AkasnhLAST UPDATED: Aug. 13, 2020, 3:40 p.m.
Bengaluru: Emphasising the importance of using former players to mentor youngsters, batting legend Rahul Dravid has urged the state associations to maximize the use of their expertise as much as possible in their respective domestic teams.
The former India star was speaking at a webinar organised by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), which was also attended by the secretaries and cricket operational heads of various states. Former India ODI opener Sujith Somasundar, who is the head of education at the NCA and NCA trainer Ashish Kaushik also took part in the webinar.
The discussions at the event focused primarily on the components of fitness data collection and resumption of fitness training sessions at the National Cricket Academy (NCA).
Dravid kept various points to troubleshoot the various problems faced by the state committee in this pandemic.
”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. If they can be integrated into the cricketing set-up, their experience and expertise will not go waste. Virtual training will be the way forward,” a secretary of one of the state units told PTI.
”In the current circumstances, it will be difficult that 25 or 30 players will be training together. So state team’s trainers and physios will have to help players virtually and phase-wise a few can come and train physically,” he added.
When asked about the other topics of cricket and physical fitness, Dravid, Kaushik, and Somasundar informed that the NCA was planning a two-phased option for the resumption of training, which included both virtual and physical aspects.
Kaushik spoke about the importance of maintaining a balance between strength training and skills training.
”He spoke how strength training should be less when you are doing skills training and vice versa,” the official said.
”They suggested that state team physios should try and collate as much as diverse physical data with regards to the player so that it helps in the future during rehabilitation programs,” he added.