PANAJI: Goan cricket’s biggies Shadab Jakati, Swapnil Asnodkar and Sagun Kamat have undergone Level 2 Coaching Course in what has been the first-of-its-kind initiative by Board of Control for Cricket in India’s National Cricket Academy (NCA) as it conducted two Fast Track courses for international cricketers and cricketers who have played over 75 First-class games.

According to BCCI, the courses were conducted in a “Hybrid Model keeping in mind the ongoing pandemic situation. Phase 1 of the course was delivered online over four days, followed by Phase 2, which was conducted at the NCA across four more days.”

Apart from the renowned Goan trio, who have recently turned to coaching after an illustrious playing career; others to attend the course were Hrishikesh Kanitkar, Abhinav Mukund, Ramesh Powar, Wasim Jaffer, Sarandeep Singh, Debashish Mohanty, Vinay Kumar, Lakshmipathy Balaji and Robin Uthappa.

The course comprised various topics including Skill Acquisition, Applied Biomechanics in Pace Bowling, Spin Bowling, Batting, Wicket-Keeping, Building Social and Personal Competence, Video Analysis etc.

BCCI President, Sourav Ganguly hailed the coaching talents, saying: “The experience gained through the rigours of playing first-class and international cricket coupled with knowledge of the technical and tactical intricacies of our game makes for a great combination for a coach. I believe we have some of the best coaching talents in the world and these courses conducted by the NCA will greatly benefit not only those that have participated in it but also the next generation of cricketers who will be coached by these coaches.”

BCCI Secretary, Jay Shah said: “The BCCI has always looked to support the growth and development of its coaches and these courses are a testament to that. It is heartening to see former and current cricketers taking up this opportunity to upskill themselves as coaches. The future of Indian Cricket continues to remain bright given the continued involvement and enthusiasm of some of our cricketers even post their playing careers.”


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