DDCA to set up its own cricket academy next year

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New Delhi, Jul 21 (UNI) Looking forward to tap young talent and nurture their skills, the Delhi District Cricket Association (DDCA) is all set to come up with its own state cricket academy on the lines of National Cricket Academy (NCA) here next year.

While former Australian leg-spinner Terry Jenner would teach the nuances of spin bowling, former Indian batsman Gundappa Vishwanath's batting expertise would also be utilised by the academy.

As part of its other development projects next season, the DDCA would also hold a week-long camp by former Pakistani pacer Wasim Akram in the capital from August 18, while NCA Director of Operations Dav Whatmore would also help to guide the youngsters.

Talking to mediapersons here last night, DDCA General Secretary S P Bansal said, ''The DDCA will open up its own state cricket academy on the patterns of the National Cricket Academy of Bangalore.'' ''By April-May next year, we hope that the Academy will be ready,'' he added.

The academy would begin its initiative with a two week-long bowlers' camp here at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium under Terry Jenner from today.

Bansal further informed that the DDCA is also planning to bring up an umpires' institute in the capital.

''We are also planning to open up an umpires' institute as there are a lot of things that need to be done in this regard,'' Bansal added.

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