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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Rahul Dravid Evinces Interest in Promoting Young Cricketers in Coastal Karnataka

Rahul Dravid Evinces Interest in Promoting Young Cricketers in Coastal Karnataka
Daijiworld Media Network—Dubai (CN)
Abu Dhabi, May 18: Former Indian cricket captain and ‘The Wall’ Rahul Dravid is keen to nurture the cricketing skills of the young generation in Karnataka, and in the coastal districts in particular. Dravid, who visited Abu Dhabi recently for a cricket promotion event, disclosed this during his meeting with Dayananda Bangera, former Goa Ranji player and proud Mangalorean cricketer who has represented the UAE national team in many international matches.
Bangera, who is a Level 2-certified coach, presently residing in Abu Dhabi, has been keenly taking an interest in encouraging young cricket players. He has a special desire to promote cricket among the young kids in the coastal districts of Karnataka.
“It is sad that we do not see any major cricket talent in the Indian team and Karnataka's representation in national cricket is very disappointing of late. If this continues, the state loses importance in cricket in the cricket crazy nation,” said Bangera.
“Luckily, Rahul Dravid is very keen about promoting and developing cricket among school kids and young players. He is ready to travel across the coastal districts to train young guns and he is very keen to develop cricket in the region. He too expressed his disappointment about the lack of state representation in the national side,” added Bangera.
“Once the IPL is completed, Dravid will put the proposal of promoting cricket in the coastal district before the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA), which will surely meet the demands and needs of coastal districts, as currently the KSCA is led by young and honest leaders like Anil Kumble, Javagal Srinath, and Venkatesh Prasad,” said Bangera hoping for a better future for cricket in the coastal districts.
Bangera stressed to Dravid that KSCA must pick potential candidates to train or play at the state level as this will help them to be groomed better.
Bangera added that being an international cricketer will not help coach any teams or players officially. One has to undergo training under ICC and pass out after training at a different level.


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