Lalchand Rajput Cricket Academy launched at MCC

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Former Test cricketer, Mr Lalchand Rajput along with Mr Sanjay Hegde and Mr Dinesh Trikannad addressing a press conference at MCC Margao on Monday. (Ganadeep Sheldekar)

MARGAO: ‘Aami Goenkar’ today launched the Dilip Sardesai memorial Lalchand Rajput Cricket Academy at the famous Margao Cricket Club (MCC) premises to train and mould young boys into great cricket players.

Briefing the press persons in this connection, three of the governing council members, namely, Mr Gautam Verlekar, Mr Lalchand Rajput,a former Test player and Mr Sanjay Hegde said the academy has been launched in the everlasting memory of Dilip Sardesai one of Indian cricket’s batting legends, who hails from Margao.
It was informed that Mr Lalchand Rajput and the Sardesai family have decided to dedicate this cricket academy to the state of Goa and its people. The other two governing council members of this academy are Mr Rajdeep Sardesai,the Editor in chief of the CNN-IBN channel  and Ms Nandini Sardesai, it was disclosed further.
Mr Sanjay Hegde of ‘Aami Goenkar’ and Mr Gautam Verlekar, both from Margao initiated and have succeeded in this process of having this cricket academy with valuable support from Mr Lalchand Raput and the Sardesai family, it was disclosed at this press briefing,
It was also informed that Mr Rajput, ex-India Test Cricketer and World 20-20 winning coach and ex-director of National Cricket Academy, shall run and operate this ‘National Level Academy’ at Margao Cricket Club (MCC) grounds.
Stating that the academy shall be the foremost house of cricketing knowledge, consulting, training and education, this academy will also provide complete cricket training from theoretical to practical side of it, adding further that it will be a completely free coaching academy for the best talented cricketers from under 14 and under 16, hand-picked players, who are selected to be tomorrow’s best cricketers, said Mr Rajput.
At present there are about 25 U-14 players and 23 U-16 players who will undergo the training it was informed, adding further that the academy expects these boys to be the best players within three to five years from now.
“The academy shall create a platform for identification, selection and nurturing young cricketing talent and create the next generation of Indian cricketers,” said these governing council members. They further added that the academy will help create Goa as a hub for attracting cricketing talent from around the country for training.
It was also informed that primarily the academy will strive to close the gap of skills and cricketing knowledge between club/first class and national and international and also provide world class coaching facility to enhance and promote the cricketing lineage of India and especially Goa.
On the coaching front, the academy will also create and deliver ICC level coaches and support staff with real time coaching experience, disclosed Mr Lalchand and others.
At present the academy has appointed two former Ranji cricketers and level 3 coaches, namely Mr Rajesh Raikar and Mr Vinod Dhamaskar as coaching directors to lead this
training initiative.