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    Chhattisgarh to have first state level academy

    Raipur: Chhattisgarh will have its first state level cricket academy by April next year which will help train talented youngsters.

    The academy would be in place by the beginning of the next financial year, Baldeosingh Bhatia, President of the Chhattisgarh State Cricket Sangh (CSCS) said here on Monday.

    "The academy will come up in accordance with the instructions of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)," Bhatia said.

    The cricket academy will be affiliated to the National Cricket Academy and instructors from the NCA will visit the academy at regular intervals to provide necessary guidance, he said.

    The BCCI, which has accorded an associate membership' status to a cricketing organisation here eight years after a separate Chhattisgarh came into being, will extend full membership status to the body two years after the associate membership, the CSCS president added.

    Players from Chhattisgarh are currently representing the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA).

    The Sangh has started taking necessary measures to ensure that cricketers from Chhattisgarh get due representation, starting from state level to international level cricketing events in the near future, the CSCS president added.

    The NCA has started a six-day long level-A training course for coaches in Chhattisgarh from December 22, he added.

    The NCA would extend all possible support to CSCS in achieving its goal of grooming talented cricketers, NCA's Sports Science Head, Kinjal Suratwala said.