“We have seen the facilities around the world and the curriculum that certified coaches get overseas. So there will be exchange programmes with our set up and theirs. The reason for having a dedicated programme for coaches is to empower them to have a strong cricket culture.
“So in that programme, he gets the opportunity to go and coach at the grassroots. They will gain first-hand experience and if they pass the test, one leads to another,” Shastri said.
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