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More suggests strengthening of state academies

Panaji: Former India stumper and chief selector Kiran More today suggested to the cricket authorities in the country to strengthen the state academies and not be totally dependent on the National Cricket Academy to deliver the goods.

"There is money in Indian cricket today. The states should develop their own academies instead of depending solely on the NCA," he said here at a seminar on the future of Indian cricket during the 34th National convention of the Sports Journalists` Federation of India.

On coaching More, who was on the panel of speakers with former Mumbai Ranji Trophy captain Amol Muzumdar, were of the opinion that natural flair and abilities should be encouraged instead of concentrating on mere technique.

The three levels of coaching (Levels I, II and III) do offer an insight but the levels should not be overdone to an extent that talent and commitment is lost, according to the duo.

Referring to the changed scenario vis-a-vis coaching, More and Muzumdar pointed out that as compared to earlier days when the Marylebone Cricket Club`s coaching manual was preferred, nowdays Twenty20 DVDs are the chosen ones.

The youngsters see glamour in Twenty20 as the shorter version appeals more to them than Test cricket indicating the game has changed, according to More and Muzumdar.

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