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Don’t let former players’ experience go to waste, Rahul Dravid tells state units

Secretaries and cricket operations heads of various state units joined a BCCI webinar which was attended by Rahul Dravid, BCCI-NCA head of Education Sujith Somasundar (also a former India ODI opener) and trainer Ashish Kaushik.

By: PTI | Mumbai | Updated: August 12, 2020 10:59:01 pm
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Use the expertise of former players as much as possible in the state teams’ cricketing set-up was one of the notable suggestion by NCA head Rahul Dravid while interacting with members of affiliated units during a webinar organised by the BCCI.

Secretaries and cricket operations heads of various state units joined a webinar which was attended by Dravid, BCCI-NCA head of Education Sujith Somasundar (also a former India ODI opener) and trainer Ashish Kaushik.

While the discussions were primarily on various components of fitness data collection and resumption of fitness training in COVID-19 world, Dravid enlightened the administrators with various situations and effective ways of trouble shooting mechanisms.

“Rahul never said that it is a mandatory thing but his suggestion to states was that we should try and use former players in their area of expertise,” a secretary of one of the state units, who attended the webinar told PTI on conditions of anonymity.

“If they can be integrated in the cricketing set-up, their experience and expertise will not go waste.”

Asked about other topics, the trio of Dravid, Kaushik and Somasundar said that NCA planning a two-phased training resumption — virtual and physical.

“Virtual training will be the way forward,” they said.

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“In current circumstances, it will be difficut that 25 or 30 players wil be training together. So state team’s trainers and phsyios will have to help players virtually and phase wise a few can come and train physically,” he said.

Kaushik spoke about how there should be balance between strength training and skills training.

“He spoke how strenth training should be less when you are doing skills training and vice versa,” the official said.

Also there ws suggestion that there should be emphasis on collection of “diverse data”.

“They suggested that state team physios should try and collate as much as diverse physical data with regards to player so that it helps in future during rehabilitation programmes,” he said.

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