Asian Cricket Council sets up Centre of Excellence at Dharamshala cricket ground

Yash Agarwal / 15 December 2015

To help the budding players and coaches with constant development, Asian Cricket Council (ACC) has set up a Centre of Excellence (CoE) in the picturesque Dharamsala stadium. The players that could avail these facilities should be from the subcontinent or one of the few Associate nations.

“This will be a significant move in the effort of making the ACC a more dynamic, vibrant and robust body, which will help rapidly promote & develop the sport of cricket in the Asian region,” ACC President Sidath Wettimuny said in a release.

“The cricket facility features modern indoor and outdoor training facilities and equipment that will allow coaches and sports staff to enhance the development of International cricketers, assisting them prepare for the demands of international competitions,” the ACC press release said.

BCCI’s secretary Anurag Thakur was the one responsible for the revival of the ACC after it was about to shut-down. Now, under the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) which is led by Thakur himself, he remains keen to keep this body operational.

He’s even offered BCCI support to this new-build center and wishes to see the A teams of India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Afghanistan and Oman playing a tournament for the all-round development of all teams and exposure to its players.

It was Thakur’s proposal that the Asian Test playing nations pledge 2 percent of their annual income for the development of the game in associate nations. Last week, the BCCI had signed a MoU to let Afghanistan use the Shahid Vijay Singh Pathik Sports Complex, close to Delhi.

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