Sourav Ganguly wants Ravi Shastri to be more involved with the NCA
KOLKATA: Sourav Ganguly & Rahul Dravid , who made their debut together & went on to script many memorable moments for Team India, are ready to take fresh guard as administrators together. A day after meeting National Cricket Academy The head of the (NCA) Dravid in Bangalore, the new president of BCCI, Ganguly, told reporters here: It was a good meeting. Basically, we wanted to know how the NCA works.
Ganguly visited the NCA with other top BCCI office-bearers & met several officials there. "The meeting went for about two hours. I met him (Dravid) separately also to chalk out the way forward." Ganguly did not elaborate on the roadmap for turning the NCA into a centre of excellence, but did say there were plans to get coach Ravi Shastri more involved in their activities.
"We will create a system where Ravi's involvement is more at the NCA till the time he's coach," he said about Shastri, whose contract lasts till the 2021 World T20. Ganguly & Shastri have had their differences over the years but that is not expected to come in the way of better coordination. Ganguly is optimistic about the NCA's role in the future of Indian cricket. "Rahul (Dravid) is there, For Mhambrey (India U-19 & 'A' coach) is there. Bharat Arun (India bowling coach) also goes there. So we will try & make it a good centre of excellence," he said.
The NCA of late has lost some relevance & is often seen as just a rehabilitation centre, but Ganguly felt otherwise. "A lot of work is done at NCA," he said, adding that Team India captain virat Kohli He is also very passionate about the NCA. We are building a new NCA, he said.
The BCCI has already acquired a 40-acre facility near the Kempegowda International Airport in Devanahalli. Although Ganguly did not visit the site, he is excited about the new project. The larger the space, the better it will be. Hopefully the NCA will get much bigger in the next few days, he said.
Pink test: 'SG ball will be fine'
The new president also dismissed all fears about the first pink ball test in the country, which will be played against Bangladesh in the Eden Gardens since November 22. Everything will be fine. No problem, Ganguly said, ensuring that all issues related to the SG pink ball will be addressed. By the way, Ganguly himself negotiated the pink ball while playing for MCC (Marylebone Cricket Club) in Abu Dhabi in 2011. I played with the Dukes' pink ball for MCC a long time ago, but this one (SG ball) will also be fine. he affirmed.