Former Indian team coach Ravi Shastri launches ‘Cricket Coaching And Beyond’, a cricket academy in Hyderabad with Bharat Arun, R Sridhar

Ravi Shastri,R sridhar and B Arun. Photo- Getty

Former Indian national cricket team player and head coach Ravi Shastri launched a new ‘Cricket Coaching & Beyond’ initiative with former bowling coach Bharat Arun and field coach R Sridhar on Thursday at the St John’s Cricket Academy in Secunderabad.

At Coaching Beyond, there will be a state-of-the-art indoor facility, a spacious gym and four unique courts with different characteristics. The initiative started by Shastri and other former players also includes a training program capable enough to empower grassroots coaches across the country. The facility will then be installed in Chennai at the Omega International School and Dr. Kinjal Suratwala has been brought in to develop the coaching program.

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Ravi Shastri (Image credit: Twitter)

Meanwhile, India’s former bowling coach Bharat Arun said they committed to Suratwala for coaching programs due to his experience and the shortage of good coaches in India.

“We roped in Suratwala for our coach education program because of the experience it brings. We want to offer the coaching program at an affordable and nominal fee.

“We need nearly 5 million coaches in India, but we only have 3,500 qualified coaches. We also have online tutorials which will make it easier to access,” Arun said as quoted by The New Indian Express.

The reason for having a dedicated coaching program is to empower them to have a strong cricketing culture – Ravi Shastri

Ravi Shastri, India
Ravi Shastri. Image credits: Twitter

Meanwhile, the former India head coach said they started thinking about launching this initiative during the first lockdown.

“It all started during the first confinement. When there is knowledge and experience and talent and that kind of greatness around, we thought, once our term is over, we should give it back to the local level.

“So we struck up a conversation and Arun and Sridhar, just as passionate about coaching as they were, joined us. And then came the question where should he be? And that’s when John Manoj happened, and we are here now,” Shastri said.

Ravi Shastri explained in more detail the real reason for having a program dedicated to coaches.

We have seen the facilities around the world and the program that certified coaches receive overseas. So there will be exchange programs with our organization and theirs. The reason for having a dedicated coaching program is to empower them to have a strong cricketing culture.

“So in this program he has the opportunity to go and coach at the grassroots level. They will get first-hand experience and if they pass the test, one leads to the other,” Shastri said.

Ravi Shastri
Ravi Shastri. (Credits: Twitter)

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