Rahul Dravid : Teams should utilise former players’ expertise

National Cricket Academy (NCA) chief Rahul Dravid wants the State teams’ set-up to utilise the expertise of former players. The former Indian batsman suggested this while he was interacting with members of affiliated units during BCCI’s webinar.

BCCI-NCA head of Education Sujith Somasundar, who is a former India ODI opener and trainer Ashish Kaushik also attended the webinar.

The secretaries and cricket operation heads of many State units also joined the webinar.

“Rahul never said that it was mandatory. But his suggestion to States was that we should try and use former players in their area of expertise,” said a secretary of one of the State units who attended the webinar. “If they can be integrated in the set-up, their experience and expertise will not go waste.”

According to an official, NCA was planning a two-phased training resumption which would be virtual and physical.

“Virtual training will be the way forward. In the current circumstances, it will be difficut for 25 to 30 players to train together. So the State team’s trainers and phyios will have to help players ‘virtually’. And a few can come and train physically phasewise,” he said.

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