National Cricket Academy (NCA), brain child of Nepal’s head coach Pubudu Dassanayake is set to complete two years on January 1, 2015. The sole objective of the academy is to groom young and raw talents and provide them with quality coaching from the start. It aims to instill cricketing skill among kids who love the game. Dassanayeke still remains the director of the Academy.
In its two years since establishment, NCA has grown significantly. It has gained a lot of popularity around the valley. Though, it hasn’t been able to gather a big number of players; within limited place and facilities it has helped young talents boost under different programs such as U-12 program, after SLC- talent hunt program.
Former Captain and current head coach of NCA, Binod Das says, NCA is going in a positive direction. “We have been able to groom more than 1000 kids directly and indirectly through NCA in the past two years. There are some amazingly talented kids. However, we have bigger, and we are yet to achieve achieve what we have thought of when we started” he said.
Das credits the support from the family members of the kids training as major source of motivation. “They are our main stake holders. They have been bringing their children to NCA and taking them back home on their own as we do not offer any transportation facilities This also shows that cricket is gaining a lot of popularity in the country.”
Along with Das, there are seven other coaches who have been giving trainings to this bunch of players, including Sangam Regmi, Dipendra Chaudhary, Raju Basnet, Mahesh Chettri, Suraj Rai, Bikash Dali, Kalam Ali.
NCA has also been providing its players with match exposure. This year the NCA U-12 team played a five match series against the ICC U-12 team in Kathmandu. NCA U-12 easily secured the series 4-1 recording comprehensive wins.
“It’s a privilege to be under such fantastic coaches. I have learnt a lot of things in these two years and I hope to grow to be an even player”, says RIt Gautam, vice captain of NCA U-12 team that rout ICC Academy. Rit has been training with NCA since NCA’s first session.
The parents seem fully satisfied by the way their children get trained at NCA. Rit’s mother, who was there to pick up her son, said that Rit has developed a lot since getting engaged with NCA. “I don’t have any complains. I am happy about the way Rit is going “she said.
NCA has started its operation for season III from December 13. The registration process is underway at TU Ground, Kritipur. Interested one can fill up the form on Saturday from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.
The registration fees are Rs 1000 and Rs 500 for dues ball and tennis ball respectively.