UP Cricket Assn launches academy

The Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association (UPCA) launched its own cricket academy at Kamla Club, Kanpur on Wednesday. Former India team cricketer, Maninder Singh stressed on the mental and physical fitness of budding cricketers during the inauguration ceremony of the cricket academy. He graced the occasion as a special guest. Singh said, "While best possible training facilities will be given to the cricketers in this academy, they also need to be mentally fit to sustain the pressures and give their best performance." Appreciating the efforts of UPCA, Singh further stated that the academy will help in preparing good cricketers for the future.

The first training camp of 10 days for the UP under-19 cricket team started at Kamla Club from Wednesday. On the occasion, UPCA director, Jyoti Bajpai said that Rohit Talwar would be the chief coach of the academy. Bajpai added, "He will be assisted by former UP Ranji player Shashikant Khandekar and physical trainer Rohit Wagh from Mumbai." Pawan Kumar of Hyderabad will be physio therapist for the state players. "In the past few years, many cricketers like Suresh Raina, RP Singh, Piyush Chawla and Praveen Kumar of UP have been selected in the national side, and we are confident that this academy will help many more young players in making it to the Indian cricket team," he added.

On the instructions of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the academy has been started by UPCA. Giving the information, chief coach of the academy, Rohit Talwar told The Indian Express: "BCCI had instructed all the state cricket associations to open their training academy to prepare better cricketers. The UPCA cricket academy will hold training camps for Under-16, U-19, U-22, Ranji Trophy, Women's U-19 and senior team." Each training session would be of 10 to 15 days and there are bowling machines to facilitate practice sessions.

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