Former Indian cricketers Dilip Vengsarkar said the National Cricket Academy (NCA) became “defunct” and needed to be revitalised. The vice president of Mumbai Cricket Association said the NCA had become sour over the last few years.
“For the last four to five years, it is as good as defunct. And it had no direction. So I will have to focus on the restructuring and make sure that Indian cricket can get good cricketers and we can have a good bench strength,” Vengsarkar stated.
Vengsarkar’s statement came after his appointed as NCA’s new director by BCCI president Shashank Manohar. He said the job will be a challenging task for him as he has to revitalise the NCA which had become sour in the last few years.
Vengasrkar is known for his eye for talent scouting and grooming them for nation duties in the past. He also headed BCCI’s talent and research development wing a decade ago, and then served as the chairman of the national selection committee. The Mumbaikar believes his past experiences will help him in his new job. Vengsarkar said he yet to lay out his plan to the NCA board during the first week of December.
The NCA board is headed by veteran administrator Niranjan Shah along with Vengsarkar and former India Test opener Chetan Chauhan. The other members on the board are Amitabh Choudhary (BCCI joint secretary) Subir Ganguly (East zone), Prashant Vaidya (Central) and Sanjay Desai 9South and Vishal Marwah (North)