Former India pacer Javagal Srinath is not pleased with the mindset of a few private cricket academies in India and he said that cricket should not be sold instead it should be taught.
In an interview with TOI, former India pacer Javagal Srinath, who picked 236 Test wickets and 315 One Day International (ODI) wickets in his enormously successful career, talked about the private academies in India. He asserted:
“Some of the academies do not have the right attitude or objectives, we have to be careful and mindful of them. I have nothing against private academies, but cricket should not be sold, instead, it has to be taught.”
Javagal Srinath, who served as the secretary of KSCA for one term, also talked about the importance of the role of the Karnataka State Cricket Association Academy (KSCA). He said that he has had a chat with the KSCA secretary and suggested that the number of KSCA academies must increase. He said:
“It is very crucial. I had a chat with Santosh (Menon), the KSCA secretary, recently. I suggested that the number of KSCA academies must increase. I believe that Bengaluru alone has at least 500 quality cricketers. Irrespective of which private academy they go to, the cream should be part of the KSCA Academy.
“It is the responsibility of KSCA to give them the best infrastructure. Having one academy in the KSCA premises does not suffice for a city like Bengaluru. We should have four association-run academies located in as many parts of the city. There has to be a uniform doctrine for all age groups with a common value system.”
We were lucky because our objective was just Test cricket – Javagal Srinath
In the same interview, Javagal Srinath was asked how the players’ orientation towards the sport has changed. The former India pacer replied by saying that he feels lucky to be part of a generation where the main focus of players was on Test cricket. He said:
“The orientation of the players at a young age is very important. We were lucky because our objective was just Test cricket, not even ODIs.”
He added that now the players focus more on the Indian Premier League (IPL). He said:
“Now it is different because IPL is very challenging. I don’t blame the tournament because it is the best tournament that we have produced not just for the country but globally.”
Srinath also said that a good red-ball cricketer with a good brain can switch formats easily. He elaborated:
“Guidance is required in emphasizing the importance and depth of red-ball cricket. A good red-ball cricketer with a good cricketing brain can always shift his game to suit any other format.
“Adaptability becomes very important here and when you groom them from a young age, it becomes easy to switch formats. Some of the greats have already done it.”
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