Jaipur, Sep 17 (UNI) Former Team India coach Greg Chappell is all set return to India with his bio-mecahanist friend Ian Frazer, as they have been appointed advisors of the Rajasthan Cricket Association's (RCA) academy in Jaipur.
RCA president Lalit Modi today informed that both the former Team India staff has accepted the state association's offer to join the proposed academy named 'Rajasthan Cricket Association's Centre of Excellence' to be operational from next month.
''The joining of Greg and Ian will take the Rajasthan Cricket Academy to the forefront of development of cricket not just in Rajasthan, but across India and the entire cricket-playing world,'' Mr Modi said.
Chappell, who quit the Team India job coach after a disastrous World Cup campaign, seemed delighted with the offer.
''To be involved with identifying and training the talent of the future in Rajasthan is a wonderful opportunity,'' Chappell said.
He also said that he felt honoured to get associated with the vision of Lalit Modi and the RCA.
Meanwhile, explaining the content of the programme, Mr Modi said, ''The programme we have designed with Greg and Ian is quite different from all existing programmes and we hope that the method we deploy will change the way we train our future cricketers.'' Chappell and Frazer is also credited to have co-authored a book based on extensive research into talent identification and training methods, named 'The Making of Champions'.
''We look forward to introducing some of those methods (mentioned in the book) to cricket in India with our work for Rajasthan Academy,'' Chappell stressed.
''First class and international cricket is becoming demanding for players. Training methods of the past will not be suitable for the player of the future who will need to be fitter, stronger and more resilient, more flexible.'' The RCA president further informed that the academy will accommodate 70 students and have world class facilities with five indoor pitches, a full video analysis system and 24 outdoor practice wickets, apart from a state-of-the-art gymnasium provided by Cybex, the US-based fitness equipment manufacturers, with recreational and eating facilities and electronic data library.
''In the first phase, we will be recruiting 110 students in five batches of 22 from Rajasthan. Each batch will be in training for two weeks. And it will be for boys in the age group of 16 to 19 years,'' Mr Modi noted.
''A programme for students from outside Rajasthan will be announced from November 2007,'' he added.