The states budding cricketers have received a shot in the arm as Dharamshala figures in the Board of Cricket Control in Indias list of four towns,where trials will be held to unearth fast bowling talent. Its an excellent opportunity for budding cricketers in the age group of 17 to 22 years to participate in the trials for bowlers at the joint specialist cricket academy and come to the centrestage of Indian cricket,if they have basic raw talents,said Anurag Thakur,joint secretary,BCCI.
The Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA),which Thakur himself heads,has joined hands with BCCI to conduct the trials at the Dharamshala international cricket stadium on February 18 and 19. Former India coach and current director of the National Cricket Academy Sandip Patil along with Karsan Ghavri and Joginder Puri will be at Dharamsala for the Open Bowling Trials this weekend,said Mohit Sood,the HPCA spokesman. This is the first time that the BCCI is coming to Himachal Pradesh to shortlist grassroots talent, Sood added.
Besides Dharamshala,Patil will oversee similar trials at Jammu on February 22 and 23, Ranchi on February 25 and 26 and Raipur on February 28 and 29.
The HPCA recently got approval to host one-day internationals (ODIs) and Twenty20 matches at its Dharamsala stadium.